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STUDENT STORIES

Forging a Career in Computers

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RYANN CARL MADAYAG

Ryann had a tough time as a teen at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School ten years ago.  Originally born in the Philippines, he moved to Cambridge at a very young age.  He felt out of place and began to hang around with a bad crowd.  His focus and attendance suffered greatly.  He also was fascinated by computers and preferred to stay home taking them apart rather than attend school.  After being expelled in his senior year, he worked at a cinema and helped his mother taking care of his younger sister.  The experience of caring for his sister led Ryann to reflect on this hard work his mother had done to raise him and his brother all by herself.  He felt proud of her and now he wanted her to feel proud of him.

In 2010, he discovered the GED class at the CLC.  His CLC instructor awakened a love for reading in Ryann and he quickly received his GED certificate in February, 2011.  After continuing as the full time child care provider for his sister, Ryann decide it was time to pursue his next step of further education and enrolled in the Bridge Program.  He excelled as a Bridge student and graduated in only one semester.  He plans to attend Bunker Hill Community College to enroll in a PC Hardware Support Specialist certificate program.  Concurrent with his studies Ryann will seek internships to get practical experiences in his new career.

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