THE WOMAN FOR THE JOB
As the only female Ford technician at the Ford-Lincoln dealership in Apple Valley, Ashley stands out. Most of the time she doesn’t even think about it, but every once in a while she has to deal with a customer who doesn’t believe women should be working on vehicles in a shop setting. “It’s not about the people who are telling me I can’t,” she explains. “It’s about the people who are telling me I can.”
Ashley is one of only a handful of women to graduate from HTC’s Ford ASSET program and is also the youngest woman ever to earn a Senior Master Ford certification. “I was told by instructors and managers that I was more or less a pioneer for other women,” Winzig laughs. “But it’s not really all about gender.”
When Winzig enrolled in HTC’s Ford ASSET program, she found a mentor who saw past her ponytail; program administrator Drew Goddard. When asked to describe him, Winzig doesn’t stop to think. “He’s basically awesome,” she says. Although Winzig graduated from HTC in 2013, she and Goddard still stay in touch and he occasionally stops by to visit her at work like he does with many former students.
The respect Winzig has for Goddard is mutual. Goddard remembers that to make it to and from campus each day, Winzig drove 120 miles roundtrip and was still usually the first one in the classroom. “In the two years in Ford ASSET she only missed one day due to the weather,” Goddard marvels. Goddard was always impressed with Winzig’s drive and that hasn’t waned since she graduated. “I am really proud of her accomplishments,” he says. “She has earned the respect of all the other students and technicians at [the dealership].”
Although Winzig enjoys what she’s doing now, she’d love to someday work at the Ford world headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. She first visited the headquarters during an HTC field trip and was blown away with the size of the place and the work that goes on there. “That was one of the highlights of my college career,” Winzig explains.
For now, Winzig will continue using the skills she learned at HTC to fix Ford vehicles. She firmly believes that earning a Ford ASSET degree was one of the best decisions she’s ever made and she’s eager to convince prospective students—especially female students—to consider it. “When you’re standing in the middle of the shop, gender isn’t an issue,” Winzig says. “It’s about who can fix the vehicle.”
Last updated by jhanson : 2016-08-18 15:57:34