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Amanda Villa

1935

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Bio

I am a single mom off 3, ages 6, 12, and 14. I'm currently enrolled in AS For Business Technical Education program, with my field of studies in welding and automotive technologies. Since I was a kid automotive has always been a passion of mine, and I have been around and worked on cars since before I could rember with my dad. I would watch car shows with my dad, that's when I seen a show with a girl named Jessie Combs where she was welding on and building a big 4x4 vehicle. Which I already loved big 4x4s as that's about of what my family enjoys to do together. But seeing this tiny girl build something like that while the boys just "helped" cuz they couldn't weld really pushed me to start fallowing my passions. The amazing thing is that. I actually got to meet Jessie before she died (while trying to break her own speed record that she already had the title of.) While out out the ultra4 King of the Hammers races. She was such an inspiration and one day I hope to be an inspiration like her. I want to build by own fab shop where we specialize in offroad fabrication and race builds. I want to make a name for myself in the offroad industry and inspire and teach other females how to build and offroad their own because like Jessie told me once " there's no better feeling then build something badass with your own two hands then taking it up the hands trail u can. Then getting to the top saying I did that I built it and I drove got it to the top!"

Education

Victor Valley College

Trade School
2020 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Precision Metal Working
    • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other

Victor Valley College

Associate's degree program
2018 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other
    • Precision Metal Working
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Automotive

    • Dream career goals:

      I would like to star my own automotive fabrication shop. Specializing in offroad fabrication and offroad race car builds.

    • Delivery driver

      Napa auto parts
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Welder fabricator

      Cactus metal works
      2018 – 20191 year
    • Welder and mechanic

      Desert Burros Four-Wheel Drive
      2017 – Present7 years

    Sports

    Cheerleading

    Junior Varsity
    2004

    offroad racing

    Club
    2020 – Present4 years

    Arts

    • Homeschooling

      Metalwork
      2019 – Present

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      Veterans respurces — Fighting for veterans to have easy access to service
      2017 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Epilepsy Foundation of Southern California — Local Advocate
      2016 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Ultra4 — Crowd control and race recovery
      Present

    Future Interests

    Entrepreneurship

    Ben Bonner Memorial Scholarship
    For me it's not just a career that I am pursuing its my passion. I have always loved all things automotive, so when I decided it was time to go back to school I also decided I would change careers and fallow my passion instead. My favorite part of automotive is there's so many different ways to turn my love of cars into a career. Being a active member of the offroad community I decided to choose offroad fabrication as my career path with the hopes of one day having my own shop doing everything from recreational offroad vehicles to offroad race cars. Although I knew alot about cars and fixing them I knew I needed a proper education. I also knew that going into offroad fabrication I would need to learn how to weld, so I am currently going to school for both automotive and welding. I am glad I made this choice because I really enjoy doing both so for me it's not working hard to reach my career goals but it's doing something I love everyday to be able to achieve my goals. One social issue that is really close to my heart for many reason is our Vetrens and the lasting effect war has on them when they return from war. Be it a physical effect from injuries why deployed or a mental battle they have after, they need to have more resources available to them. They fought for our freedom so after they get home we should fight for them. Our offroad club has several vetrens from different branches of military and we also take part in events like 4wheel for vets where we take a group of disabled vets on trail rides either helping the through in their own vehicle or thoes that don't drive get to ride in our rigs. One major reason this is very important to me is that my fiance, and owner of our offroad club, was an army vet. He was the most wonderful father to my kids, and was even going to adopt my daughter, who's dad bailed on us when she was 6 months. We lost him on March 15, 2022, the day before my daughter's 6th birthday. He had alot of heath issues both physical and mental from war and his humvee being blown up. He struggled with PTSD, and had lasting medical issue he would have to fight with the VA to do anything about this. He had a pace maker put I'm after having a heart attack over a year ago, which was caused by medical issues from the war. The night he passed I was at school until 9pm and he was home with my daughter, I got home to find her crying and scared and him face down. His pace maker had failed causing him to have another heart attack. He had been fighting with the VA for a couple months telling them he thought there was still something wrong, but they hadn't done anything about it. Now he's gone, and it has pushed me to fight even harder for veteran resources, while also trying to hold our family together and finish school but it's been very hard financially with losing our only source of income.
    Slater Miller Memorial Fund
    Winner
    For me it's not just a career that I am pursuing its my passion. I have always loved all things automotive, so when I decided it was time to go back to school I also decided I would change careers and fallow my passion instead. My favorite part of automotive is there's so many different ways to turn my love of cars into a career. Being a active member of the offroad community I decided to choose offroad fabrication as my career path with the hopes of one day having my own shop doing everything from recreational offroad vehicles to offroad race cars. Although I knew alot about cars and fixing them I knew I needed a proper education. I also knew that going into offroad fabrication I would need to learn how to weld, so I am currently going to school for both automotive and welding. I am glad I made this choice because I really enjoy doing both so for me it's not working hard to reach my career goals but it's doing something I love everyday to be able to achieve my goals. One social issue that is really close to my heart for many reason is our Vetrens and the lasting effect war has on them when they return from war. Be it a physical effect from injuries why deployed or a mental battle they have after, they need to have more resources available to them. They fought for our freedom so after they get home we should fight for them. Our offroad club has several vetrens from different branches of military and we also take part in events like 4wheel for vets where we take a group of disabled vets on trail rides either helping the through in their own vehicle or thoes that don't drive get to ride in our rigs. One major reason this is very important to me is that my fiance, and owner of our offroad club, was an army vet. He was the most wonderful father to my kids, and was even going to adopt my daughter, who's dad bailed on us when she was 6 months. We lost him on March 15, 2022, the day before my daughter's 6th birthday. He had alot of heath issues both physical and mental from war and his humvee being blown up. He struggled with PTSD, and had lasting medical issue he would have to fight with the VA to do anything about this. He had a pace maker put I'm after having a heart attack over a year ago, which was caused by medical issues from the war. The night he passed I was at school until 9pm and he was home with my daughter, I got home to find her crying and scared and him face down. His pace maker had failed causing him to have another heart attack. He had been fighting with the VA for a couple months telling them he thought there was still something wrong, but they hadn't done anything about it. Now he's gone, and it has pushed me to fight even harder for veteran resources, while also trying to hold our family together and finish school but it's been very hard financially with losing our only source of income.
    Bold Passion Scholarship
    Growing up I was a major Tom-boy, and daddys little girl. As a little girl every thing my dad did seemed so amazing, weather it was fixing things around the house, or going to work with him, etc., I thought my dad can do it all. The best thing my dad did though was build and work on cars, and share his hobbie and passion with me. When I was just a baby he would wrap me up in my blanket and set me in the air cleaner on his truck while he wrenched away. As I got bigger he would take the air cleaner out of the truck and put it on the ground so I could safely sit up in ut while it supported me. He would wrench away and I would play with his tools making noise and throwing them. Eventually I was able to start wrenching with him. This was the beginning of my passion for everything automotive. My automitve Hobbie started with my dad sharing his passion with me.I love anything that involves automotive from watching movies or automotive sports on TV, to enjoying cars shows, to fixing vehicles, to building race cars or offroad vehicles, to getting behind the wheel of a race vehicle. Having a hobbie like this gives me so many different ways to enjoy it as well as share it with my kids and family. My favorite aspect of automotive is building a race car then taking it out and racing it. Weather it's taking an old muscle car and building a drag car, or taking a truck and turning it into a Baja racer, or building a tube chassis into a ultra 4 car, the best feeling is know u built that and made it do some crazy things.
    Bold Influence Scholarship
    When I decided to change my career goals and pursue my passions of the automotive industry I was hesitant and scared cuz I was a female trying to switch careers at 30 into a male dominant field. Then I got the chance to meet my mentor, Jessie Combs, who is a big influencer for women in trade industries, and that was the push I needed to get me started on school for it. Now I hope to be a influence on other young woman who may be hesitant to go into male dominated field, such as automotive or welding. I have always loved working on cars but I was talked out of going to school for it because I was a female and it would be too hard for me to get a job in the industry. Now I regret letting that stop me and hope to influence other woman to not let anything or anyone stop them from pursuing they passions. Like Jessie Combs did foe me and does for many other females.
    Hobbies Matter
    Growing up I was a major Tom-boy, and daddys little girl. As a little girl every thing my dad did seemed so amazing, weather it was fixing things around the house, or going to work with him, etc., I thought my dad can do it all. The best thing my dad did though was build and work on cars, and share his hobbie and passion with me. When I was just a baby he would wrap me up in my blanket and set me in the air cleaner on his truck while he wrenched away. As I got bigger he would take the air cleaner out of the truck and put it on the ground so I could safely sit up in ut while it supported me. He would wrench away and I would play with his tools making noise and throwing them. Eventually I was able to start wrenching with him. This was the beginning of my passion for everything automotive. My automitve Hobbie started with my dad sharing his passion with me and I'm hoping to pass that same passion to my kids. I love anything that involves automotive from watching movies or automotive sports on TV, to enjoying cars shows, to fixing vehicles, to building race cars or offroad vehicles, to getting behind the wheel of a race vehicle. Having a hobbie like this gives me so many different ways to enjoy it as well as share it with my kids and family. My favorite aspect of automotive is building a race car then taking it out and racing it. Weather it's taking an old muscle car and building a drag car, or taking a truck and turning it into a Baja racer, or building a tube chassis into a ultra 4 car, the best feeling is know u built that and made it do some crazy things. Offroading has always be one of the best things my dad and me do to enjoy this hobbie, and has given me some of the best memories I could ever ask for. Me and my dad still share this hobbie and both and we now both own jeeps that we build together and then take them up some of the craziest trails to see what they can do. It's something that the whole family enjoys doing together. My oldest son is 14 and shares this same love for anything automotive. He races dirtbikes already and helps me work on a build the jeep. We both have a dream to race the jeep in the stock class at the hardest offrad race, King Of The Hammers so currently our hobbie is turning my 1990 cherrokee into a race ready 4600 ultra 4 car, and we have 2 years to do so, as he has to be 16 ti enter this race.
    Bold Dream Big Scholarship
    After a conversation with my son about what his dreams in life were I realized that people's dream sometimes change and to often people e give up on their dreams because it seems like it's an achievement you will never reach. Through out my life my dreams have pretty much all had the same end goal, although the way I want to achieve that has changed drastically. My dream is to own a home with alot of property and on that property I want my own auto shop. I want to make a name for my self building offroad Race cars and other offroad build. I want my kids to know I worked my butt off to achieve this dream, and that they too can achieve any dreams they may have by working just as hard. Now my end goal fir this dream is that I leave something behind for my kids to either continue doing or to use as a way to help with any struggles they may run into while following the path to achieve their dreams. I want them to know that my biggest dream is that they no matter what they never give up on their dreams
    Bold Be You Scholarship
    I learned that to stay true to myself I needed to stop making myself miserable to please everyone else. So in my daily life I do me and my family, and I don't let people bring us down. Everyday I encourage myself and my kids to do something that's a challenge, or that makes you happy. I teach my kids to not label themselves and don't let others laabel them because to me if you label yourself it's like you put boundaries on yourself. Boundaries hold you back from being the best you can possibly be. Your the only one who knows how to be the best you there is so don't let others tell you what that is. I work hard each day to reach my goals. Yet I never loose sight of the most important things in my life, my family, my kids. So even when I'm crazy busy or, don't feel good, or just not having a good day I always make sure to spend time with my family cuz life's to short and they grow to fast to miss out on time with them. When I spend time with my kids make them be weird and do things that they wouldn't normally do, but most importantly I make sure they know 100% that they can talk to me about anything at all no matter what.