Business & Technology grad plans to give back to his homeland

Aguer Kuir Gak K. known as "Gak" on campus, received the Cisco Student of the Year award from program coordinator Kate Ellis. Gak is a native of South Sudan.
Aguer Kuir Gak K, known as “Gak,” received the Cisco Student of the Year award from program coordinator Kate Ellis.

One of our 2016 graduates will be taking the skills he gained as a student at MCC-Business & Technology and using them to help his homeland. Aguer Kuir Gak K, known as Gak to his fellow students, is a native of South Sudan.

Gak came to the United States in May 2013. He arrived at MCC with an already impressive resume.

In South Sudan, Gak had most recently served as a project manager for the Starfish Foundation Mission, whose goal is to help reinforce the young country’s infrastructure. South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, became independent from Sudan in 2011, following more than 20 years of civil war.  During that time, 2.2 million people were killed in what many consider genocide. South Sudan is currently home to more than 12 million people.

Gak at MCC's commencement exercises May 12
Gak at MCC’s commencement exercises May 12

Gak worked for the Starfish Foundation from 2011 to 2013, providing oversight and management of a construction project for the Jonglei State Boarding School. Prior to that, he was an information technology specialist for the Anti-Corruption Commission in South Sudan and an office manager for Cush Builders and Supreme Construction Co.

Why MCC? “I heard about it in Africa,” Zak says, “and it had a good reputation.”

Gak’s success at MCC-Business & Technology is notable. “It’s a very positive experience. It was really the best choice for me,” he says. He was recently named Student of the Year in the campus’ Cisco networking program.

In his student leadership position at MCC, he helped lead chapter meetings and assisted fellow students with understanding opportunities SkillsUSA provides. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Gak is not done with learning, though. After graduation, he is headed to Park University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science. “I wanted to return to Africa with as much education as I can. That’s why I’m going to get a bachelor’s degree.”

After Park, Gak says he plans to return to South Sudan, launch a Cisco Academy and a Skills South Sudan professional student organization. He aspires to help empower the people of South Sudan through education, technology and a common language, English.

As if that were not enough, he has taken a special interest in helping women in the community learn skills to help their families and eradicate early marriage and domestic violence.

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