April 22, 2024
MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Donzelli, APR, 954-201-7010 | jdonzelli@broward.edu

Being the first person to graduate college in his family, Touchero Koniaki, 24, came to Broward College at
21 from Sint Maarten to study Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Not knowing anyone, he joined student organizations such as Greatness in the Making and was part of the Honors College and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. He also worked at the Seahawk Marketplace, the college’s food pantry.

“Touchero has always been a mature student who can be counted on. He came here, not knowing anyone and became well-known on campus by students and administrators. He always represents himself well, and the organizations he is a part of.  He has a strong lust for life, for learning and for helping others,” said Lauren Adamo, Interim Senior Director, Student Engagement.

He also made the Dean’s and President’s List and received scholarships from Student Life and Financial Aid that allowed him to pay for the additional certifications needed in his field.

The most meaningful experiences he had while at Broward College stem from the numerous connections he made from the student organizations he was a part of.

“Being part of the groups really created a family here for me,” he said.

Koniaki’s advice to other students is not to be afraid to take chances and leave their comfort zones.

“I know that being the first in my family to graduate will not only inspire others to achieve the same thing, but will change the trajectory of my own life,” he said.

After graduation, he hopes to land a job in aviation maintenance for a large company allowing him to travel all around the world.

Student Success Story - Touchero Koniaki


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