Quint Thomas is a father of three, full-time employee and soon-to-be graduate of Lorain County Community College’s applied electronics associate degree program. He says a big part of his success with his college journey was due to the support of his counselor, Klare Heston.

Quint Thomas poses with his three children
Quint Thomas, second from left, with his children Kudor, Na’Tavia and Tavion.

Thomas and Heston both started at LCCC in 2008, Klare with her job and Thomas with his studies. “When I came here, I didn’t know what direction to take,” he said.

Today, Thomas thanks Heston for her support with advising and scheduling, which was especially helpful for him due to his busy life as a full-time employee, student and father.

“I started college to inspire my kids to do better in life and to be a better role model,” the 40-year-old Oberlin resident said.

Thomas’s oldest son, Kudor, says his father motivated him to do more. “I thought school wasn’t for me until I saw him doing it,” he said. As a recent Oberlin High School graduate, he plans to continue his educational journey, possibly in the LCCC culinary program.

His seventh-grade son, Tavion, said his dad is an inspiration, and he hopes to one day become an athlete or a school dean or superintendent. Thomas’s youngest, his daughter, Na’tavia, is also proud, she said.

Before coming to LCCC, Thomas had been working in the printing industry, but knew that with the rise of the internet and computers, the days of the printing business being in great demand were numbered. Throughout his entire life he had always liked electronics, he said, even as a student who took classes at the JVS during high school, so seeking a degree in applied electronics seemed like a natural fit, he said.

After Thomas graduates in May, he plans to possibly complete his bachelor’s degree through LCCC’s University Partnership with Cleveland State University.