CCI participants complete academic coursework in select CCI Program fields of study and, when possible, pursue professional certificates. Current fields of study include agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media, public safety, and tourism and hospitality.
Service learning is a key component of the CCI Program that helps participants to integrate into their campus and local communities. CCI students participate in local community service activities with nonprofit organizations, join student groups to practice leadership skills and promote causes they care about and contribute to large-scale national events such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. In 2014-2015, CCI participants contributed more than 15,000 hours of service to their host communities. Since the inception of the CCI Program with CCC in 2010, participants have contributed close to 60,000 volunteer hours!
CCI 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 CCI participants explore their fields of study and plan for their future careers.
CCI 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 mid-year Pathways to Success Program is designed to build participant skills in leadership, reflection and goal setting while developing the CCI alumni network and enjoying excursions to key U.S. historical and cultural sites.
The NOVA led Community College Consortium strongly encourages its CCI participants to develop a product that would be used by the student, upon their return home to provide a comprehensive picture of the sum total of the student’s experience while in the CCI. The product may be a portfolio of work, a paper on skills acquired, a reflection on the fellowship, a training or presentation manual.