MassBay Community College: the couple who study together stay together


October 13, 2021

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (October 13, 2021) – It’s not every day that a husband and wife sign up for classes together to study in the same program, but cybersecurity students, Kyle Bell and Candide Kashala of Shrewsbury, MA does just that. They don’t just study cybersecurity full time, Kyle works full time in a Social Security office and Candide works full time raising their two toddlers, Hannah and Henry. “It’s a lot to juggle, especially during the pandemic, but we know it will be worth it in the end. We have both always loved working with computers and know that the field of cybersecurity offers many opportunities to do so. ‘job in demand,’ Candide said.

Kyle and Candide met while they were undergraduates at Syracuse University in New York City. Kyle, originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Majored in communications and sociology, played football for the Syracuse Orange, and set himself a goal of becoming a football coach. Candide, originally from Wellesley, MA, studied biology and wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a research scientist. Kyle received his bachelor’s degree in Syracuse and worked as an Internet sales coordinator after graduation. Candide obtained his baccalaureate in Syracuse and began to work as a translator of scientific documents.

“Kyle was looking for a career with more growth opportunities when a family friend recommended that he go to MassBay. When I started helping Kyle research MassBay, the programs and career opportunities also stung. my interest. At the time, I wanted to try something new. We were both interested in computers and knew that cybersecurity would provide us with a wide variety of opportunities to explore. We decided to enroll in the courses together cybersecurity, ”said Candide.

Kyle added, “MassBay has put in place a lot of supports to help students be successful. I hope all MassBay students can take advantage of the opportunities available to them, as many are not offered at all colleges. There is a wide range of programs to choose from, including the STEM Mentorship Program, which offers meet and greet with external employment professionals to help build a professional network. STEM in which I participated have been invaluable to my future and have helped me navigate and plan exciting career opportunities. “

“MassBay has a significant number of students, like Kyle and Candide, who come here with undergraduate degrees from four-year institutions to earn a certificate and / or an associate’s degree in a major that has market value. in the world of work, ”said MassBay STEM. Starter Academy Project Director, Valerie Kapilow. “For a variety of reasons, some students decide not to pursue a career in a field that matches their undergraduate major or may have difficulty finding employment related to their major. Community colleges are well positioned to help these students by helping them retool their skills to excel in today’s job market. We’re here to help develop and maintain a strong pool of well-educated workers. “

Kyle and Candide are both expected to graduate in May 2022 with their Cybersecurity and Advanced Cybersecurity certificates.

MassBay Community College is MetroWest Boston’s most affordable higher education option, offering a strong portfolio of courses and over 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening and weekend classes in Ashland. , Framingham, Wellesley Hills and online. MassBay students receive unparalleled educational value by earning cumulative credits that transfer to undergraduate degree programs and out-of-the-box skills needed to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences. life, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity and the humanities. MassBay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the # 1 nursing program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by National Defense Organizations. of Nursing and Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of serving the needs of the various local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in the pursuit of inclusion and prioritize our work to achieve equity within our community and beyond.


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