Togni, a native of Togo, Africa, has made significant strides since arriving in the United States in June 2007. Then, he barely spoke English, had difficulty finding a job and had no friends or relatives in the Twin Cities.
“When I first came here, it was pretty scary and at times I wanted to give up because there was a lot of pressure and responsibility on me,” he said. “But I learned the language and got immersed in the culture.” He also landed a needed job.
Togni is now helping other immigrants, particularly Myanmar natives, become culturally assimilated. “I feel like I’m helping the community and giving something back for what I received,” he said.
Togni, who works part time as a printer and operator for an Eagan photo lab, has
an associate’s degree in computer technology from Universite de Lome in Togo. He remains a member of a computer network association in his native country.
At his Togo high school, Togni graduated as the top student in physics. He eventually would like to pursue graduate school and teach statistics at the college level.
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides high-quality, affordable education programs for adults seeking bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It is the only state university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.