The ASE Education Foundation offers students a career pathway into the rapidly growing, in-demand automotive service industry by serving as the conduit between career-minded students and automotive business employers looking for talent. We bring the two together through an innovative educational program rooted in decades of automotive service excellence.

Student Career Development process is
engineered from the top-down to:

Give automotive technology students the opportunity and guidance to explore rewarding automotive careers.
Develop career-ready, motivated and inspired entry-level automotive technicians and service personnel.
Provide the tools and support to develop and practice the skills needed to succeed in the industry.

A unique 4-way partnership.

The Student Career Development model leverages a modern, interdisciplinary partnership that fuses real world needs with educational processes in an ongoing, evolving approach.


Employers: automotive service & repair businesses (local level)

Automotive vechicle, parts, tool & equipment manufacturers (national & regional)


Automotive services, repair, retail & trade associations

Public Sector

State departments of education & labor


Secondary schools (public & private)

Below is a high-level snapshot of the key components that make this program uniquely successful.
Advisory Committee
Locally, a business-education “roundtable” is strategically assembled, comprised of:
Business owners, managers, technicians
Vehicle, equipment & industry representatives
School instructor, principal, superintendent, counselors
College representatives
Program graduates

Student Interviews
We provide a structured approach to matching students and community employers, enabling:
Real-world experience and exposure to local opportunities
A unique, collaborative decision-making process to best support each student
Qualified students to secure a mentor-led internship with a local employer

All career development qualified students selected for internships are expected to complete 320 hours of work experience & complete assignments.
Visited by school liaison to ensure clear employer-school communication and performance reports.

Job Shadowing
Students shadow 3-4 companies to:
Introduce students to different career opportunities; gain exposure to potential future employers
Assess their interest in an automotive career at an early juncture
Gain first-hand insights into daily work routines, responsibilities and to contextualize classroom learning
Help develop workplace “soft skills”— communication, accountability, respect, etc...

Mentor/Intern Training
Prior to the start of an internship, the student and selected employer technician team up to set expectations, responsibilities and any helpful tips for workplace success.

Awareness Activities
Industry advocacy is an integral part of the career development process, to showcase the value of automotive service and its impact to the community.

Various events and activities take place throughout the school year and involve all disciplines: students, parents, educators, civic and community groups, and more.

Benefits to Schools and Instructors

Provides contextual learning. The student career development process fuses academics, training, mentorship and career guidance in bold, new ways based on “real-world” context.

Improves perception in the community. Schools showcase their commitment to workforce preparedness.

Fosters community collaboration. Employers, public leaders, and local businesses work alongside schools to offer internships and advice.

Forges employer relationships. New bonds lead to meaningful student job placements.

Succeeds in workforce preparedness. The career development process is offered in ASE Accredited Training Programs all across the country.  And it is only gaining momentum.

Lends credibility to CTE programming. Both the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor have acknowledged the ASE Student Career Development as a pivotal role in our nation’s CTE programming and overall workforce development. It works.

 Benefits to Students & Parents

A bright, secure future. Student partaking in career development embark on an in-demand, long-term career path full of opportunities rich with innovation—varied and textured to chart your own course.

ASE brand recognition. In this industry, an ASE stamp-of-approval means a lot—it represents quality, excellence and a commitment to safety.

Strengthened employability skills. Through our partnership with SkillsUSA, students learn the ever-important teamwork skills such as dependability, positive attitude, collaborative spirit and more.

Mentorship and guidance in real-world settings. Students learn, train, practice, observe and collaborate with trained mentors and employers through the ASE Education Foundation internship program. This provides context to what is being taught—learning by doing.

A process that works. With a presence in schools all across the country, the career development process has graduated over 100,000 career-ready students.

Confidence booster. Students perform real-life tasks with meaningful guidance from mentors, employers & educators. They learn by doing. And it works.

Benefits to Employers

The ASE Education Foundation partners with automotive service businesses on all levels.

1. Nationally: corporate industry leaders in vehicle, parts, tool and equipment manufacturing.
2. Regionally: automotive service and repair associations, retail trade associations, state departments of education and labor.
3. Locally: automotive service and repair providers in the community.
Quality talent. Participating with an ASE Accredited Training Program that uses the student career development model, you get priority access to the technicians of tomorrow. Tapping into our network of eager, inspired, technically-driven students gives any automotive service business a tremendous advantage in a competitive market.

Employee retention and growth. By working with young people early in their career, employers can cultivate and mentor new hires—avoiding costly turnover and instead cementing long-term relationships that flourish over time. See our intern value calculator to get a sense of what this can mean to your bottom line!

“Hard” and “soft” skills. Technical aptitude shares equal weight with inter-personal work-skills such as communication, collaboration, dependability and positive attitudes.

“Boots on the ground” intel. Field Manager network to assist with building relationships and access to programs, instructors and students.

Results Driven! Our process has successfully paired over 100,000 students with fruitful careers.
Interested in implementing the student career development process in your program?
Contact Your Regional Field Manager to Learn More!