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School bells ring, but the beat goes on for AYES student interns

November 22, 2010
By Jim Butcher, Illinois AYES Manager

Here we are at the end of summer, and it’s back to school for our AYES high school students. Twenty-two area dealers this summer employed students from the AYES program, and those students will be returning for their second year of automotive training.


These students still are eligible to work in your dealership up to 20 hours a week. Important, these AYES students even are allowed time out of their automotive training courses to work for you. 

Potentially, you could have these students in your dealership by noon and work them until 5 p.m. or so in the evening. And remember, most of these students are available to work weekends as well. 


For those of you who have not taken advantage of our entry-level students, now is a good time. We still have about 22 students available for part-time employment. 

These high school students are embarking on their senior years. They have completed one full year of high school-level automotive training. These students are available to work in various portions of the Chicago area.


The numbers of qualified students is as follows:


  • Curie Metro High School, Archer Road at Pulaski Avenue, Chicago: 5 students
  • Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, Grayslake: 3 students
  • Parkland College, Champaign: 4 students
  • Porter County Career Center, Valparaiso, Ind: 4 students
  • Technology Center of DuPage, Addison: 5 students 

New AYES School


We will be launching a new school in October. Streamwood High School recently completed its NATEF Certification, and we are excited about having it on board as our newest AYES school. 

We expect about five Streamwood High School students a year to be eligible for placement beginning next summer.


We require all of our AYES school instructors to focus intently on four areas of study with their students. That way, we can increase the hours of instruction in those areas and thereby offer a more qualified intern to you. The areas of instruction and their curriculum time are:


  • Braking Systems:  105 hours of instruction
  • Steering and Suspension: 95 hours
  • Electrical/Electronics: 230 hours
  • Engine Performance/Driveability: 220 hours  

Instruction hours are split approximately 60/40, with 60 percent hands-on and 40 percent in the classroom, working on theory and the like.


Should you have a need for a part-time entry level student in your dealership, please call me at 630-424-6020.