The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides participants from underserved areas and underrepresented groups with a one-year, non-degree academic program at a U.S. community college. The program is designed to build participants’ technical skills in applied fields, enhance their leadership capabilities and strengthen their English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning and cultural exchange through community engagement activities.
CCI participants contribute to their United States host communities by helping United States community colleges to internationalize their campuses. According to the 2017 Open Doors Report, only 2.1% of U.S. community college students will gain 21st-century international experience and workforce skills through study abroad. CCI exchange participants engage community college students with international cultures and diverse perspectives in their United States classrooms and on their home campuses.
After completing the program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and new skills to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries.
Since the establishment of the program in 2007, more than 75 community colleges have hosted over 2,900 participants from 21 countries.
The Community College Initiative Program is a U.S. government international exchange program supported by the people of the United States. It is a program of the U.S. Department of State and has received funding as a Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs exchange activity from the U.S. Congress since 2007.
Northern Virginia Community College administers the Community College Initiative Program on behalf of the Community College Consortium in cooperation with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Formed in 2009, the Community College Consortium (CCC) is an informal association of geographically diverse community colleges that have significant international exchange experience and reflect the broad scope of U.S. society and culture.
Current CCC partners and CCI host campuses include the following community colleges:
- Bunker Hill Community College
- College of DuPage
- Houston Community College
- Kirkwood Community College
- Mesa Community College
- Northern Virginia Community College
- Northampton Community College
- Scottsdale Community College
- Valencia College
Historic Community College Consortium partners include: