International Education Week 2021

From November 15-19, Community College Initiative (CCI) Program international exchange participants celebrated International Education Week (IEW) 2021. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Participants at […]

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CCI Alumni Ran Podcast Celebrates Cultural Exchange and Heritage

What do Colombian coffee and arepas have in common with Indian biryani and masala? Well, Community College Initiative (CCI) Program Alumni and long-distance relationship duo Luisa Trujillo Lopez (Colombia, Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale, Business Administration, 2019-2020) and Aswin Rengarajan (India, Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale, Business Administration, […]

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A group of CCI participants sprawl out in funny gestures for a group photo in the lobby of Kirkwood Community College.

The 2020-2021 Year in Review

In January 2021, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 93 participants from 10 countries to the United States. During the 2021 program year, participants came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote D’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Turkey. Prior to their arrival in the United States, the […]

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The 2019-2020 Year in Review

In July 2019, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 142 participants from 12 countries to the United States. After settling into their host cities, the CCI Program began with the Gateway to Success Program (GSP). The GSP is a pre-academic and orientation program that immerses participants in English language […]

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IEW 2019 at VC

International Education Week 2019

From November 18-22, Community College Initiative (CCI) Program international exchange participants celebrated International Education Week (IEW) 2019. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. […]

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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

Learning about Native American peoples is one of many ways that Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants develop a greater understanding of the United States as exchange visitors. In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, here is snapshot of how the 2019-20 CCI participants have engaged with Native American […]

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CCI 2018-19 in Sedona

The 2018-2019 Year in Review

In July 2018, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 146 participants from 12 countries to the United States. During the 2018-19 program year, participants engaged in a holistic learning and exchange experience by concentrating on the five pillars of the CCI Program: academics, internships, service learning, cultural exchange, and […]

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International Education Week 2018

Last week, Community College Initiative (CCI) Program international exchange participants joined events at their host community colleges to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2018. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is an opportunity to celebrate the […]

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The 2017-18 CCI cohort

The 2017-2018 Year in Review

2017-2018 Program Year Highlights In July 2017, the CCI Program welcomed 154 participants from 11 countries to the United States. During the 2017-18 program year, participants came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey. Throughout the year, they demonstrated their commitment […]

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