After more than 40 years since his first college class, Morris King, Sr., is earning his associate degree from Lorain County Community College in electronic engineering technology.
The moment is exciting, but it’s not a stopping point, the Oberlin man said. He plans to land a job in the electronics field and begin night classes at Cleveland State University in fall, working toward a bachelor’s degree in electronics.
“Working in electronics has always been my dream. Getting my degree from LCCC gives me what I need to start working in the field,” King said.
After he graduated high school in 1975, King briefly attended an electronics school in Cleveland. College wasn’t a good fit for him at the time, and so he withdrew from classes and joined the Navy in 1978. During his nine years of service, King served on three ships and spent time in 17 countries. The experience shaped his life and changed the way he looks at the world, he said.
“I saw people who were living with serious problems. The issues in my life are small compared to what others are dealing with. That shift made me who I am today,” King said. “I want people to know they have the power to change their thinking and they can weather the storm.”
Following his Navy career, King spent 21 years working his way up the ranks at the US Postal Service main branch in Cleveland. While working, King started taking a few courses at another community college. When he moved from Cleveland to Oberlin, he focused his sights on earning his associate degree from LCCC.
“LCCC has a great reputation and I knew I’d be able to get the attention that I needed in my classes. It worked out perfectly,” he said. “I was able to learn and excel.”
King is motivated to succeed for himself and to be a role model for his son, Morris King, Jr. So far, the model is working. His son is 16 and taking college classes at the LCCC Wellington Center through the LCCC’s College Credit Plus program.
“Everything I do is for my son. I want him to know that if you never give up on yourself you never fail,” King said.