LEESBURG, Va. — The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) have merged to become the ASE Education Foundation.
"The new combined organization will take advantage of the extremely high ASE brand awareness among consumers, industry and education audiences," ASE President and CEO Tim Zilke said.
"It will also provide clarity and simplification of message to help us assist our transportation industry partners in recruiting, training, hiring and retaining a strong, viable workforce now and into the future."
The ASE Education Foundation, a 501 C (3) charitable foundation, will continue the missions of both the NATEF and AYES and concentrate on four key areas:
- Accrediting automotive service technology training programs at high schools and post-secondary institutions;
- Supporting automotive service technology instructors;
- Building relationships between employers and automotive service technology students at high schools and post-secondary institutions; and
- Supporting philanthropic outreach in the automotive service and repair sector.
ASE Education Foundation President Trish Serratore said the core missions will remain the same, "with students at the center of all we do.
"In addition to focusing on program accreditation, internships, school-to-work efforts and nourishing industry-education partnerships," she said, "we also look to support instructors as they work so tirelessly on behalf of the students."
Focusing on student workplace exposure will allow employers a stronger role in "test-driving" young people interested in entering the auto service and repair field, the groups said. Activities such as job shadowing, career events, internships and apprenticeships are but a few of the many opportunities.
Instructor development and support will be key to the ASE Education Foundation's mission, the foundation said, with outreach focused on recruiting new instructors and assisting with teaching development.
This year's ASE Instructors Training Conference, to be held July 23-26 in Frisco, Texas, will continue to offer both technical update training and classroom techniques.
The ASE Education Foundation works with more than 2,300 automotive technology training programs and over 50,000 students nationally to provide the transportation industry a viable workforce through standards and credentials for institutions, organizations and individuals.