Kevin John Bessy
“Since enrolling at Ashford, my life has changed for the better in so many ways.”
Kevin John Bessy had been working in the construction and engineering field for some time when he realized he had progressed in management as far as he could without a formal business education. This realization, along with concerns about limited career opportunities due to the economic downturn, made him consider backing up his work experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
He was attracted to Ashford University because of its business programs, flexibility, and the fact that he could transfer in 33 credits from professional development courses he had taken previously. After having graduated summa cum laude in 2013 at the age of 42 with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Project Management specialization, he returned to the Forbes™ School of Business at Ashford to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA), Entrepreneurship specialization and graduated in July 2014.
At Ashford, Kevin has been on the Dean’s List often and joined two honor societies. He was even selected to receive a $2,000 travel grant to attend the Golden Key International Honor Society 2013 Summit in South Africa, which he calls “an exhilarating experience I will never forget.” (Read more about his experience on page 25 of the Spring 2014 issue of Ashford Connections.) Additionally, he has been nominated for the International Scholar Laureate Program (a program affiliated with the Golden Key International Honour Society). He will travel to New Zealand and Sydney, Australia to learn interactively about business entrepreneurship in that part of the world.
This Messena, NY resident works internationally as a Senior Estimator for heavy civil contractor Colautti Construction Inc. in Ontario, Canada. He says he has seen both professional and personal payoffs since earning his Bachelor’s degree. “I’ve been able to seek a more rewarding career with a more appreciative and supportive firm and been able to use my continued education toward my professional designation in the Canadian Construction Associations Gold Seal Certification program,” he says. “It’s also boosted my confidence and made me more willing to take on challenges at work and in my personal life.”
The online platform at Ashford is something that Kevin believes is leading the way for working professionals to earn their degrees, especially because time is always a factor for adults trying to balance all aspects of family, career, and personal goals. He says, “I hope people out there who are thinking about going back to school will stop finding reasons to put it off or wait. There is no time like the present.”
Kevin is considering pursuing his doctoral degree with Ashford’s sister school, University of the Rockies, after he finishes up his MBA studies. He says, “Most importantly, I want to inspire my son, Finn, as he grows to know, understand, and value education as a means of accomplishing his goals. Since enrolling at Ashford, my life has changed for the better in so many ways.”