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AYES schools gear up for business

November 22, 2010
By Jim Butcher, Illinois AYES Manager


Now that schools are back in session, it’s time to look for activity at our Automotive Youth Educational System schools. Fall means it is time to take an active role with our schools’ Business and Education (B&E) Council meetings. 


Each AYES school will host a Fall B&E Council meeting, and they need your input. We formerly called these meetings "advisory committee" meetings. But under AYES leadership, these meetings are much more than advisory.


B&E Council meetings are your chance to steer the automotive curriculum and equipment purchases, and to develop the type of employees you want in your dealership. 

It is understood at AYES automotive schools that the B&E committee is not merely advisory, but rather a direct input from industry partners that needs to be taken seriously.


This type of partnership can only happen at your local AYES school if your dealership becomes directly involved. Be a partner. 

It has taken a long time for schools to invite and pay attention to the needs of industry. Finally, there are AYES schools in your area that are open to your input. We need you to be directly involved in the decisions of these automotive programs.


All AYES schools will hold a Fall B&E Council meeting in October. Become involved by attending the Fall B&E Council meeting at the AYES school near you. Known meeting dates in parentheses.


  • Curie Metro High School, Pulaski Road at Archer Avenue, Chicago
  • Hammond Area Career Center, Hammond, Ind.
  • Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, Grayslake (Oct. 18)
  • Parkland College, Champaign (Oct. 28)
  • Porter County Career Center, Valparaiso, Ind.
  • Technology Center of DuPage, Addison 

In addition, AYES is launching at a new school. Streamwood High School will join the AYES program on Oct. 20.


The launch meeting will start at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and then the implementation meeting. All activities should take about three hours. 

Please join us for any and all of these activities. These are your schools; come and participate in their activities.


For more information on these schools and the AYES program, please contact me at 630-424-6020.