The Career & Technical Education Department recently held their first Automotive Collision Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Business & Education Council meeting for the Joint Automotive and Automotive Collision programs. Ismael Garza, Body Shop Manager for Boggus Ford Harlingen, was elected Chairman of the AYES Business & Education Council for 2017-2018. Pictured, from left, are Efrain Villarreal, Automotive Collision Instructor; Garza; Hector Rendon, CTE Director; and Meliton Hinojosa, Automotive Instructor.
AYES is a partnership between local high schools and automotive dealerships designed to attract students to the automotive industry and give them an opportunity to gain real life experience in a dealership environment. The Business & Education Council – consisting of owners and managers from area dealerships/independent shops, university and school representatives, and automotive store managers – evaluates the effectiveness of the automotive curriculum.