NOVA Welcomes New CCI Program Cohort

NOVA is welcoming 27 international exchange students during the 2019-2020 academic year as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. The CCI Program will provide 144 participants from underserved global communities with a one-year non-degree academic program in workforce development fields at nine community colleges in eight states.

This year, CCI participants studying at NOVA are from Turkey, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Colombia, Egypt, and Indonesia. The 14 participants will study at the Annandale Campus in the Tourism, Business, Media, and IT fields, while 13 participants will study at the Alexandria Campus in the Early Childhood Development, Business, and Media fields. Prior to their academic studies at NOVA, the participants engage in a five-week Gateways to Success Program that introduces them to the NOVA campuses, student support resources, and opportunities for on and off-campus engagement, and builds English language and computer skills to prepare the participants for success in their one-year academic program.

NOTE: 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 U.S. and other countries. During the 2018-2019 program year, CCI participants contributed nearly $1 million in service to local U.S. communities through volunteering and unpaid internships, as calculated by independentsector.org 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.

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 3,200 participants from 21 countries. NOVA administers this U.S. Department of State program in cooperation with the Community College Consortium. For further information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at eca-press@state.gov.

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