When EVIT students are accepted into AYES, they are assigned a mentor at the dealership where they will be working for their internship.
Aside from the intangible rewards of guiding someone just getting started in the industry, the master technicians also find some financial advantages to becoming mentors to AYES interns.
We are very pleased to have Nissan North America join in sponsorship of our initiative," said Don Gray, AYES President.
AYES is a 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by more than a dozen leading auto manufacturers, the National Automobile Dealers Association, and a number of state departments of education or workforce development commissions.
Currently affiliated with more than 215 secondary/tech prep schools in 36 states, AYES
builds local partnerships between dealerships and the nearby schools offering high quality automotive service technology and collision repair/refinish programs.
President and CEO Larry Cummings notes, "This grant will allow AYES
to deliver its highly valued initiatives directly to dealerships in every city in the nation, while the school-based initiative will continue to serve the top 100 automotive markets in the nation.
Students in the MBIT automotive technology and automotive collision programs work full time in participating dealerships for 10 weeks during the summer between 11th and 12th grades, which is typical for AYES
is a member of the ACTE Business Education Partnership.
In addition to image-building public relations, AYES
promises donations of cars, parts and manuals to eligible schools; advanced training for teachers; and multimedia career awareness packages.