Navy veteran and mother-of-five Jessica Thompson will earn her associate of applied business degree as a result of a lot of hard work and successful management in both her academic and family life.

Jessica Thompson
Jessica Thompson

The 30-year-old Lorain resident said “LCCC has helped me meet my career and education goals because it gave me my first step. It allowed me to put into motion something I once thought would never happen.”

While at LCCC, “I discovered that I can do anything,” she said. “I’ve taken six to seven classes each semester. With my busy schedule, I have balanced being a student, mom and wife. I have shown my kids and myself that I can do things I once thought impossible.”

Family has always been a big part of Thompson’s life, and she’s no stranger to balancing college and her personal life. She gave birth in the middle of fall semester of 2016, and successfully continued on with her studies.

“No matter what life throws at you, you can always accomplish what you set your mind to do,” she said.

In addition, Thompson is a treasurer of the Lorain Junior Titans youth football program, and very involved in her sons’ sports, she said. Her children have also been part of the Children’s Learning Center on campus, she said.

Thompson thanks her professor Lucy Malakar for contributing to her academic success. “She always went above and beyond her job and has become a mentor to me. I cannot put into words how appreciative I am of her and that I have learned so much because of her.”

Thompson plans to take courses as part of the University Partnership with Cleveland State University to earn her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, with hopes to later attend Case Western Reserve University for doctoral studies. She also plans to open a salon with her husband.