International exchange students focus on global workforce skills

Oct 16, 2021

CCBC welcomes 14 international exchange students to its campus communities during the 2021-2022 academic year as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program.

The CCI program will provide 191 participants from underserved global communities with a one-year non-degree academic program in workforce development fields at 11 U.S. community colleges in 11 states. This year, CCI participants studying at CCBC are from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa and Turkey.

The CCI program is designed to build participants’ technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. It also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities to build relations between citizens of the United States and other countries.

After completing the CCI program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and with improved technical and vocational skills to contribute to the economic development of their home communities.

Since 2007, the CCI program has hosted more than 3,400 participants from 21 countries. This U.S. Department of State program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in cooperation with the NOVA-led Community College Consortium.

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