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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…

  • Fidel Gonzalez SaforaFidel Gonzalez Safora

    Westchester Community College
    Country of origin: Cuba

    “I’m very grateful for the ESL program at Westchester Community College,” says Fidel Gonzalez Safora, who came to the United…

  • Giana SalomanGiana Saloman

    LaGuardia Community College
    Country of origin: Haiti

    Giana Saloman was born in Haiti. When she was 19, her older sister, a nurse, convinced her to go to school…

  • 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…


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 guiding principles, and how you can become a member.


Moving Forward

At this time, we believe CCCIE's work to expand opportunities for immigrant youth, and especially DREAMers, is more important than ever. We thank our members and many subscribers for their work to support immigrant students and build a safe, inclusive environment for all students. We look forward to staying connected with you all and sharing resources, strategies, and ideas as we move ahead toward a more unified future. Read more.


Sign CCCIE’s Presidents for New American Success Pledge

CCCIE is launching an exciting new College Presidents Campaign to engage community college presidents across the country in our work to accelerate the success of immigrant students and raise awareness of the critical role community colleges play in immigrant education and integration. Sign our Presidents Pledge and join CCCIE and other leading community colleges committed to advancing immigrant student success and helping our economy thrive. Take the next step and nominate another community college president to join our network as we embark on this exciting new initiative. Please sign and return pledge and nomination forms to Teresita Wisell, CCCIE Executive Director.


Expanding Opportunities for Retail Sector Employees

The retail sector has one of the highest levels of limited English-proficient workers, at nearly 1.5 million, about half of whom are women. Learn more how the Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce program is helping supermarket employees sharpen their English language skills and access better career pathways and how community colleges are playing a key role. Read about Maria, a Whole Foods employee in New York, who is improving her English language skills and learning to communicate better with customer and team leaders! Visit NIF’s blog to read the many success stories at all three pilot sites in Miami, New York, and Houston.


Practical Resources for 2016

CCCIE is pleased to share highlights of our work in 2015 and practical resources you can use in 2016 in our review of CCCIE in 2015. You'll find links to a new online toolkit for serving foreign-educated students, best practices to accelerate success of adult ESL learners, and results of our important new national community college survey to help gauge your college's progress in promoting immigrant student success, college completion, and career readiness. Take a look and share your feedback about these and other resources.


Launching ESL Career Pathway Bridges to Success

Download our Issue Brief, Accelerating the Success of Low-Literacy Adult ESL Learners to learn about the Project I-DEA and High School 21+ initiatives at Washington State community colleges and ESL integrated health career pathways at South Texas College - both great examples of how ESL bridge programs are benefiting immigrant students and the colleges alike. You'll also find related resources and practical tools to help you customize ESL bridge programs that fit your own college and community environment.


Celebrating Westchester Community College's Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars

Whether it’s enhancing the lives of immigrant families, tacking food insecurity, promoting college success or helping communities in countless other ways, the Kathryn W. Davis Global Community Scholars at Westchester Community College (WCC) are making a difference. We are very proud and delighted to share this story about a unique initiative at WCC, CCCIE’s host college, that brings together foreign-born and U.S.-born students to engage in community service projects and in the process build new friendships, develop leadership and team skills, and learn about each other’s cultures. Read more about their accomplishments and how these student teams are enriching the college campus and their communities.


CCCIE Shares National Survey Results at D.C. Briefing and Steps Colleges Can Take to Advance Immigrant Student Success

CCCIE convened a diverse group of stakeholders in Washington, D.C. recently—including community college administrators and faculty, CBOs, researchers, funders, policy experts, and government officials—to discuss findings from its latest National Survey on Increasing Opportunities for New Americans at Community Colleges and explore the steps colleges and their partners can take to advance college completion, career readiness, and the full integration of immigrant and refugee students into American society. The survey sheds light on the areas most colleges are currrently investing in to address immigrant students' success and also revealed where there are clear gaps in services. Read more.


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 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! 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.







CCCIE & Social Networking

Keep current with CCCIE and important immigrant education issues







Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC)

E4FC empowers undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship. Click here for information on college and graduate school scholarships.


Migration Policy Institute

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