Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Automotive Technician

Offered on the Albany Campus

The Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Automotive Technician program is a national auto industry program supported by BMW, GM, Toyota, Audi, Honda, Subaru, SkillsUSA and more. In this NATEF-accredited program, students learn the basics of auto technology and may have the opportunity to work as paid interns at sponsoring auto dealerships. They learn about engines, electrical and computer systems, suspension and brakes and the latest hybrid vehicle technology.

Students have the opportunity to earn college credit and work toward an associates degree through Hudson Valley Community College through the University in High School Program. Students interested in enrolling in AYES must be recommended to the program by an automotive instructor, and complete a transcript review and interview process.

Upon completion of the program, students can earn SP/2, ASE certifications and a New York State Inspectors certification. Career-related information is available on the linked website.

AYES also offers a tool scholarship where students can earn full ownership of a starter set of tools at a dramatically discounted price.

Who is eligible to attend?

Typically juniors and seniors from our 24 component school districts who are interested in career training as part of their high school experience are eligible to enroll.

How do I enroll?

The first step is to meet with your home school guidance counselor to learn how Career & Technical Education can benefit your career path. Your counselor can then help you arrange a tour of our Albany (Colonie) or Schoharie campuses, or the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen. They can also help you begin the enrollment process.

Where can I learn more?

Send an email indicating your interest to or call 518-862-4816. Read more about our school