My Story

  • KeylaTorres_WrightAida Rodriguez

    Palm Beach State College
    Country of origin: Mexico

    Aida Rodriguez, a native of Mexico, received her…

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  • KeylaTorres_WrightKeyla Torres

    Wright College
    Country of origin: Honduras

    Keyla Torres, an immigrant from Honduras, started anew at Wright College in…
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  • KeylaTorres_WrightVitor Granja

    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Brazil

    When Vitor Granja first moved to this country…

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  • Fidel Gonzalez SaforaFidel Gonzalez Safora

    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Cuba

    “I’m very grateful for the…

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  • Giana SalomanGiana Saloman

    LaGuardia Community College
    Country of origin: Haiti

    Giana Saloman was born in Haiti.…

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  • Jibril Yahaya LuwaaJibril Yahaya Luwaa

    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Ghana

    Growing up in Ghana, I dreamed of…

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  • Satwinderjit KaurSatwinderjit Kaur

    Johnson County Community College
    Country of Origin: India

    "Watch your thoughts, they become words.…

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  • Cecilia G. CorralCecilia G. Corral

    South Texas College
    Country of origin: Mexico

    At first glance, 18 year old Cecilia…

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  • Fernando VillavicencioFernando Villavicencio

    Miami Dade College
    Country of Origin: Ecuador

    Fernando Villavicencio migrated three years ago from his native…

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  • Anne Sarie Yva CossogueAnne Sarie Yva Cossogue

    Miami Dade College
    Country of Origin: Haiti

    Anne Sarie Yva Cossogue migrated…

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Our Blue Ribbon Panel

Overview

The national Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) is actively involved in the work of the CCCIE. The BRP members work with the CCCIE staff to develop a blueprint for the most effective ways to achieve our goals of the project. The nearly 30 members of the BRP members include:

  • Senior level administrators of community colleges from geographically diverse areas, including urban and rural areas, new immigrant destinations and established immigrant destinations.
  • Representatives from selected professional associations and nonprofit organizations
  • Researchers in the field of ESL career pathways and immigrant education and reform.

The Community College Representative on the Blue Ribbon Panel

BRP community college presidents are committed to advancing immigrant education programs at their institutions and have devoted resources to make that happen. Each community college president selects a senior level administrator from his/her institution to serve on the national Blue Ribbon Panel. The selected community college administrator:

  • Is the highest level administrator within the institution with supervisory authority over programs for immigrant education or training or English as a Second Language
  • Has the ability and authority to impact policy within the institution and among other community colleges and associations
  • Has a professional commitment to the importance of the community college’s role in immigrant education

Learn more about our Blue Ribbon Panel members at Leadership Profiles