After 25 years of corporate office work, LePreece Thomas decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of going back to school to earn her degree in mechanical engineering. She initially caught the “engineering bug” years ago while taking her daughter to summer camps at NASA. Now she’s earning four credentials that bring her closer to her career goals.
Thomas will earn her associate of arts degree, as well as an associate of applied science degree, one-year technical certificate and short-term technical certificate in manufacturing engineering technology – industrial mechanical technician from Lorain County Community College. She’s been offered a full-time engineering job with Mainthia Technologies at NASA in Cleveland where she has been working as an intern.
Even through several of life’s challenges, Thomas was able to succeed through hard work. During the spring semester, Thomas took 17 credit hours and worked as an intern at NASA all while still working her full time job in sales support at the Maroon Group in Avon where she has been working for 10 years. She is a graduate of Admiral King High School.
The 47-year-old Lorain resident began courses in 2015 and participated in the SAIL program where first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students can earn scholarships, textbooks and other support and assistance.
Thomas said she was nervous before she started. “I was very apprehensive, for many reasons, about going back to school after all these years. With SAIL, all I have to worry about is making my grades. They give me all the information I need so I never feel lost,” she said.
She thanks her academic advisor Cynthia Arredondo, as well as Lorie Milano and Vernice Jackson in Career Services for their assistance in helping her make her dreams a reality.
After graduating, Thomas plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering through LCCC’s University Partnership. She’s a member of LCCC’s Society of Women Engineers.
Thomas is married and has five adult children and two grandchildren. She is very involved in her church and volunteers for the Board of Elections.