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No stranger to challenges, Robert Ciccolo has earned two degrees and recently earned his third - all at Curry College. "In 1999 I decided to go back to school, and I went to Curry got my bachelor's degree and then my master's degree in Criminal Justice. I completed my MBA in August 2013."
"When I started the Curry MBA program, I knew I would get a degree," says Sheila Jichi of Foxboro, Mass. "What I didn't expect was to gain enough confidence to feel I can take on almost anything, personally and professionally. I didn't know I would make a lifelong connection to the program and the people in it. What I gained is hard to quantify in words."
When Curry College launched its Master of Science in Nursing program, Judy Dynan '11 was first in line to apply, and she hasn't looked back since. "It was time for it. Education is something that's important to me. It was something that could help me move into a leadership role, and to help me open up new opportunities, which it has already."
"Pursuing and earning a master's degree gives you an advantage in terms of the growth of your career and in terms of having more knowledge to draw upon," says John Fratolillo. "For me, it was about applying that knowledge to my everyday work life."
Jeannine Hatch, M.Ed. ‘06 worked as an accountant for 17 years before applying to the Master of Education program at Curry College. Inspired by volunteer work at her twin boys’ elementary school and the hope that she may one day have the same schedule to spend more time with family, she contemplated a career change.
“Curry College has been a tremendous help as I look to greater opportunities within my company,” says Ebony Joseph, a Manufacturing Engineer for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Waltham. “Curry has placed me in a better position as I look to move into a management role; to be a manager of an engineering department and eventually a Director of Operations. I knew an engineering degree alone would not get me there ̶ I needed an MBA.”
"As soon as I took my first class, I knew this was the right place for me," says John Doyle, who found Curry College through his colleagues in the Milton (MA) Public Schools. A Boston area native now living in Weymouth, John first moved to Milton after teaching for seven years in a private school in Boston. That made Curry's convenient location a plus because the campus was just a short commute after work.
"Pursuing a master's degree in Criminal Justice was the best decision I have ever made; it has made me much more appealing when applying and interviewing for positions and will continue to assist me in life intellectually, financially, and promotionally."
A strong commitment to lifelong learning spurred Kathy Murphy to enroll in The Curry College MBA program while she continued working as a manager at Dunkin' Brands, Inc., in Canton, Massachusetts.
"After taking one course at Curry, I knew I had made the right choice. I was so impressed with the fact that everyone from the teachers to the librarians would do whatever they could to make themselves available to me as a student, to make sure that I succeeded."
"I had always wanted to be a teacher and to have a positive impact on children and decided that it was either now or never," says John, a father of two school-aged children. "I live on the South Shore and had heard positive things about Curry College. The fact that Curry has smaller classes and that the student population in the program tends to be older were the selling points for me."
After considering all of the MSN programs in the Boston area, Barbara Healey ultimately chose the MSN program at Curry College because of its unique focus on the Clinical Nurse Leader role. "I picked Curry because of the developing role of the clinical nurse leader, which is a new role in nursing and is unique in the area."
"While finishing my bachelor's degree in 2005 as a continuing education student, Curry's management department chair asked if I would be interested in pursuing an MBA if it were offered...My response was 'yes' because I really like the culture at Curry, and I knew the MBA would be a great benefit to me in the future." Two years later, Sam graduated from the Curry College MBA program.
"The personalized service at Curry stood out to me... I took one class before enrolling full-time and I thoroughly enjoyed the class. Everything was individualized to me and my career specifically, and because the class size was small the class really had the opportunity to dive into the material and discuss the covered topics as they pertained to us individually. Because of this I felt like the courses were constantly helping me in my job as opposed to being something extra I had to do at night after work."
"I knew people who were attending Curry and believed that it was a school that challenged their students. I feel that I learned more at Curry than I had learned at any other college I attended. My Curry College degree has enhanced my career. I believe I am able to better communicate with citizens, co-workers, and supervisors."