(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 10, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College is pleased to welcome 16 international exchange students to contribute to our vibrant campus community during the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative (CCI) Program.
The CCI Program will provide 146 participants from underserved global communities with a one-year non-degree academic program in workforce development fields at nine U.S. community colleges in eight states.
This year, CCI participants studying at Scottsdale Community College are from Bangladesh, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey.
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Sat., August 18, 6 p.m. — Welcome Party & American BBQ, participants will present the cultures of their countries in traditional native dress at 27021 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85266.
Saturday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m. — International Fashion Show at the Student Leadership Workshop for Scottsdale high school students involved with Scottsdale Sister Cities at Scottsdale Community College, Turquoise Room, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256
About CCI program
: 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 U.S. citizens and other countries. During the 2017-2018 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 2,900 participants from 21 countries. The U.S. Department of State program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College on behalf of the Community College Consortium
. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org