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Why Automotive Youth Education Systems?


Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES) is more than technical training. It is a partnership among participating dealerships, schools, students, and their parents. Through dealership tours, classroom presentations and opportunities for job shadowing, AYES will introduce a greater number of young people to the world of retail automotive technology careers and prepare them to meet the needs of prospective employers.

The AYES experience begins formally in the eleventh grade, continues through the twelfth grade, and includes paid, on-the-job training at participating dealerships.

AYES includes a strong mentoring component in which representatives from the school and local dealerships assume the responsibility to educate, guide and encourage students throughout their participation in AYES.

Once AYES students graduate from high school and receive their AYES certificates, they are well qualified to be hired as entry-level service technicians. They will have a strong foundation in automotive systems, including electronics, and they will have solid on-the-job experience as well. The AYES experience also prepares students to continue studying for two-year or four-year college degree in automotive technology or a related field if that is where their career path takes them.

Technical Skills

AYES-defined technical competencies are based on the technical skill sets identified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence External link opens in new window or tab. (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation External link opens in new window or tab. (NATEF). ASE is an independent organization that certifies the skills attained by technicians and approves the curriculum of schools offering programs in automotive technology. NATEF, a separate nonprofit organization within the ASE organization, is responsible for the program evaluation process and makes recommendations for ASE program certification based on its evaluation.

The course that an individual AYES student will take depends, in part, on scheduling strategies at the local school and on the specific needs of the participating dealerships. But in all cases the goal is to provide as thorough a technical foundation as possible in the time available. Both the school automotive instructor and the dealership mentor will assess the student's progress in the following areas:

Employability Skills

AYES employability skills are drawn from levels one and two of the Professional Development Program designed by SkillsUSA External link opens in new window or tab., a national organization serving more than 225,000 high school students in 12,000 chapters. The Professional Development Program enables educators (and employers) to guide students in the development of a range of real-world employment skills.

Through their participation in SkillsUSA and their on-the-job experiences, AYES students will have a head start in developing many valuable professional skills, including but not limited to the following abilities:

Questions: Dara Dubois | ddubois@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7754 
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