AutoCAD Certificate, 2015
Ashley first earned a diploma in Construction Engineering Technology at NAIT. Her drive to open her own interior design business led her to take part-time AutoCAD courses through NAIT's Computer Training Centre. The computer skills she gained provided Ashley with the expertise to bring her ideas to life.
Ashley Sykes is an entrepreneur and owner of Defined Design. Now she is using the skills she gained from NAIT Continuing Education to build a successful business.
When Ashley graduated from NAIT’s Construction Engineering Technology program in 2013, she left with the confidence to take on a management role in the construction industry. When she decided to pursue her dream of starting her own interior design company, she knew where to go to build her skills. She enrolled in NAIT’s Computer Training AutoCAD courses. After an intense four-week course, Ashley saw immediate results.
“It took my skillset level from beginner to advanced in a short period of time. My instructor was an expert in AutoCAD and helped me to develop my skills quickly and confidently.”
Ashley’s company, Defined Design, specializes in recommending interior and exterior colour schemes, creating plans for basement layouts and consulting on window treatments for clients who are renovating or building a new home.
“The best thing is when a career and a passion come together and I can realize my entrepreneurial vision.”
Ashley sees even more opportunities for the future in NAIT’s Continuing Education program.
“Thanks to the NAIT’s excellent reputation and hands-on learning environment, I plan to return and take part-time business classes that will help me better run my business,” she says.