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AYES summer update

November 17, 2010
By Jim Butcher, Illinois AYES Manager

The CATA’s service technician education program, AYES, is underway with this year’s summer intern placements, which were slow but measureable. We have placed 12 students in area dealership service departments and trained an additional nine mentors to work with those students. 


The AYES program in Illinois continues to grow with the addition of the Joliet Township High School program. Next year we will add one or more schools in the Rockford area, and we are on schedule to team in 2009 with Carl Schurz High School in Chicago.


AYES (Automotive Youth Educational Systems) works with the local area high school automotive programs that are NATEF-certified. Currently in Illinois, we work with seven high schools:


  • Curie Metro High School, Chicago-Midway Airport area
  • Hammond Area Career Center, Hammond, Ind.
  • Joliet Township High School, Central Campus
  • Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, Grayslake
  • Parkland College, Champaign
  • Streamwood High School
  • Technology Center of DuPage, Addison


There are about 120 Illinois high schools offering automotive technology courses. Of those, we work only with the above listed schools. Why, you might ask?Because these schools have agreed to follow the professional standards of the automotive industry. 

These schools teach employability skills and work safety skills (OSHA, ANSI, and EPA), and follow NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certification standards.


NATEF is an affiliate of ASE and certifies the automotive school programs to ensure they are compliant with the automotive industry standards. we work only with NATEF-certified high schools to ensure that each school stays on course to produce the high quality student you seek in your service department. 

The AYES program is designed to help your service department grow its own employees. We work with the manufacturer training programs like ASEP, ASSET, CAP and T-TEN.


The AYES program is your best way to obtain young, eager talent for your service department. I can be reached at 630-424-6020.