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

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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

NOVA International Education Week

12/6/2014 by: Leeza Fernand in Current Events

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International Education Week at the NOVA

Students, faculty and staff members gathered during International Education Week at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Alexandria Campus. The weeklong series of events took place during the week of November 17th-21st, and featured Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) participants from the Alexandria and Annandale Campuses. The CCIP participants designed posters, created art displays, performed and featured handcrafted art from their countries.

The countries represented were Bangladesh, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, and Turkey. Several students and faculty members complimented the CCI students on their work, and were impressed by the presentations the CCIP participants made. With their presentations the students were able to bring a piece of their countries to the NOVA campus. Several faculty members commented on their interest in visiting the featured countries. The presentation showcased traditional clothing, food, cultural and religious practices, geography and regional dances. Community members and vendors from Alexandria were also a part of IEW.

One of the highlights of IEW were the program participants from Indonesia who came together to perform traditional dances from various regions of Indonesia. NOVA students and faculty members were impressed with the performance, and some joined in during the dance. Another highlight was a CCIP participant from Pakistan who won a tweeting competition held by the Instructional Design division of the Alexandria Campus. Several students also participated in the Open Mic discussion regarding diversity, and several students volunteered during the event as well, working with the IEW team to coordinate the events and make sure that it was a success.

Sarah Dawood

12/6/2014 by: Leeza Fernand in Alumni Highlights

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Sarah and friend Yasemin who met through the CCIP.

Sarah Dawood, a Community College Initiative Program participant from Pakistan, studied Business Administration and Management at Miami Dade College in the pilot year of the CCC program in 2010. As a divorcee, a woman and a mother of two, Sarah struggled to achieve her dreams in Pakistan – her lifelong dream was ‘to study in a college as a student someday.’

The CCIP gave her that opportunity. She enrolled in numerous business, marketing, and management classes, while still finding the time to create social media platforms that involved her cohort and allowed for communication beyond the program. She took many of the younger program participants under her wing – helping them with integration, English preparation and overall positive reinforcement.

Her successes were numerous, not only did she excel, but she finished the program with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Upon her return to Pakistan, Sarah put her education to work – letting her newly honed skills in communication, marketing and management land her a coveted position with a huge multinational airline. Her success keeps growing, and she is currently working “for a leading multinational company as Supervisor Internal Communications, Corporate Affairs, for our Pakistan affiliate.” Sarah attributes her confidence and success to CCIP and every participant, staff member and professor with whom she worked.

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.