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AYES programs launched at 2 more area schools this month

November 17, 2010

By Jim Butcher, Illinois AYES Manager

Two northern Illinois high schools are joining the AYES program this month.

The launching of Carl Schurz High School in Chicago on Oct. 15 and Belvidere High School, near Rockford, on Oct. 29 further expands our outreach to area dealerships with the "grow your own technician" program.

Automotive Youth Educational Systems is the premier entry-level service technician program designed to encourage high schoolers to consider the automotive industry as their career choice.

The AYES-qualified students are high school seniors who are available for part-time dealership work while they finish their studies.

AYES combines rigorous curriculum with employable skills that meet the new vehicle dealerships’ requirements for employment. These students are taught using new vehicles, combining industry required safety training as well as manufacturer’s curriculum and web based training programs. 

Industry safety training utilizes curriculum compliant with OSHA, EPA, MSDS, and HAZMAT standards relevant to the automotive service department. 

The AYES program is designed as a feeder program to a manufacturer’s college-level training program. As such, the high school curriculum is compliant with all NATEF standards. Upon graduation from high school, the student can readily make the transition to the manufacturer college-level courses.

The AYES schools in Illinois and northwest Indiana:

• Belvidere High School, Belvidere
• Carl Schurz High School, Chicago
• Hammond (Ind.) Area Career Center
• Joliet Township High School, Central Campus
• Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, Grayslake
• Parkland College, (High School Program), Champaign
• Streamwood High School
• Technology Center of DuPage, Addison

We celebrate the addition of these two new schools into the AYES program. For more details regarding the AYES program, please call me at 630-424-6020.