NCC Welcomes 14 International Exchange Students

The students are part of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program.

NCC international exchange students

2019 – 2020 CCI participants meeting Bethlehem Mayor Robert J. Donchez
and Police Chief Mark A. DiLuzio

Northampton Community College(NCC) is pleased to welcome 14 international exchange students to contribute to the vibrant campus community during the 2019-2020 academic year as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. The CCI Program will provide 144 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 Northampton Community College are from Egypt, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Colombia and Dominican Republic.

About CCI: 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 citizens of the United States and other countries. During the 2018-2019 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 3,200 participants from 21 countries. This U.S. Department of State program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College in cooperation with the Community College Consortium. For further information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at eca-press@state.gov.