Khabiyrul Gainey knows how to integrate.
Gainey, who received his bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte with a double major in Accounting and Finance, is working on his Master of Accountancy (MACC) degree combined with Data Science and Business Analytics.
“I was able to custom-make it for me, so it’s going to be all the things I love, plus all the things I’m passionate about,” the Monroe, NC, native said of his plan of graduate study. “What I did was marry the MACC program up with Data Analytics Science. I’m actually the first student to try it out.”
The Master of Accountancy (MACC) degree is designed to prepare students for careers in public accounting, industry and banking while Data Science and Business Analytics presents a blend of business acumen, advanced analytics and hands-on experience designed to help students apply their knowledge to real issues.
Gainey picked up the knowledge and desire to integrate while performing transport maintenance work for the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. “After returning from Afghanistan, they allowed me to join the Inspector-Instructor staff to train people,” he said. Initially that training pertained to how to drive trucks and buses, but before long he added martial arts for other Marines to his instructor repertoire.
In 2019, Gainey received the Commander F.M. (Mike) Reynolds Veterans Scholarship from the Graduate School. The Reynolds Scholarship recognizes the sacrifice made by our veterans and provides an opportunity to continue their higher education.
“If it wasn’t for the Commander Reynolds scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to go into the MACC program,” Gainey said. He and his wife, an elementary school teacher, are raising two children on one salary. “This scholarship has pretty much opened the door for me to not only accomplish the MACC but really pursue what I want and that is the CPA exam.”
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