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  • KeylaTorres_WrightAida Rodriguez

    Palm Beach State College
    Country of origin: Mexico

    Aida Rodriguez, a native of Mexico, received her Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, FL, with honors…

  • KeylaTorres_WrightKeyla Torres

    Wright College
    Country of origin: Honduras

    Keyla Torres, an immigrant from Honduras, started anew at Wright College in 2004. Today, she is Eli’s Cheesecake Company’s Business Specialist. Like many other immigrants, Torres went…
  • KeylaTorres_WrightVitor Granja

    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Brazil

    When Vitor Granja first moved to this country in 2008 from Brazil, he had no knowledge of English. He attended ESL classes while…

  • Jibril Yahaya LuwaaJibril Yahaya Luwaa

    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Ghana

    Growing up in Ghana, I dreamed of becoming a pharmacist, although the odds were against me. I have always wanted to have…

  • Satwinderjit KaurSatwinderjit Kaur

    Johnson County Community College
    Country of Origin: India

    "Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your…

  • Cecilia G. CorralCecilia G. Corral

    South Texas College
    Country of origin: Mexico

    At first glance, 18 year old Cecilia G. Corral seems a typical sweet, smart and well-mannered young lady graduating high school. She…

  • Fernando VillavicencioFernando Villavicencio

    Miami Dade College
    Country of Origin: Ecuador

    Fernando Villavicencio migrated three years ago from his native Guayaquil, Ecuador. With dreams to become a Mechanical Engineer, he came to the United States…

  • Anne Sarie Yva CossogueAnne Sarie Yva Cossogue

    Miami Dade College
    Country of Origin: Haiti

    Anne Sarie Yva Cossogue migrated from Haiti two years ago in order to pursue a degree in Biology in hopes…

  • Nadine KhairNadine Khair

    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Jordan

    Life is a ladder of success and the more effort you put into reaching the highest steps, the more you will get from…

  • David MongesDavid Monges

    Westchester Community College
    Country of Origin: Paraguay

    The openness of the faculty and the multiplicity of perspectives of the students are what makes Westchester Community College an outstanding institution.


Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education

CCCIE is a national network of community colleges, which is hosted and led by Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. Our national Blue Ribbon Panel of community colleges and experts in the field of immigrant education are committed to increasing increasing educational and career opportunities for immigrant students. Read more about CCCIE’s key initiatives in immigrant higher education, its mission and objectives, and how you can become a member.


CCCIE Joins New Partnership to Increase English Proficiency within the Retail Sector Made Possible by a $1.2 Million Grant from the Walmart Foundation”

The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education has joined with leadership of the National Immigration Forum, Miami Dade College, and the Walmart Foundation to develop an innovative new program, Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce, to increase the English language skills among retail workers for whom English is a second language. The program is being made possible by a one-year, $1.2 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. Read more how this program creates a scalable, sector-wide contextualized English language learning program that will help retailers build stronger career pathways for their employees.


CCCIE D.C. Policy Briefing: “Increasing Opportunities for New Americans at Community Colleges”

How can community colleges best prepare immigrant students for success in the 21st century workforce? What steps are colleges taking to improve college completion and career readiness for their immigrant student population? What areas of investment are needed the most?

For answers to these questions and more, join CCCIE on November 13th in Washington, D.C. for a panel discussion on the results of our first-of-its-kind “National Survey on Increasing Opportunities for New Americans at Community Colleges.” We have invited speakers with deep expertise in immigrant education and workforce development issues who will comment on the survey findings and discuss the broader policy and practice implications for community colleges and other key stakeholders to advance educational and career opportunities for immigrants. The briefing will take place on Friday, Nov. 13, 11 am to 1 pm, Washington Marriott Georgetown, 1222nd St. NW, Washington, DC. For more information and to RSVP by November 10, contact CCCIE Director Jill Casner-Lotto at Download the PDF version of the survey tool.


CCCIE Cited in DOE Resource Guide on Supporting Undocumented Students in High School and College

The U.S. Department of Education has released a resource guide to help educators, school leaders and community organizations better support undocumented youth, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. We are delighted to share this toolkit with all of you and to have CCCIE's work cited as a resource throughout the guide. Our congratulations to all those in our community of advocates for undocumented youth who contributed to this guide! Click here for the resource guide and an overview of the contents, and please share with colleagues, students in your classroom, and those you advise.


Bridging the Gap for Foreign-Educated Immigrants: New Guide

CCCIE and WES Global Talent Bridge are pleased to announce the publication of "Bridging the Gap for Foreign-Educated Immigrants." The Guide highlights effective program models and promising practices from community colleges across the country and illustrates how community colleges and community-based organizations can collaborate to increase opportunities for skilled immigrants. You'll find practical ideas, recommendations, and resources that are useful for front-line advisors and administrators interested in helping skilled immigrants forge a viable career pathway in the U.S. Click here to download your free copy of the Guide. 


CCCIE Recommendations Submitted to White House Task Force on New Americans

Read CCCIE’s recommendations and promising practices for improving the educational and career prospects of immigrant students, and click here to learn what some of our Blue Ribbon Panel members and other key stakeholders recommend. The newly created Task Force is charged with developing a federal immigrant integration strategy and will submit a national plan to President Obama by the end of March.





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Migration Policy Institute

"Lessons from the Local Level: DACA’s Implementation and Impact on Education and Training Success"
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