Shaoib Khan finds a new future at Tri-C
May 10, 2017
Shaoib Khan began working for his family’s business after graduating high school. But as he approached his 30s, the Cleveland resident wondered if managing a local gas station franchise was the life he wanted.
After much handwringing, he decided he needed to make a change and enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College to study information technology.
He will graduate this month with an Associate of Arts degree.
“I took a leap of faith,” said Khan, now 31. “It was rough, but I made it through.”
It wasn’t easy. Doctors discovered a mass in Khan’s brain soon after he enrolled at Tri-C in the fall of 2014. It proved benign, but the situation left him nerve-wracked as he returned to the classroom. He still suffers bad headaches.
Khan said strong support from professors, counselors and tutors kept him motivated. He juggled classes, two jobs and doctor’s appointments as he worked toward his degree at Westshore Campus in Westlake.
He credited Martin Walsh, assistant professor of information technology, for helping him recognize a talent for math that he applied to his IT studies.
Khan said his time at the College solidified his future while making him a more energetic and positive person. He intends to begin classes at Cleveland State University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree. He is excited about his future job prospects.
“My experience overall was great,” Khan said. “Now, there’s something in my heart and I want to keep going.”
Throughout the month, we will be highlighting members of this spring's Tri-C graduating class. Click here to read more of their stories.