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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Observing the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

In observance of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants at all CCI host colleges volunteered on campus and in their host communities. On September 11, participants at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona learned about the history of the 9/11 attacks during […]

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Introducing the 2019-2020 CCI Program Participants

Throughout July and August, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 142 participants from 12 countries to the United States to participate in the program’s 13th year. This year, participants represent Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey. During their exchange […]

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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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HCC Logistics Club offices

CCI Participant Establishes New Student Club at Host College

Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participant Kandiosky N’guessan from Cote d’Ivoire began his exchange year with a clear goal: “Coming to the U.S., I wanted to be part of something great in my school. My objective was to get leadership skills through my participation in the campus activities.” Kandiosky, who […]

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COD's International hall

Celebrating the CCI Impact at College of DuPage

International exchange programs like the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program have an undeniable impact on exchange participants. With increased workforce development skills, a better understanding of U.S. culture, and a strong academic foundation, CCI participants return to their home countries as changed individuals. But exchange programs transform more than the […]

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