The Community College Initiative Program

Participants study in one of the following eligible fields: agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration, allied health care, information technology, media, and tourism and hospitality management. CCIP participants are recruited from historically underserved populations.

Participants spend one academic year in the United States and earn certificates in their fields of study. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries and societies.

In September 2009, the Community College Consortium with Northern Virginia Community College as the lead institution submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of State to host a number of underserved and non-elite students. The Consortium proposal entitled “Building Global Trust through Education at American Community Colleges,” comprising of academic course work, cultural enrichment activities, service learning and internship, skills development and mutual understanding was successful and program implementation started in April 2010.

For the academic year 2010-2011, 50 students representing 11 countries are being hosted by the Community College Consortium.