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Denfeld AYES Automotive Program - Duluth

The Denfeld AYES Automotive Program utilizes the AYES model. The classes are year-long, and two hours per day, for a total of two high school elective credits per year. Students can successfully complete the program in 3 years. Our program is NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) certified and uses curriculum approved by AYES. Students participate in End Of Program testing by taking the ASE Student Certification tests which gauge student progress and knowledge and also provide articulation credits with post- secondary institutions.

Postsecondary Partners:

Lake Superior College Automotive Program, Universal Technical Institute (UTI) of Glendale Heights, Chicago

High School Partners:

Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES) - Mr.Michael Lehn, Chairperson, Minnesota AYES

Student Eligibility:

The program is open and accesible to all area high school students in grades 9-12.  ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools will work with other districts to enable students to enter the program.

Faculty Credentialing and/or Teacher Licensure Requirements which support this program:

The facility has been NATEF certified since 2002, and has been reaccredited by NATEF in 2007 and again in 2012. The Instructor holds current Minnesota licensure in Transportation Careeers, is an ASE Master Certified Auto Technician, and participates in forty hours of automotive technical and industry training each year. The program and instructor meet or exceed all requirements of NATEF, AYES, and ASE (Auto Service Excellence).

Type of Program:

•  Career & Technical Education (CTE)
•  Developmental/College Readiness

Grade Level(s) Served:

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

For more information, visit the Duluth Public Schools website.

Postsecondary Contacts:

Barry Lampi, Instructor, Lake Superior College | (218) 733-7602
Mitch Connor, Instructor, Lake Superior College | (218) 733-7662

High School Contacts:

Matthew Rannila, Automotive Instructor, ISD 709 - Duluth Public Schools | (218) 336-8830 x4081
Tonya Sconiers, Principal, Denfeld High School | (218) 336-8830 x1921

Program Components:

•  Postsecondary credits can be earned through this program
•  Community Service
•  Work Based Learning
•  Apprenticeships
•  Internships
•  Classes taught by high school teachers
•  Instruction takes place in the high school
•  Instruction takes place at internship sites, under a Certified technician

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