Providing opportunities for individuals from other countries to develop leadership, professional skills and English language proficiency, while studying at a community college in the United States
October 5, 2015
Young people from developing countries spend a year at an American community college, where they gain career skills, engage in the community, learn about U.S. culture and get inspired to make a positive impact when they return home.
That’s the concept behind the Community College Initiative (CCI) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) on behalf of the Community College Consortium (CCC).
The CCC promotes collegial cooperation among geographically diverse community colleges that have significant international exchange experience.
The 2014-2015 CCI Cohort addressed the importance of Climate Change as part of a group effort in which participants worked together as teams to complete research papers on mutually agreed upon subtopics. The groups then presented their findings to the CCI cohort, the CCC staff, members of the US Department of State, and renowned experts in the field, during their midyear program in Washington DC. What follows is a compilation of the groups combined efforts in what turned out to be a very informative and well-researched account of the many aspects of Climate Change affecting the global environment. The topics include; Ocean Acidification And Dimming Effects Of Global Warming, Scarcity Of Fresh Water In 21st Century, Climate Change And Migration, Climate Change And Urbanization, The Effects Of Industrial Emissions On Health, Green Energy (Past, Present And Future), “It’s A Small World After All”: The Roles That The Walt Disney Company Plays On Climate Change, Role Of Renewable Energy Resources On Climate Change In Boston, and Sustainability Initiatives: The Effects Of Maricopa Community Colleges’ Initiatives Towards The Climate Change Issue.
Our logo is the culmination of CCIP participants coming together to design a logo that represents their program. A competition was held, and the insignia you see above, won the prize! The focal point of the design are the three C’s intertwined with one another – and stand for Community College Consortium. Within each ‘C’ a primary element of the program is represented = Education, Community and Understanding – three pillars of CCIP intertwined with one another to create an enriching, once-in-a-lifetime experience for the participants. And lastly, the color selected, represent the most dominant common flag color in the represented countries.