Kaplan Leadership Program Alumni

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Abdoulazakou Traore, 30, became a US resident in 2008.  Upon arrival from his native Togo, Abdoulazakou settled in the Bronx, married, and worked long hours to provide for his extended family back home.  As a new father of a nine-month old girl, he decided that in order to provide a better future for himself and his family, he needed to enroll in college. As such, he is pursuing a chemical engineering degree at Bronx Community College. While living in Togo, he dreamt of becoming a medical doctor. Today, Abdoulazakou remains interested in medical school, and hopes to combine a background in chemical engineering with medicine to prevent, reduce and treat the effects of contamination from food and airborne chemicals. Abdoulazakou currently serves as President for the Muslim Student Association at Bronx Community College and is a religious advisor and math tutor at his local mosque.