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THIS BUSINESSWOMAN STEERS STUDENTS INTO SUCCESS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE FIELD

by Jerry Weiers, Mayor, City of Glendale

W “I love that our students are so well supported in their programs. Everywhere they turn is someone who wants them to succeed. Whether it’s their teacher or adviser or me and my staff. We are all intertwined supporting their successes.” — Renee ArellanoJones, Director of Career Services for Arizona Automotive Institute (AAI) 12

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ith this edition’s focus on Women in Business and Education I didn’t have to look far in Glendale for a person to highlight. Renee Arellano-Jones is the Director of Career Services for Arizona Automotive Institute (AAI), a local educational institution that does a lot more than provide the vocational training and skills to fix cars. The twinkle in her eye and enthusiasm for both her job and her students’ accomplishments is apparent in every conversation with her. Renee has been with AAI for over 14 years as the Director of Career Services and has loved every minute of it. Her job is to support and motivate students while they are attending classes, as well as help them prepare to find a job when they complete their program. AAI has been in the current Glendale location, 6829 N. 46th Ave., for over 50 years. The biggest misconception about the trade school is that it only offers students an automotive program. It actually offers students four vocational programs including: combination welding; diesel-heavy truck; automotive technology; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). The school programs run 10 to 13 months, and at any given time AAI tends to have a student body of approximately 500. Renee’s humble nature is only challenged when she describes the success stories of so many of the graduating students who carry amazing stories of rebirth after completing a certificate program at AAI. Their success allowed them to change the trajection of their lives by providing a successful income to support their families, as well as addressing personal confidence issues. She relishes helping change peoples lives for better while providing them the support and confidence to be successful in their program. In a recent interview with Renee, she highlighted how in recent years there has been an uptick in women obtaining diplomas at the school. The overall student population has seen a consistent 7% increase of

enrolled women. This, combined with many employers looking to shake up their employee pool with more diversity, allows AAI to meet the needs of employers. Renee proudly explains how outcomes-based and data-driven AAI is. Everyone on the campus wants their graduates to succeed, get out into the field of choice and dominate, and to do that AAI ensures each receives core competency hands-on instruction, as well as career readiness including help with job applications, resumes and interview skills. AAI prides itself with being competitive in its field while maintaining its Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) accreditation. When asked what she loves most about her job, Renee explains that the success stories are a huge part, but more important is the intertwined relationships and team environment between the students and her amazing staff to help the students’ educational journey be successful. “I love that our students are so well supported in their programs. Everywhere they turn is someone who wants them to succeed. Whether it’s their teacher or adviser or me and my staff. We are all intertwined supporting their successes.” AAI is a proud member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and proud active community member in Glendale. THE EDUCATION EDITION • FALL 2019

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