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Community College Initiative Program

CCIP students overlooking a mountain

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program is a U.S. Department of State sponsored program that provides participants from underserved areas and underrepresented groups with a one-year, non-degree academic program at a U.S. community college. The program is designed to build participants’ technical skills in applied fields, enhance their leadership capabilities and strengthen their English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning and cultural exchange through community engagement activities. CCI exchange participants contribute to their U.S. host communities by helping U.S. community colleges internationalize their campuses. After completing the program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and new skills to help them contribute to the growth and development of their countries. The CCI Program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College on behalf of the Community College Consortium, of which Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is a partner institution since 2013.

Program Goals

  • Provide a quality academic program at U.S. community colleges to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities and strengthen English language proficiency of the participants.
  • Provide opportunities to engage in civil society through professional internships, service learning and community engagement activities.
  • Allow participants to return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.
  • Promote cross-cultural understanding and building partnerships with U.S. institutions and its citizens.

Key Facts

  • Since 2013, 11 countries have been represented in BHCC’s CCI Program: Bangladesh, Brazil, Columbia, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey. 
  • A total of 72 students have participated in the BHCC’s CCI Program since 2013.
  • BHCC’s CCI Program participants have conducted over 12,000 hours of volunteer service.

Academic Pathways include Certificates in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Energy and Sustainability Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fire and Safety Management
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Administrative Support Specialist

 Examples of Volunteer Opportunities

  • Rosie’s Place
  • American Red Cross
  • Helping Hands
  • GLAD
  • Smile Project
  • Boston Equality
  • National Diabetes Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • City Year
  • New England Aquarium

Examples of Internship Opportunities

  • Jumpstart
  • American Red Cross
  • Ethos
  • City of Chelsea
  • Tenant’s Development Corporation
  • Commission on Affairs of the Elderly
  • Elizabeth Peabody House

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Northern Virginia Community College on behalf of the Community College Consortium.