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AYES update

November 18, 2010
By Jim Butcher, Illinois AYES Manager

AYES, the training program for high school student-technicians, is on track for the current school year to qualify students to enter local dealership workforces next spring.


Here is an update on what the students are doing today to prepare themselves for employment in your dealership in the upcoming months. The students are completing the following items: 

  • Studying braking systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical theory and engine performance, all NATEF areas of study;
  • Qualifying through exemplary attendance, initiative, cooperation, and dependability standards in their local automotive training program; 
  • Job-shadowing activities at area dealerships (hopefully at your dealership);
  • Participation in all Skills USA activities as well as CCAR and SP2 training (Industry OSHA and Environmental Safety Training); and 
  • AYES application and résumé writing activities


Look for future AYES activities from the area’s AYES participating schools: 

Curie Metro High School (near Midway Airport), Chicago

Hammond Area Career Center, Hammond, Ind.

Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, Grayslake

Parkland College, Champaign

Streamwood High School, Streamwood

Technology Center of DuPage, Addison


Beginning in 2007, Joliet Township High School will be the area’s newest AYES high school.