MassBay STEM Grad Accepted to WPI

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FRAMINGHAM – Oliver Yasuna of Hopkinton, has been accepted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, where he will study computer science in fall 2021.

After attending college for a short time post-high school, then being in the workforce for more than a decade, Yasuna knew that if he wanted to advance his career, he would need to learn additional skills and earn a college degree.

He chose to attend MassBay as it was the best place for him to receive a quality education with the flexibility and support he needed as a single father.

Yasuna made Dean’s List every semester, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and is now graduating from MassBay with a 3.96 GPA.

Additionally, he was a mentee in the MassBay STEM Mentor Program and tutored his peers in math through the College’s Academic Achievement Center.

While studying at MassBay, Yasuna interned at Perthera, Inc. in Holliston, which developed into full-time employment.

“I don’t know if I would have come back to college if it wasn’t for my son, but I’m glad I did,” said Yasuna. “WPI is a dream college for me. Ten years ago, I would not have believed this was possible, but here I am headed there in the fall.”

Yasuna graduated from MassBay with his associate of science degree in computer science, earning high honors. His future goals include earning his master and doctoral degrees, as well as beginning his own startup company.


MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, 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 nursing advocacy organizations, and Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond.


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