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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In Four Short Months A New Partnership with Sinclair Community College has Blossomed with Success

Formed in 2009, the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) led Community College Consortium is an informal association of geographically diverse community colleges that reflect the broad scope of U.S. society and culture and have significant international exchange experience. In 2021, the consortium welcomed Sinclair Community College (SCC) in Dayton, Ohio […]

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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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Paying Tribute on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

In observance of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants at all CCI host colleges paid tribute through volunteering in their host communities. On September 9, participants at Valencia College in Florida attended a virtual “9/11: The Day That Changed America” event […]

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FVTC CCI Participants pose on steps together.

Introducing the 2021-2022 CCI Program Participants

Throughout late July and August, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 191 participants from 15 countries to the United States to participate in the program’s 15th year. This year, participants represent Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, and Turkey. Excitingly, for […]

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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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Introducing the 2020-2021 CCI Program Participants

Earlier this year, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program welcomed 93 participants from 10 countries to the United States to participate in the program’s 14th year. The 2020-21 cohort represent countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Turkey. Unique to this year, from October through […]

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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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