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Perseverance and talent earn Lawfer Nicolet Welding Student of the Year honor

Dec. 17, 2013

Three weeks after starting Nicolet College’s Welding Program Chad Lawfer was ready to quit.

Learning the tig welding process was proving to be more than a challenge.

“I have to say, there was one point where I had just had it,” Lawfer said, reflecting back on a frustrating start to the school year. “I was ready to walk.”

chad lawfwerBut he didn’t, digging deep to persevere.

Good thing.

Just the other day Lawfer was named Nicolet’s Welding Student of the Year.

“Chad definitely deserves it,” said Nicolet Welding Instructor Warren Krause. “He could have taken the easy way out and just quit, but he didn’t. He stuck with it and one day everything just clicked for him and he was able to do all of welds.”

Not only was he able to do the welds, he did them to a very high standard, earning straight As.

As good of a student as he is technically and academically, he also has other talents referred to as soft skills, which employers seek out, said Chuck Kopp, Nicolet adjunct Welding instructor.

“Chad always comes in with a positive attitude and is always willing to help other students,” Kopp said. “He has a strong work ethic, knows how to communicate well, and is just a great guy to be around. Manufacturers today want new employees with these traits and skills.”

Telling of his personality, Lawfer said his instructors deserve the credit for his success.

“They’ve just been fantastic,” said the Minocqua resident. “They take the time to work with you until you really understand what they are teaching. I owe it all to them.”

Lawfer, pictured above second from left, received the award from Nicolet Welding Instructor Warren Krause, far left, and adjunct Welding instructors Craig Deer, second from right, and Chuck Kopp, far right.