Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) is a dynamic partnership among participating automotive manufacturers including General Motors, local dealerships, and select local high schools/vocational-technical schools.

The goal: To encourage bright high school students with a good mechanical aptitude to pursue careers in the ever changing field of automotive technology, and to prepare them for entry level positions or challenging academic options. The program is designed to encourage young people to consider satisfying careers in retail automotive service.

GM launched AYES in 1995 as the first large scale school-to-career effort to address the needs of retail automotive dealerships.

The high schools and vocational/technical schools selected for AYES have ASE certified automotive curriculum and are active in the Skills USA. Qualified high school juniors are invited to participate in AYES. In addition to taking the required academic courses toward a high school diploma, students will take challenging classroom courses in basic automotive technology, strengthen solid "employability" skills (such as dependability, positive attitude, the spirit of teamwork), and work in paid "trainee" positions at participating dealerships.

Dealership mentors are trained to help ensure that the experience is a successful one, both for the student and for the dealership. Upon high school graduation and AYES Certification, the participating students are prepared to begin full time employment as entry level service technicians. Graduates are encouraged to advance their service technician education through the GM Automotive Service Educational Program (GM ASEP).

To learn more about AYES, visit www.ayes.org