The Community College Initiative Program Commemorates First 10 Years

July 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is commemorating the Community College Initiative (CCI) program’s 10th anniversary (2007-2017) through the publication of Community College Initiative Program: The First Ten Years.

The Community College Initiative Program: The First Ten Years shares the inspiration for the program’s creation, a snapshot of facts and figures, as well as personal narratives from college leaders, community members, and individual alumni about the program’s impact in the United States and abroad.

The CCI Program has made a global impact by providing technical and leadership training to more than 2,800 participants from 21 countries. These young leaders have honed their hard and soft skills in the United States and have returned home with a new spark of enthusiasm to share what they have learned with others, to build their local communities, and to contribute to their home countries’ economies.

The program has strengthened U.S. communities by helping 75 community colleges to internationalize their students’ learning experiences and by building life-long relationships between U.S. students and their international peers. CCI fellows also contribute to their American host communities, through nearly 50,000 volunteer hours collectively over just one year.

This month, the CCI Program welcomes its newest cohort of nearly 150 international students who will study at 10 community college campuses during the 2018-2019 academic year. Like their predecessors, these CCI participants, many from underrepresented and underserved communities in their home countries, will enroll in non-degree academic-year programs at U.S. community colleges. Participants will build their technical skills in applied fields through classroom study and internships. They will engage with their local community members through culture sharing and service learning activities. They will strengthen their proficiency in English, practice their leadership skills, and learn about American culture through experiencing day-to-day life in the United States.

Visit the CCI Program’s website to read the Community College Initiative Program: The First Ten Years or to learn more about this State Department exchange program.

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