Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Community College Initiative Program
The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides international participants from underserved and underrepresented communities with an intensive academic-year long program at accredited U.S. community colleges, focused on building technical and professional skills while deepening participants’ understanding of the United States. Applicants may apply through one of the following options:
- Option A: CCI Program-wide Administration and Implementation: Organizations that represent consortia of eight or more community colleges are eligible to apply under Option A to administer CCI Program-wide activities and to implement CCI Programs at U.S. campuses. Applicants under Option A must demonstrate the capacity to administer these CCI Program-wide activities: managing the application review and placement cycle; coordinating pre-departure materials and participation in virtual orientations; planning and executing at least one event for all CCI participants; and overseeing the CCI-wide branding and alumni engagement efforts. Applicants under Option A also need to demonstrate the capacity to implement U.S. arrival orientations and pre-academic programs, along with academic year programs at host campuses for approximately 132 participants. One cooperative agreement will be awarded under Option A. Applicants must demonstrate a willingness and ability to work with organizations under Option B if this option is exercised. In all cases, applicant organizations should demonstrate flexibility and the ability to increase or decrease hosting capacity to accommodate final funding levels.
- Option B: CCI Program Implementation Only: Organizations that represent consortia of three or more community colleges are eligible to apply under Option B to administer and implement U.S. arrival orientations and pre-academic programs, along with academic year programs at host campuses for approximately 36 students. Up to two cooperative agreements may be awarded under Option B.
Organizations must demonstrate a commitment to work with the institution awarded under Option A. Applicant organizations should demonstrate flexibility and the ability to increase or decrease hosting capacity to accommodate final funding levels.
Amount: Up to three cooperative agreements (one base year plus two non-competitive continuations) for an estimated three-year total amount of $15,600,000. Awards may range from approximately $1,400,000 to $5,200,000 annually.
Eligibility: U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) that represent consortia of accredited U.S. community colleges, or that represent other combinations of accredited community college campuses may apply.
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