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
Exchange participants are arriving at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale and Alexandria campuses, two of 17 campuses across 11 states, to begin the 2015-2016 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. The CCI Program is a program of the U.S. State Department that provides participants with quality educational study at U.S. community colleges and is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. Northern Virginia Community College administers the CCI Program in partnership with eight institutions that make up the Community College Consortium (CCC). The largest of three host consortia, the CCC will host 140 of 233 CCI participants, 30 at NOVA, for the upcoming program year.
Participants pursue educational study focused on one-year certificate programs in workforce development fields. The CCI program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities. After completing the program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and new skills to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries.
CCI participants also contribute to their U.S. host communities by helping U.S. community colleges to internationalize their campuses. According to 2012-2013 Open Doors Report, only 1% of U.S. community college students will gain 21st-century international experience and workforce skills through study abroad. CCI exchange participants engage community college students with international cultures and diverse perspectives in their U.S. classrooms and on their home campuses. CCI participants will study in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Since 2007, the CCI Program has hosted more than 2,350 participants from 20 countries. This year, CCI participants are from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey. The CCI Program recruits participants from underserved and unrepresented communities, particularly women.
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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.