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NC3 has some impressive team members in our ranks and this Staff Spotlight series aims to highlight the incredibly talented individuals who work with us. We’ll be featuring a new interview in our monthly newsletters, here on our website, and on our social media pages each month.


Ashley Likes

Ashley Likes | NC3’s Program Category Manager for Building Trades and Transportation

Ashley has a rich background in education, starting with her work at Kansas State University and most recently holding various positions at WSU Tech before joining NC3. Her interest in career and technical education grew from seeing how it could transform students’ lives.



Check out our Q&A session below to learn more about Ashley!

I have two school aged children, Aiden (11) and Adelynn (8) that I am usually running around with frantically in the mornings. We also have a giant labradoodle, Milo that needs snuggles before I get started for the day. After my husband and I get the kids off to school, I log on to start answering emails and prepare for my upcoming meetings in our home office. When I started at NC3, my husband helped me create a really great office space. I also take advantage of a co-working space, Groover Labs, in Wichita, KS when I need a change of scenery.

I have enjoyed working in education for many years. In 2010, fresh out of college, I started working for Kansas State University (K-State). Since then, I worked as an ABE/GED instructor for the Manhattan, KS school district and for the last 9+ years, I held various positions at WSU Tech in Wichita, KS.

Back in 2013, I started teaching GED classes. I worked with the local technical college to help students transition into college after getting their high school diploma. It was incredible to see their faces light up when they realized they could turn their passion into a hands-on career. That’s when I realized technical education was a game-changer for so many of students, opening doors to success in ways they never imagined. After we moved to Wichita, KS, I knew I wanted to continue to work in technical education and spent many years at WSU Tech in various positions. It’s really exciting to see technical education being offered alongside other traditional degree opportunities.

I’m really lucky to be working alongside such an amazing team who is always going above and beyond to make sure everyone- students, instructors, colleges, and industry partners- get the best experience possible. Working from home is a huge plus because I get to spend more time with my kids, which is priceless. And then there’s the opportunity to travel to different colleges and schools to support instructors who are the true champions of technical education.

Absolutely! One that really resonates with me is, “Everything is made up and the points don’t matter.” While it’s a tagline for the hilarious show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” It’s remarkably applicable to life. It’s a reminder that we often get caught up in being perfect, when in reality, everything is truly made up and the only one keeping score is ourselves.

Days off are usually packed with sporting events and family events. My husband and I really enjoy watching the kids play and spending time together as a family once the day is done. We are also big K-State fans and enjoy watching whatever game is playing that weekend. I’m lucky to live close to my parents. They are always cheering on the kids at their events, and I love being able to see them whenever I want.

To me, a true leader shows empathy and integrity above anything else. Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is the right thing. But when you consistently hold yourself to that standard, you empower others to do the same.

The knowledge that what I do directly impacts students’ lives and helps instructors equip them for their future careers is a huge motivator for me. It’s incredibly fulfilling to be a small part of a student’s educational journey. Additionally, setting an example for my kids is a huge factor. I want them to see the importance of hard work and understand the responsibility of providing for a family.


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