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AYES ready to train mentors for new crop of high school interns

November 23, 2010
Local officials of Automotive Youth Educational Systems will begin meeting with service managers in the next month to prepare them to supervise high schoolers in year-long technicians-intraining internships that begin this summer. Dealerships interested in hosting a student technician should contact Jim Butcher, Illinois AYES manager, at 630-424-6020. The area AYES program has more eligible students than can be placed because of a shortage of dealers in the program. An AYES display was well received by consumers at last month's Chicago Auto Show, Butcher said. He staffed the display with dealership technicians, students enrolled in AYES and representatives from the manufacturer- supported post-secondary training programs at Triton College in River Grove. A common inquiry: students who asked how their high schools can get certified to participate in AYES. Four area schools currently are certified-Farragut Career Academy and Currie Metropolitan High School in Chicago, Lake County Technology Campus in Grayslake, and Technology Center of DuPage in Addision-and two more are undergoing the certification process. G e n e r a l M o t o r s helped enliven the AYES exhibit by displaying a 50th anniversary Chevy Corvette, And area native Jim Moran donated $10,000 to AYES as a gesture of what has been his devotion for many years: assisting dealerships with recruiting and training. Butcher said that parents of students interested in the AYES program were impressed by the curricula the students must complete even before qualifying for an internship: 105 hours of training on brakes; 95 hours on steering and suspension; 230 hours on electrical systems; and 220 hours on engine performance and "driveability."