Community College Initiative (CCI)

Community College Initiative (CCI)

CCI develops workforce-ready individuals from underserved populations into global citizens by equipping them with (1) technical proficiency in their field of study, (2) employability skills, and (3) leadership expertise to advance their country’s development and promote mutual understanding between cultures. Selected students spend one year studying at accredited US community colleges and gain practical hands-on experience. Through hosting CCI students, participating community colleges strengthen their ability to cultivate global leaders and internationalize their campus.

Community College Initiative

CCI develops workforce-ready individuals from underserved populations into global citizens by equipping them with (1) technical proficiency in their field of study, (2) employability skills, and (3) leadership expertise to advance their country’s development and promote mutual understanding between cultures. Selected students spend one year studying at accredited US community colleges and gain practical hands-on experience. Through hosting CCI students, participating community colleges strengthen their ability to cultivate global leaders and internationalize their campus.

Goals

  • Participants display the capacity to meet a key workforce need in their home country
  • Participants embody the skills, attitudes, and behaviors of 21st century community leaders and promote mutual understanding
  • Community colleges strengthen their ability to cultivate global leaders and internationalize their campus
Participation in CCI has had a great impact on my career path. I am more confident, and I can solve my problems. I can work with interest and full confidence. 2014-2015 CCI Participant

People

Project Activities

  • Technical skills building: CCI students attend a 10-month academic program at US community colleges with the opportunity to earn professional certificates in informational technology, business administration, agriculture, media, applied engineering, or early childhood education. Throughout the program, students receive tailored support in developing and meeting professional and academic goals and improving their English-language and academic skills.
  • Service learning: CCI students participate in a year-long service learning program that integrates a community service activity with learning about the history, culture, and current issues of the population they are serving. The service learning program at each community college reflects the diversity of their community and the organizations that work with them.
  • Community service:  CCI students will volunteer in their local communities to assist and engage in the community life of their host institutions. Students will learn about volunteerism and American involvement in civic affairs as well as addressing community problems.
  • Professional development: During the first semester, CCI students participate in a monthly training series focusing on soft skills, addressing areas that managers identify as barriers to employability (such as time management, self-presentation, teamwork, demonstrating personal motivation, and professionalism in spoken and written English). In the second semester, students complete part-time, unpaid internships, gaining experience in the American workplace and developing relationships with local businesses, government offices, nonprofit organizations, and other institutions.
  • Country presentations: Through presentations by CCI students, Americans at their college and in their community are exposed to global perspectives.
  • Global Citizens Passport to America: Through the Passport, students present and reflect on how they have explored various aspects of US culture and the linkages they’ve forged with Americans.
  • Alumni programming: CCI alumni are provided with opportunities to continue to develop their workforce skills, contribute meaningfully to their communities, and maintain professional networks developed through the program.

Partners

US flag and US Department of State

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

Contact

E-mail: CCI@irex.org