Student at the Grand Canyon

Ashish Dabral (India) CCIP 2013-2014 NOVA Alexandria program participants at the Grand Canyon

Group of students talking to candidate

BHCC Program Participants Participating In MA Gubernatorial Candidates’ Forum Meet and Greet With Steve Grossman

two students pose after running in a race

Brian Carolissen and Thabiso Manala of South Africa proudly smile and show their country and college pride

students posing with guest speaker

2013-14 CCIP MDC Wolfson group at the Eco-Tourism conference with keynote speaker, Mayor Tomás Regalado of the City of Miami

Students Posing With Their Country's Flags

2014-15 Bunker Hill Community College Program Participants posing with their country's flags

group of students dirung international education week

2014-15 CCIP NOVA Annandale and Alexandria group during International Education Week

students volunteering at Coconut Grove in Miami

MDC - Kendall 2014-2015 program participants volunteering at Coconut Grove in Miami, FL

students outside the campus library

MDC - Kendall 2014-2015 program participants outside the campus library

students during International Education Week

MDC - Kendall 2014-2015 program participants during International Education Week

Community College Initiative Program

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

News & Highlights

A Global Community

6/9/2015 by: Bunker Hill Community College in Certificate Ceremony

student posing with their certificates

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.

CCIP in Print

4/2015 by: Brian Kleemann in Program Highlight

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Pictured (left to right): Ntwanano “Wendy” Mabasa, Anas Mohammed and Liza Yulizar

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. ...

Read the entire article here.

C.C.I.P. Logo
C.C.I.P. Logo

Community College Consortium Logo Origins

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.