When Koffi moved to the U.S. from Togo in 2011, he knew enough English to get by, but not enough to take college courses. So he enrolled in ESL classes at Truman College, then transitioned to credit classes through the Gateway program in 2013.

In Togo, Koffi had trained as a computer maintenance technician, so he knew IT was the direction he wanted to continue. Once he moved to the South Side, he started taking classes at Olive-Harvey, as that City College was closest to his home. Set to graduate in May of 2019 with an Associate of Science in Information Technology, Koffi has been a part of the Transfer Scholars program and has worked closely with his transfer director to get help with the transfer process.

He learned about the Transfer Scholars program through his chemistry teacher as well as from flyers around campus. It is an opportunity for high achieving students to get support as they apply to four-year universities, and they have the chance to get admitted to four-year universities up to a year in advance. In October 2018, Koffi learned that he was accepted early to both UIC and the Illinois Institute of Technology at the Transfer Scholars On-site Admissions Day.

His advice to other students is to, “use the Transfer Scholars program to get into the university of your dreams, so that you can continue to study and make your life what you want it to be tomorrow. We are the architects of our own dreams.”


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