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Be A Mentor to a CCI Student!

Academic Year 2013-2014 marks the fifth year of FVTC's participation in the CCI Program. Arriving in July of 2013 for a 4-week intensive orientation, 12 CCI Students will call Appleton their home for 10 months. Students from Pakistan, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, Bangladesh and South Africa will be studying at FVTC in a variety of academic fields starting Fall of 2012.

CCI Colleges assign a mentor or mentor family from the local community for all CCI students. Mentors help students transition to living and studying in the United States and act as an additional support outlet. CCI students generally spend time with their mentors at least twice a month and communicate regularly through email and phone calls. The CCI mentor component creates a unique bond between students and local community members which lasts well after the student returns home.

If you are interested in being a Mentor to a CCI Student please complete the Mentor Family Application here and submit to Aaron M. Gorenc in the Global Education & Services department TODAY!

CCI Student Cohort 2013-2014:

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International Research & Exchange Board
CCI Program Description

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program is a program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State, supported by the people of the United States, and implemented by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). CCI will provide students from selected countries full-time enrollment at a U.S. accredited community or technical college, leadership and professional development skills, an internship, community engagement opportunities, and opportunities to engage in American culture to build mutual understanding.

The CCI Scholarship is administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.


The Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs launched the CCI programs to build on achievements of the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education that was convened by the former Secretary of State and Secretary of Education in January 2006. The CCI Program provides quality educational programs, professional development, employment skills and a first-hand understanding of American society to underserved, non-elite international students, particularly women and students in their early/mid-twenties who already have work experience. 

The CCI Program demonstrates abroad the U.S. commitment to education for all by providing access to educational opportunities for a broader sector of international students.  ECA hopes this will engage community colleges in the United States as the number of international students enrolled at U.S. community colleges increases and reinforces community college efforts to build international ties. U.S. community colleges make a unique contribution to international educational exchange by demonstrating the flexibility and relevance of American higher education and the manner in which community colleges provide quality technical and first-level professional education to vital sectors of society that are essential for nations to move forward economically and politically. Community colleges also provide a model of lower-cost community-based higher education that offers wide access to skills development to broad sectors of the population for existing jobs.

International students selected for academic study at accredited U.S. community colleges under the CCI receive educational opportunities, professional development, and exposure to American society which enables them to return home with unique skills and experience with which to contribute to the growth and development of their countries' societies. Upon return, these students will be able to enter the skilled work force and fill important needs in their home countries.

As the CCI Program continues at FVTC, it's administration and implementation are being complete by IREX.

For more information regarding the CCI Program and Mentor Family Program visit:

Global Education & Services

Room E-131 - Appleton Main Campus

(920) 735-4728

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   Aaron Gorenc

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