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
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:photo to come
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
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