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  • Writer's pictureYolanda Chisolm

Youssou exceeds expectations and sets sights on the future

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

His goals were clear: Complete HiSET. Enter biotech or biomedical engineering.

NCWorks NextGen Student Intern - Youssou
Youssou as a Bioprocessing Research Intern at Avazyme (Photo courtesy of Youssou)

Youssou moved to the United States March 7, 2013 from Senegal, Africa. He learned to speak English within four months of being in the United States! When he enrolled in NextGen on August 21, 2018, Youssou was on my mission to complete his HiSET with Durham Literacy Center and to get a work experience in biotech or biomedical engineering.

Multiple successes back-to-back

Fully committed to his goals, Youssou would go to Achievement Academy on the days Durham Literacy Center was not open to get extra tutoring for math. All his hard work and dedication was worth it because on September 11, 2018, Youssou completed his HISET. On that same day, after he passed his last exam he had a work experience (WEX) interview with Avazyme. Avazyme is a solution provider that offers field and laboratory testing, product development, and expert consulting services to the agriculture and food industries. Youssou did an amazing job on his WEX interview and was offered the position as a Bioprocessing Research Intern the same day!

"I learned a lot of things while being in NextGen and Avazyme... I would recommend this program to my friends. You guys found me an internship that I never thought I would have." ~Youssou

On October 15, 2018, he attended our first Youth Choice Awards and received awards for Best Attitude and Highest Math HiSET scores in the program. Youssou is always respectful to the NextGen staff, texting his career coach with career pathway jobs he is interested in, and looking for ways to better himself. One day while on his way to his work experience at Avazyme, Youssou was involved in a car accident. His car was totaled and he still managed to make it to work. His drive does not go unnoticed and he has great things in store for the new year.

Youssou will be attending Durham Technical Community College in Spring 2019. He will pursue an Associate degree in Science and has registered to take thirteen credit hours. He hopes to attend NC State in 2021 to major in Biomedical Engineering.

"Youssou has been a pleasure to work with and I know he has great things coming in his future. I've been lucky enough to know exactly why he wants to major biomedical engineering and what his goals are when he earns his degree. He is always in good spirits and I knew the day his car was totaled, and he still wanted to go to work that he was special. I wish him nothing, but the best." ~Kima Sidberry

This blog was written by Career Coach, Kima Sidberry.

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