TADA Fully Supports AYES
Automotive Youth Educational Systems, or AYES, consists of
Business and Education partnerships between both automotive dealers and
aftermarket service employers and high school automotive technology schools.
As part of the ASE Industry Education Alliance, AYES is
supported by contributions from over 30 corporations and automotive service
industry associates, including ten vehicle OE manufacturers. In addition, many
state and local industry associations, including state and metro dealers
associations provide promotional and in-kind support. Close to 400
NATEF-accredited high schools automotive technology programs throughout the
nation will produce 3,000 or more AYES Students during the 2013-14 school year.
For more information on the AYES program, contact Chuck Price.
The goals of AYES are:
• To develop career-ready, entry-level
automotive technicians and service personnel.
• To give high school automotive technology
students the opportunity and guidance to explore rewarding automotive careers.
• To provide the tools and support to develop
and practice the skills needed to succeed in the industry.
High school students are invited to pursue AYES
Student qualification. In addition to taking the academic courses toward their
high school degrees, they'll take challenging classroom/laboratory courses in
basic automotive technology, collision repair & refinishing, or diesel
The goal of the AYES model is a 320-hour
internship opportunity, which can take place during the summer between the
junior and senior year.
During this internship, students work alongside
a trained and qualified mentor - usually an ASE-certified Master Technician -
to help prepare them for entry-level career positions or advanced studies in
AYES Students are enrolled in NATEF-accredited
automotive service and collision repair programs and participate in SkillsUSA.
Employer partners promote automotive careers at
the local level. They are also asked to get involved with their school's
Advisory Committee, sponsor one or more students for paid internships, and
often assist AYES Students acquire needed tools.
AYES is designed with continuing professional
development in mind. Many participating employers continue to sponsor AYES
Graduates’ attendance at college-level programs including those supported by
vehicle manufacturers, such as GM ASEP, Toyota T-TEN, Honda PACT, MOPAR CAP, BMW STEP or a certificate program offered by Mercedes-Benz.
AYES has active affiliations in almost
every state and hundreds of NATEF-accredited programs nationwide.