Her more than 100,000 Instagram followers know her as “That Masonry Girl,” a proud online proponent of the skilled trades. Offline, Ashton White is no less passionate about the trade she loves and the organization — SkillsUSA — that led her to career-ready success.
SkillsUSA membership helped her grow as a leader, discover a career passion and achieve success in a field she loves. Now, she’s helping other SkillsUSA California students ignite the power of their own dreams.
Growing up, Ashley Klingberg never liked the police. After a traumatic experience made her reconsider her life choices, she applied the same discipline she had always used as a world-class athlete to her education. In the process, she changed her attitude and direction in life, a direction now pointing to a career in criminal justice.
An early glimpse of his new school sparked a fire for the skilled trades that would fuel this SkillsUSA Massachusetts student’s future, a perfect fit of technical skills, leadership skills and one cherished red jacket.
It’s fitting that Peyton Holland is the executive director of the National Technical Honor Society. After all, the inherent honor of the skilled trades was ingrained in him early on by his father. To reach his full potential, however, Holland would need more building blocks to success. He’d find them in a SkillsUSA masonry classroom.
Students from these three SkillsUSA chapters created unique service projects that strengthened their skills, served their communities and earned national recognition. What can other chapters learn from their efforts? Plenty.