Dear Prospective Student:
Your career in welding is my personal concern. I have been involved in the welding profession since 1960 and through the years I have seen, and experienced, the progress of welding technology first hand in many facets of the trade.
Your career as a welding technician can give you many benefits, challenges, and opportunities to be self-reliant, and maintain job security. Pride in the quality of your craft is a tremendous confidence builder. A good welder is able to work in many locations across the U.S.A. The higher quality of training you receive, plus the motivation from within your heart, opens the door of opportunity, but success does not come without hard work. Plain and simple, you must dedicate every ounce of your energy to your craft. Every weld you make affects your reputation and is a reflection of how you perceive the importance of the profession.
You may dream of starting your own business, dream of travel, or dream of having a choice as to where you work or whom you work for. I personally have seen these dreams turn into a reality many, many times. Students I have taught come back and visit me, and their success and confidence is apparent just by watching them walk and listening to them talk.
The personal concern I mentioned at the beginning of this letter, has been enhanced through the years by the realization that welding as a trade or craft is not enough. You must develop your other qualities as well, such as motivation, positive attitude, work ethic, perseverance, self-reliance, and confidence. These attributes are as important to your future goals as quality is to the industry.
Please understand that I have a deep desire to see your success fulfilled and take a great deal of satisfaction in watching it happen.
If you are ready to begin your journey, please visit the MISSOURI WELDING INSTITUTE campus and we will be glad to tell you more. The decision to attend must be the right choice for you. It is your life and your decision. Choose it wisely and with care.
Thomas E. Hollands