CCIP participants take part in an intensive orientation program upon arrival in the United States. Participants take English language classes and attend sessions that familiarize them with campus and community resources. They also participate in educational and cultural activities that introduce them to the United States and its citizens.
CCIP participants complete academic coursework in select CCIP fields of study and, when possible, pursue professional certificates. Current fields of study include applied engineering, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media, public safety, and tourism and hospitality.
Service-Learning is another component of program participants’s integration on campus and in the community. Program participants participate in community service activities with local nonprofit organizations, join student groups to promote various causes, and participate in large scale events such as Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.
CCIP participants build hands-on professional experience through internships in local businesses and organizations. Through the internship application, interview, and participation phases of the program, participants build their professional skill sets in resume writing, networking, interviewing, and working in the context of U.S. business culture. These experiences help CCIP participants explore their fields of study and plan for their future careers.
CCIP participants learn about American culture and share their cultures with the people they meet through formal and informal activities. Students participate in a weekly Community, Society, and Institutions course with organized excursions that introduces them to people and organizations in their local communities. They also attend local arts and culture events, tour historical sites, visit schools, and join clubs.
The annual retreat is designed to build participant skills in leadership, reflection, and goal setting while developing the CCIP alumni network and enjoying excursions to key U.S. historical and cultural sites.
The NOVA-led Community College Consortium strongly encourages its CCIP participants to develop a project that provides a comprehensive picture of the sum total of the participants CCIP experience that they can bring home to demonstrate what they have learned. The project may be a portfolio of work, a paper on skills acquired, a reflection on the fellowship, a training or presentation manual.