The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides a quality academic program at U.S. community colleges intended to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities.
Participants spend one academic year in the United States and may earn certificates in their fields of study. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.
Program Length1 year or less
Eligibility and Application Overview
Participants study in one of the following eligible fields: agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media, and tourism and hospitality management. CCI Program participants are recruited from historically underserved populations.
The recruitment, selection and nomination of candidates in the eligible countries is administered by the Fulbright Commission or the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. See location details below for contacts in participating countries and to ask about application eligibility requirements.
Since the establishment of the program in 2006, more than 50 community colleges have hosted almost 2,000 participants. For 2013-2014 academic year, three community college consortia will administer the program in cooperation with the Bureau:
Community College Consortium (CCC)
Formed in 2009, the Community College Consortium (CCC) is an informal association of geographically diverse, urban-based community colleges that have significant international exchange experience and reflect the broad scope of U.S. society and culture. CCC member campuses prepare CCI participants to contribute to their home community workforces by strengthening their skills in a variety of professional fields, in leadership and community engagement, and in English. The following consortia members are currently hosting CCI participants:Northern Virginia Community College in (Annandale and Alexandria campuses), Virginia; Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona; Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona; Miami Dade College (Kendall and Wolfson campuses) in Miami, Florida; College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts; and Houston Community College in Houston, Texas.
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. The IREX CCI program prepares participants from underserved populations to be global citizens by equipping them with technical proficiency in selected fields of study, employability skills, and leadership expertise to advance their country’s development and promote mutual understanding between cultures. IREX, which began hosting CCI participants in 2013, leads a consortium which includes Eastern Iowa Community College District in Muscatine, Iowa; Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay Wisconsin; and Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California.
Northwest CCI (NWCCI)
In 2008, Edmonds Community College based in Lynnwood, WA, initiated the Northwest Community College Initiative Program and now coordinates administration of the program with Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA, and Pierce College in Lakewood, WA. NWCCI's goal is to strengthen other societies by developing capable young professionals who graduate from the program having acquired professional skills, leadership abilities, and an understanding of American society, democracy and culture.