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
For the 2015-2016 Program Year, the Community College Consortium is excited to welcome two new partner institutions to join our growing consortium! Kirkwood Community College and Northampton Community College will join our six partner institutions (nine campuses) to offer CCI participants an exciting and rigorous year.
Kirkwood Community College is committed to international education as a core component of our campus. Kirkwood is an experienced international education provider having hosted thousands of international students for the past forty years and having a dedicated and experienced International Programs department with committed staff and faculty. Kirkwood’s International Programs departmental vision is that every Kirkwood faculty, staff and student have an intercultural experience as an integral part of their Kirkwood education. To accomplish this, Kirkwood is involved in a diverse array of international projects including student mobility. Kirkwood sends faculty and students overseas for educational exchange opportunities and welcomes students from over 70 different nations providing extensive services to meet their needs. Kirkwood currently enrolls over 400 international students with a total enrollment of 15,000 students. Kirkwood has enjoyed hosting many sponsored international students including CCI students for 6 years, as well as Tunisian CCI students for the past 3 years. Each international student offers a new cultural perspective that enriches of classrooms and college environment.
For more information about Kirkwood Community College please visit: http://www.kirkwood.edu/
For over 20 years, NCC’s Center for International Education has provided a full array of social, cultural, and emotional supports to international students studying at the Bethlehem, PA campus. As one of the few community colleges with residential living facilities, NCC hosts over 120 international students each semester and each summer hosts an international ESL and American Culture program for international college students who will go on to study at community colleges throughout the United States. NCC has hosted students through U.S. Department of State programs such as the Community College Initiative (CCI) and Global UGRAD. NCC participated in the Community College Initiative (CCI) from 2009-2013, hosting more than 80 CCI students. In addition, NCC had provided the pre-academic international ESL and American Culture program for CCI students who went on to study at other community colleges. International students at NCC are an active part of the campus community and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular events, clubs and community organizations. International staff provide an early and intrusive series of support interventions carried out by experienced and dedicated personnel. These interventions include personal/career counseling, “intrusive” advising, close monitoring of classroom performance and extracurricular involvement, English language acquisition, and service-learning opportunities, all delivered in a caring and secure environment, conducive to trust building.
For more information about Northampton Community College please visit: https://www.northampton.edu/
On Friday, May 15, 2015, twelve students from seven countries celebrated the culmination of a year of hard work at Bunker Hill Community College. They came to Boston from countries as far-flung as Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey. The students were part of a U.S. State Department program called the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) aimed at promoting partnerships and resource sharing among global communities.
Vilma M. Tafawa, Executive Director of the International Center, opened the program, and students were recognized for the successful completion of the program by President Pam Eddinger, Associate Vice President Janice M. Bonanno, and Interim Dean of Mathematics, Behavioral and Social Sciences Maria Puente. Leeza Fernand, Associate Director of International Students and Sponsored Programs at Northern Virginia Community College, was on hand to greet and congratulate the students.
Students spent the year taking classes, meeting members of the Boston community and gaining practical experience through internships. The group completed more than 1,600 hours of volunteer service at Boston organizations that included the American Red Cross, City Year, GLAD, Habitat for Humanity and the Prison Books Program. Students also interned at the City of Chelsea, the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, Jumpstart, the Tenants’ Development Corporation and Touch 106.1 FM.
It was graduate Molwanwta Letlhake’s first time traveling outside of South Africa. While at BHCC, he became a member of the College’s Entrepreneurship Club. “I love Bunker Hill Community College for giving students the best education and the utmost support,” he said. “My professors enjoyed their job. They were friendly and supportive, and I could see that they valued education more than anything.”
The graduates included five students from Pakistan: Naila Amin, Muhammad Illyas, Arifa Karim, Muhammad Khan and Usman Siddiqui; two students from Indonesia: Ongky Lay and Jean Rahmadan; one student from Turkey, Perimsu Bayrak; one student from Colombia, Luz Benitez Martinez; one student from India, Adele Creado; one student from Bangladesh, Muhammad Ferdaus; and one student from South Africa, Mowantwa Letlhake.
View more photos from the CCIP Ceremony on the Ceremony Highlights page.
Fifteen international students are gaining an education that extends far beyond the classroom through the U.S. State Department’s Community College Initiative Program at College of DuPage.
Administered by Northern Virginia Community College, the CCI Program provides underserved and underrepresented students from around the world with full scholarships that cover housing, tuition and a monthly stipend for one academic year of study in community colleges. College of DuPage is part of a consortium that consists of nine community colleges across the country, with COD the only school located in the Midwest.
Now in its third year at COD, the CCI Program consists of academics, volunteer opportunities, professional development opportunities, and educational and cultural excursions. CCI students not only share their diverse cultures with people in the U.S. but also learn about American culture, societies and institutions.
“The program combines higher education with multicultural exchange and international education,” said Nicole Spizzirri, CCI Program Coordinator at COD. “It resonates well with these students because they have a chance to really interact with our faculty and staff. Outside of the classroom, we have faculty, staff and administrators who volunteer as social hosts. This is an incredible cultural exchange. Stereotypes on both sides are taken away as we learn about each other.”
Spizzirri said they seek students who are underserved and underrepresented, and this year’s group comes from such countries as Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt, South Africa, Ghana and Colombia.
“It’s a really unique and multi-faceted program, and I love to see how the students grow as persons,” she said. ...
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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.