Students of the Automotive Technology program at the Bohlen Technical Center will soon have exciting new opportunities to learn from those in the field. The Watertown program has been designated as an official Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) site.
“This has huge benefits for incoming juniors,” says Randy Fulkerson, Instructor, Automotive Technology.
AYES describe themselves as partnerships between both local automotive dealers and aftermarket service employers and high school automotive technology schools. According to their website, their goals are to develop career ready, entry-level automotive technicians and service personnel, give high school automotive technology students the guidance to explore rewarding automotive careers, and to provide the tools and support to develop and practice the skills needed to succeed in the industry.
Mr. Fulkerson says students who want to be part of the AYES program will be mentored by a local dealership.
“They will work for the dealer during the summer and over vacations. The dealer will be able to train participating students on the standards and skill set they require of their employees.”
He adds the program will give participating students a great start in their potential careers.
“When the students graduate from the Automotive Technology program, they will be able to start at that dealership at a higher pay grade and ‘rank’ than those who were not in the AYES program.”
For more information on the AYES Program, click here
The Automotive Technology programs at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES are NATEF certified. Click here for more program information