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Local AYES program ends

November 15, 2010

Due to current economic conditions, full-time staffing for the local Automotive Youth Educational Systems program has ended. 

Also, the management of AYES has been transferred to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). AYES is the dealers’ link to high school- and college-level automotive students. For more, see 

The CATA will continue indefinitely to help fill dealers’ needs for entry level technicians. While former Illinois AYES Manager Jim Butcher no longer is in place to aggressively grow the AYES program, he still will accept calls regarding student placement. 

Dealers who need entry-level high school and college students can call Butcher at (630) 234-0778.

 From the desk of Jim Butcher . . .

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those dealers who participated in the AYES program.

Many of you recognized the need to hire our youth and grow your own technicians.  There were many ways to support the AYES program: through job-shadowing, mentor training, hiring of students, meetings at the dealership, becoming an advisory committee member, etc. 

Thank you for believing in the youth of our country.  It has truly been my pleasure to serve your dealership through the AYES program.

Thank you.