Yasser Jahami immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1987 and enrolled at a local four-year institution to begin working toward a career in medicine. When that option proved unaffordable for him and his family, Jahami turned to Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).
“Tri-C’s affordability and convenience made it a logical choice,” he said.
Jahami was accepted into the College’s Radiography program in 1988. Support from faculty members made his path to an associate degree smoother than he could have imagined.
“My Tri-C experience was truly shaped by the entire Radiography faculty,” he said. “In particular, Alice Kreutzberg recognized my potential and encouraged me to continue my education.”
Jahami enjoyed success outside of the classroom as well, earning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic honors as a member of the Tri-C men’s soccer team.
After graduating from Tri-C with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 1991, Jahami worked in the field for many years. He eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences, graduating magna cum laude from Adventist University of Health Sciences. He later completed a Master of Science in Teaching and Training Technical Professionals from the University of Akron.
Jahami has worked for Marymount Hospital for the last 27 years. In 2009, he was honored as Cleveland Clinic Allied Health Educator of the Year. He also serves as an associate professor of radiography at Tri-C, helping to ensure that today’s students are as prepared for the next step in their journey as he was.
“Tri-C prepared me for the real world and opened up many options for my professional growth,” he said. “Tri-C is indeed where futures begin.”