The Massachusetts Association for Computer and Internet Resources (MACIR) was delighted to announce the award of three full scholarships to exceptional Revere High School (RHS) alumni students: Ronald Morris, 24, Fernando Buenrostro, 25, and Yousef Hariri, 24. These remarkable individuals embarked on their college studies after graduating from RHS in 2017, but they faced the daunting challenge of balancing school, work and financial responsibilities. Determined and motivated, the three roommates made the life-changing decision to enroll in MACIR’s intensive eight-week Tech Support Job Program. With determination and hard work, they successfully completed their Google IT Support Professional Certification, propelling them into entry-level help desk positions within the IT industry.
Ronald is now a Help Desk Analyst I at Hebrew Senior Life; Fernando serves as a Desktop Support Specialist at Emerson College; and Yousef holds the role of Help Desk Technician at ConcertAI. Before becoming a part of MACIR, Ronald held a position as a cook at a sports bar; Fernando worked the overnight shift as a baker at Star Market; and Yousef was employed by Amazon as a package delivery driver. Ronald, Fernando and Yousef’s inspiring journey is a testament to their unwavering dedication and resilience, and MACIR’s steadfast commitment to providing opportunities for educational and career advancement.
Recognizing the evolving demands of the rapidly expanding IT field, these talented individuals realized that obtaining a college degree was essential to further their professional growth. In response, MACIR has graciously pledged to cover the complete cost of their Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science at University of the People.
The Google IT Support Professional Certificate, an integral part of their journey, consists of five courses, each worth three college credits. These courses are as follows:
- Technical Support Fundamentals
- The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking
- Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User
- System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services
- IT Security: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts
Remarkably, the credential awarded upon completion of this certificate has undergone a rigorous evaluation process by the American Council on Education, resulting in its recognition for college credit. All 15 credits earned through this certificate program are transferable to University of the People. To facilitate this process, MACIR’s dedicated coaches will provide invaluable support to Ronald, Fernando and Yousef as they navigate the application procedure for University of the People. Additionally, MACIR will assist these students in submitting their completed course transcripts for evaluation. As a result of these efforts and while juggling full-time work commitment, it is anticipated that all three students will successfully graduate in 2026 – equipped with a solid foundation in computer science and a promising future ahead.
Rachid Moukhabir, the visionary founder of MACIR, passionately expressed the organization’s unwavering dedication to community investment: “We firmly believe in investing in the potential of our community members. Ronald, Fernando, and Yousef are shining examples of determination and excellence, and we take immense pride in supporting their educational journeys and future career aspirations. They represent the future leaders of our organization.”
MACIR’s commitment to achieving economic equity extends far beyond job placement. The organization is actively investing in the education and professional development of individuals who possess the drive and ambition to excel in the tech industry. By providing these transformative scholarships, MACIR empowers Ronald, Fernando and Yousef to reach their full potential and actively contribute to the ongoing growth and innovation within the IT sector.