Spreading the Value of Volunteerism

When Community College Initiative (CCI) participants fulfill their internship requirements, they often learn as much from their colleagues as they do from their hands-on work experience. For CCI alumnus Rajesh Shanmugan, a fellow intern’s selflessness opened his eyes to the power of serving one’s community, and Rajesh is now spreading […]

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Arham at EducationUSA event

The 11th Year: Where Are They Now?

The CCI 2017-18 cohort departed only a few months ago in May 2018 but that hasn’t stopped these eager alumni from continuing to thrive and challenge themselves. Here are just a few examples of what the CCI Program’s newest alumni have already accomplished. Lorenzo Gomez (Colombia, Northampton Community College) After […]

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SCC 2018-19 CCI Group

Introducing the 2018-19 CCI Program Participants

Throughout July and August, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 146 participants from 12 countries to the United States to participate in the program’s 12th year of exchanges. This year, participants come from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey. […]

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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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Bunga gives a safety presentation

Inspiring Future Engineers in Indonesia

One morning last November, Community College Initiative (CCI) alumna Bunga Yuniasari stood before a classroom of expectant school children, sporting a white hard hat and other safety apparel. Her neon reflective vest contrasted with the slate gray chalkboard behind her, and the pupils peered curiously at the red straps and […]

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Sevilay with Don Dedera

Past Meets Future at Photojournalist Visit

Sevilay Kelek, a 2017-2018 CCI participant from Turkey who studied media at Scottsdale Community College, wrote the following reflection. In it she shares her aspirations as a photojournalist, and explains how her CCI exchange year supported her experiences and future goals of becoming a female journalist. Many people have a […]

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