||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
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