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AYES student technicians ready for dealership-intern matches

November 22, 2010
By Jim Butcher, Illinois AYES Manager

Springtime means it is time for job shadowing and student placement in your service departments. The AYES automotive schools have students ready to work in your service department and begin their AYES internships. What am I talking about?

The Automotive Youth Educational Systems program works with select automotive high school programs in your neighborhood. AYES seeks to place highly qualified juniors and seniors in high school in your service department. Now that the weather is turning nice and service is picking up, maybe it is time for you to look at taking an AYES student into your service department. We have qualified students from five AYES high schools available for you:

• Curie Metro High School, Pulaski Road at Archer Avenue, Chicago: 5 students available
• Hammond Area Career Center, Hammond, Ind.: 5 students available
• Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, Grayslake: 2 students available
• Porter County Career Center, Valparaiso, Ind.: 5 students available
• Technology Center of DuPage, Addison: 20 students available

We strongly encourage these students to job shadow in your dealership for an afternoon or two. Job shadowing allows everyone involved in the employment process to gauge whether a student "fits" with your particular service department. Job shadowing costs you nothing and allows the student to see what is expected of him prior to employment. Taking an AYES student into your service department is a great way to reduce your labor costs as well as work with your local community to provide employment opportunities for our youth.

Last year, we placed 31 students at dealerships like yours. Many of these dealers are returning to enlist their fourth or even fifth students. They recognize a great opportunity when they see it.
Special recognition goes to parts and service director Ben Mennella of Libertyville Toyota for employing 11 of our students over the past four years. We also would like to recognize some of our additional outstanding dealership partners:

• McGrath Lexus (Chicago & Westmont): 6 students
• Pauly Toyota: 6 students
• Woodfield Chevrolet: 6 students
• Classic Chevrolet/Toyota: 4 students
• Liberty Auto City: 4 students

In the 4 years that AYES has been active in Illinois, we have placed approximately 125 students at 70 dealerships. If you need an entry-level technician at your dealership, or for more information on AYES, call me at 630-424-6020.