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On to a Radiography Career

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BOUCHAIB BOUKANTAR

After his father passed away when he was four in his native Morocco, Mr. Boukantar saw the sacrifices his mother had to make in order to improve the lives of her children.  When he was lucky enough to win the green card lottery in 2002 and came to the U.S., he quickly got a job and tried to attend college.  Unfortunately, he discovered that the wages he received weren’t enough to pay for basic needs and college expenses.  Bouka was forced to drop out, but continued working and saving.  After he got married in 2007 and had two children, he knew he had to do something to provide a better life for his family.  He began by taking English classes organized by the Cambridge Health Worker Education Partnership (CHWEP) and administered by CLC.  After one year, he moved to the CHWEP college transition class.  During the career search unit, Bouka took great care in his research and chose medical radiography, a field which plays to his strengths in math and science and should permit him to move his family firmly into the middle class. 

After graduating in June, 2015, the Friends of the CLC awarded him a scholarship to embark on the college work necessary for the radiography career.  Just as his mother did almost forty years ago, Mr. Boukantar will provide a better life for his family.

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