Exchange Participants Study at CCBC and other U.S. Community Colleges to Develop Global Workforce and Leadership Skills

Oct 11, 2021 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County is pleased to welcome 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 (CCI) 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. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities to build relations between citizens of the United States and other countries. In the past five years alone, CCI participants contributed more than $4,360,000 in service to local U.S. communities through volunteering and unpaid internships, as calculated by rates for volunteer hours. CCI participants also contribute to their U.S. host communities by bringing diverse global perspectives to classrooms, campus life, and local organizations.

“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s students and applaud the CCI program for its benefits to the visiting students as well as to current CCBC students,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “We are thankful for our partnership with Northern Virginia Community College and look forward to meeting the CCI program’s goals of further developing the students’ skills as leaders in their fields and to fostering mutual cultural exchange on our campuses.”

The Institute of International Education states that in 2017-2018, fewer than 11% of all undergraduate students in the United States had the opportunity to study abroad. This number drops to about 2% at community colleges, as many local students have commitments that make travel challenging. Thus for community colleges, programs such as CCI help to bring internationalization to the campus instead.

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. For further information, please contact the NOVA CCI Team at and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at

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Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2020 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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