Skills Forward Roadtrip


Insurance Roadtrip

What if you’re ready to take charge of your future, but you’re not sure about taking on a four-year degree? Start by building your skills.

We’re sending three people on a road trip across the U.S., fueled by Penn Foster and Strada Education Network, to seek out individuals who’ve built lives they’re proud of by learning skills and trades, and taking on all kinds of training outside of getting a four-year degree. The work they do doesn’t depend on years of school—but it does take skill, determination, and the will to get things done. We’re on a mission to tell their stories, learn from their struggles, and show that there’s not just one way to make a life for yourself.


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  • Shyane

  • Alexander

  • Ryan

Shyane

Age 19
From Porter, TX

Shyane is ready to take off in a million directions. But while she’s got the energy to push toward any goal and the resolve to work hard, she knows that what she really needs right now is guidance. All of that drive and curiosity without experience isn’t enough to get her where she wants to go, and to get her past the financial instability she grew up with. Raised in Montana, her family life has mostly been a source of stress. Now that she’s graduated from high school, she lives with her older brother in Texas. It was the road trip to her new home that got her hooked on travel. Right now, her sights are set on working on a cruise ship—but there’s nothing she wouldn’t try. As long as it’s an adventure, she’s ready for it, even if it means learning new things, working long hours, and being away from home. She’s hoping that this trip is the spark she needs to start that journey.

Shyane

Alexander

Age 23
From Torrance, CA

Alexander wants to work in the outdoors. He’s been camping since he was a kid, and you can regularly find him spearfishing off the coast of California, where he grew up. He tried construction, but it wasn’t for him. His family is encouraging him to get trained to work in tax preparation. He’s thinking about it. Maybe he’ll be a policeman. But then he comes back to the outdoors and the ocean. Being a camp counselor was the first time he realized that he needed to be outside for a living—but it was also when he realized he didn’t have the training to get the jobs he wanted. He has a college degree—but without more applied training he’s feeling lost. Working in nature gives him a sense of direction. He wants to see if there are people out there working in the outdoors who are genuinely happy and supporting their families, to see if it’s a life he could build for himself, too.

Alexander

Ryan

Age 24
From Asheville, NC

Ryan has been working in HVAC—heating, ventilation, and air conditioning—for three years. His parents didn’t work in the trades, but it’s the memory of visiting his dad, stuck in a cubicle at work, that made Ryan certain he didn’t want to be in an office. The person who really introduced him to the work he does now, though, was his best friend, who passed away suddenly a few years ago—he still carries that loss with him every day. Ryan grew up with a love for baseball and football, and his two brothers made sure he turned out tough and ready to handle anything. The three of them want to start their own business together. You don’t need a four-year degree to be successful, he says—he wants to prove that you can live a great life by working in the trades, and he’s hoping to meet other likeminded people, to hear their stories and see what they’re about.

Ryan

HOME SWEET HOME

miles the RV

QUICK STATS

DOB...........................2002

# OF ROADTRIPS..............2

MILES.......................25,000

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Los Angeles, CA
11/28/2017

RH Lee

Woodworker and Manager, Offerman Woodshop

Dan Busby

Lead Engineer and Tinkerer, 2 Bit Circus

Gavin Bushnell

Foreman, STEAM Carnival, 2 Bit Circus

Lisa Legohn

Master Welder

Laura Zahn

Founder, Carpenter, and Furniture maker, Allied Woodshop

Las Vegas, NV
12/1/2017

Leticia Nunez

Executive Chef, Bacchanal Buffet, Caesars Palace

Scott Dahl

Head Audio, Blue Man Group

Mike Hall

Head of Musical Instrument Tech Department, Blue Man Group

Santa Fe, NM
12/5/2017

Mark Giorgetti

Palo Santo Designs

Peter Page

Founder, AMENERGY

Oklahoma City, OK
12/8/2017

Kim Lesser

Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Welfare, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Memphis, TN
12/11/2017
Auburn, GA
12/13/2017

Cedric Hall

Additive Manufacturing Technical Associate, GE Aviation

Christine Moses

Technical Associate, GE Aviation

Orlando, FL
12/15/2017
Miami, FL
12/18/2017

Nancy Feldman

Wardrobe & Makeup Supervisor, Blue Man Group

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Los Angeles, CA
11/28/2017

RH Lee

Woodworker and Manager, Offerman Woodshop

Dan Busby

Lead Engineer and Tinkerer, 2 Bit Circus

Gavin Bushnell

Foreman, STEAM Carnival, 2 Bit Circus

Lisa Legohn

Master Welder

Laura Zahn

Founder, Carpenter, and Furniture maker, Allied Woodshop


Las Vegas, NV
12/1/2017

Leticia Nunez

Executive Chef, Bacchanal Buffet, Caesars Palace

Scott Dahl

Head Audio, Blue Man Group

Mike Hall

Head of Musical Instrument Tech Department, Blue Man Group


Santa Fe, NM
12/5/2017

Mark Giorgetti

Palo Santo Designs

Peter Page

Founder, AMENERGY


Oklahoma City, OK
12/8/2017

Kim Lesser

Curator of Behavioral Husbandry and Welfare, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden


Memphis, TN
12/11/2017


Auburn, GA
12/13/2017

Cedric Hall

Additive Manufacturing Technical Associate, GE Aviation

Christine Moses

Technical Associate, GE Aviation


Orlando, FL
12/15/2017


Miami, FL
12/18/2017

Nancy Feldman

Wardrobe & Makeup Supervisor, Blue Man Group

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