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Richard Rowe
Professor/Chair, Metal Fabrication/Welding

Organization: Johnson County Community College
Location: Overland Park, KS

An excerpt from "Conversations about career success . . . with faculty" about Richard Rowe answering questions:
"Did this major lead you to your current career?
No. Several of my life experiences led me toward the welding field. I read an ad in the Grand Forks newspaper that offered adult education in welding. I took the class three times because it was so much fun, and the instructor let us make things out of metal. A co-worker told me about the technical school that he went to and said I should be certified. Later, I decided that if I wanted to teach welding that I would need to go back to school. So I enrolled in the Moorhead Minnesota Vocational Technical Training Center and worked evenings in machine shops, ornamental iron shops and as an assembler in a shop that made band saws."

"What are the characteristics that your most successful students possess?
Show up on time. Stay the entire time in class. Ask good welding related questions. Never give up and practice, practice, practice!"


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