Today, there are a multitude of technical automotive-related educational opportunities both at the high school and post-secondary level. This is partly a consequence of the dawning realization of the present shortage of automotive technicians, which is projected to grow ever more acute as we move into the future.

New York State Boces programs
In February 2001, the New York State Board of Regents approved a Career and Technical Education (CTE) policy, designed to promote and upgrade career and technical education programs in the state. The policy provides for greater flexibility in curriculum and courses for high school students who want to pursue career and technical education programs.

NATEF certified programs
NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) was founded in 1983 as an independent non-profit organization with a single mission: to evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

AYES certified programs
AYES (Automotive Youth Education Systems) is a dynamic partnership among participating automotive manufacturers, participating local dealers, and selected local high schools and technical prep schools. The high schools and vocational/technical schools selected for AYES have ASE-certified automotive programs and have active chapters of SkillsUSA-VICA. Some also have certified collision/refinish programs. In addition to promoting automotive careers at the local level, participating dealerships are asked to get involved with their school's Business & Education Council, sponsor one or more students for paid internships, and underwrite the cost of AYES tool scholarships for their interns, thereby reducing the financial burden of assembling good quality starter tool sets, which can be a significant hurdle for prospective young technicians.

Post-Secondary Technical Schools and
State Community Colleges with Associate Degree Programs

Apex Technical School
635 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY  10011

Columbia Green Community College
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY  12534

Corning Community College
1 Academic Drive
Corning, NY  14830

Delhi College of Technology
2 Main Street
Delhi, NY  13753

Erie County Community College
Vehicle Technology Training Center
5885 Big Tree Road
Orchard Park, NY  14127

Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY  12180

Monroe Community College
Applied Technologies Center
2485 W. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY  14623

SUNY Morrisville
16 S. Broad Street, 2nd floor
Norwich, NY  13815

New York Automotive and Diesel Institute
3324 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY  11101

Suffolk County Community College
Seldon • Brentwood • Riverhead

Manufacturer Training Programs

GM Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP)

Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET)

Ford Accelerated Training Program (FACT)

DaimlerChrysler College Automotive Program (CAP)

Toyota Technical Education Network (T-TEN)

Volkswagen Service Technical Training (VSTT)

Mercedes-Benz Enhanced Level I Technical Education (ELITE)

Audi Academy (Technical Training Center)

BMW Service Technician Education Program (STEP)

Additional Educational/Informational Sites

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Automotive Retailing Today

AutoTechs USA

Automotive Youth Education Systems


National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Service Technicians Society

Tech Authority (DaimlerChrysler)

NYS Metro / Regional Auto Dealers' Associations

Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers (ENYCAR)
4 Pine West Plaza
Albany, NY  12205

Greater New York Auto Dealers Association (GYNADA)
1810 Whitestone Expressway
Whitestone, NY  11357

Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association (NFADA)
1144 Wehrle Drive
Williamsville, NY  14221

Rochester Auto Dealers Association (RADA)
2024 W. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY  14623

Syracuse Auto Dealers Association (SADA)
770 James Street
Syracuse, NY  13203