Introducing the 2017-2018 CCI Program Participants

Throughout July and August, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 154 participants from 11 countries to the United States. This year, participants come from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey. As international exchange students, CCI participants complete academic coursework at […]

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CCI participant Adi reads to kids

Celebrating American English in the CCI Program

For millions of people, learning to speak English is a gateway into the global economy. As emerging change-makers, English language proficiency offers CCI participants access to information, education, job skills, and the shared communication that is shaping the 21st century—this is why the CCI Program places a strong emphasis on […]

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CCI NOVA 17-18 at Washington Monument

CCI Celebrates J-Day

On August 7, 2017, J-1 visa participants around the country gave back to their host communities by celebrating J-Day, and Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants and alumni around the world joined the celebration. J-Day is a nationwide and worldwide celebration of the power of international exchanges and is meant […]

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The Gateway to Success Program

It seems like just yesterday the CCI Program said “farewell” to the 2016-2017 cohort and already the newest class of CCI participants has arrived! For the 2017-2018 CCI Program year, participants from 11 countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey […]

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BHCC CCI end of year ceremony

Exchange Participants at Bunker Hill Community College Celebrate Personal Achievements and Contributions to Host Community

On Friday, May 12, 2017, twelve CCI students from eight countries celebrated the culmination of a year of hard work engaging in internships, volunteer work, and college coursework at Bunker Hill Community College. They came to Boston from countries such as Colombia, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa and […]

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Ebenezer and Mehedi sit with their social host's family.

International Exchange Through the Eyes of a Social Host

Each host campus of the Community College Initiative Program has a different way of approaching social hosts. At Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the Social Host Program is an opportunity for local U.S. citizens to act as cultural ambassadors to CCI participants by sharing aspects of their everyday lives. Throughout […]

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Tayyaba filming

CCI Women Use Media Fields to Share Community Stories

Of the eight academic fields of study currently offered by the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program, media is the third most popular field for the 2016-17 program year. This year, half of the participants enrolled in media studies are women, and for four CCI women studying media at Scottsdale Community […]

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Naik Alam Internship

Naik’s CCI Internship Experience: Enhancing Women’s Empowerment through Entrepreneurship

For the 2016-2017 program year, Community College Initiative Program participants have been hard at work building hands-on professional experience through internships in local U.S. businesses and organizations. Many participants select their internships based on their fields of study or future careers, and for Naik Alam, a business student at Northern […]

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KCC CCI students and globe

International Mother Language Day

Yesterday was International Mother Language Day—a worldwide annual observance held on February 21 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. In the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program this year, CCI students speak over twenty different languages and dialects, including English, and many grew up bilingual or multilingual. […]

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