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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 comprised of a national Blue Ribbon Panel of community colleges and experts in the field of immigrant education committed to meeting the educational needs of immigrant students. Read more about CCCIE’s key initiatives in immigrant higher education, its mission and objectives, and how you can become a member.


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 Joins National Convening at White House to Advance Best Practices on Immigrant Integration

CCCIE participated in the first-ever White House National Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration, which brought together nearly 200 leaders from across the country, including policymakers,practitioners, faith leaders, elected officials, researchers and business representatives, to share best practices that are advancing initiatives to help immigrants, refugees, and receiving communities and to explore additional ways the federal government can engage with local communities so that these new Americans are able to fully participate and contribute to American society.

Read more about this event and download a variety of helpful resources promoting civic, economic, and linguistic integration, including ELL-U, a free professional development network for ESOL educators working with adult immigrant learners.


New Issue Brief - Connecting English Language Learners to Supportive Community College Resources

Many English Language Learners who come to community colleges start their academic journey by enrolling in ESL classes on the noncredit side of your college or in your college's division of continuing education. For many of these students, the broader community college campus and the world beyond remain a puzzling enigma. Despite the growth in a vast array of campus resources and services designed to promote the academic, personal, and professional success of all students, immigrant students who could benefit greatly from these services are often unaware they exist.

In the newest CCCIE’s Issue Brief Alexandra Lowe, an ESL instructor at Westchester Community College shares seven promising practices that can be easily adopted at your campus to help immigrant students take advantage of the wealth of supportive services your college provides for all its students. We hope you find the promising practices and recommendations in this 5-page brief, Connecting English Language Learners to Supportive Community College Resources, helpful. Please share with your networks and let us know what you are doing at your college to connect ESL students to resources available on the wider campus. Write us at to share your success stories!


CCCIE Receives Grant from Kresge Foundation to Expand Its Work

We're very proud to announce that CCCIE has been awarded a generous grant from The Kresge Foundation to build its capacity, strengthen its existing partnerships, and create new ones to integrate its work on immigrant education with broader national reform networks focused on college completion and workforce development. We want to thank Kresge and all those individuals and organizations that have contributed to and collaborated with CCCIE as we strive to improve educational and career opportunties for immigrant students. A special note of thanks and appreciation to the J.M. Kaplan Fund, which has been CCCIE's major supporter from the very beginning, and to the members of our Blue Ribbon Panel  their commitment to serve immigrant students through their colleges' innovative programs and services and to share their work and expertise at the national level have been critical to our activities. Click here to read the full press release.


New Financial Aid Resource from White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

To help support Hispanic students in their efforts to enroll and afford a postsecondary education The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics has created the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success Guide, available on the Initiative’s web page in English and Spanish. The Guide includes recommendations on how to prepare a college application, helpful tips on how to choose the right college and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAsm) and types of financing options, including resources for students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and non-U.S. citizen students. Please share this critical resource with your networks. Download the one-page Guide Fact Sheet in English and Spanish.


April 9th is National Educators Coming Out Day

Educators and students across the country are showing their support by engaging in conversations on how to increase resources and college access for undocumented students. Find out more and show your support by clicking here. 

As educators, we can ensure our campuses provide a welcoming and supportive environment to help all immigrant students get connected to the resources that will allow them to study, learn, grow, and excel. Thank you, United We Dream for sponsoring the first ever National Educators Coming Out Day!


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New $25-Million Scholarship Fund for Dreamers

The goal of TheDream.US, a new national scholarship fund for DREAMers established by The Washington Post Company and administered by Scholarship Management Services is to ensure that DREAMers have access to a quality, affordable college education that leads to a career-ready degree. TheDream.US, provides scholarships to assist students who, due to their undocumented status, are unable to access Pell Grants or other financial aid needed to complete a college education. CCCIE applauds the efforts of the private funders supporting this breakthrough initiative who are filling a void in the absence of any kind of federal financial assistance and limited state aid available for DREAMers.

TheDream.US, awards tuition scholarships to DREAMers who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and a high motivation to succeed. Students who receive a scholarship can use it to attend one of a select group of pre-approved colleges that offer career-ready, affordable associate degree and bachelor degree programs. Two CCCIE member colleges—Miami Dade College and South Texas College—are among the 12 colleges selected to participate in this first round of scholarship awards.

DREAMers are students who came to the U.S. as minors, have graduated from U.S. high schools or earned a U.S.-based high school equivalent but lack a legal status. To be eligible for the scholarship, DREAMers must have applied for or received DACA status and meet other academic requirements. Visit TheDream.US. to view the full list of participating colleges and learn more about the program. Please share this 3-page program description with your networks and read the personal message from Gaby Pacheco, a Dreamer, founder of the Florida immigrant youth network Students Working for Equal Rights, and program director of TheDream.US.


CCCIE and Immigrant Education in the Spotlight

Learn how CCCIE supports community colleges that are increasing educational opportunities for immigrant students and how a diverse immigrant student body benefits the colleges and the communities they serve.  Immigrant education is the topic on the Higher education talk radio/community college talk radio show, which aired on Nov. 12. Listen to the interview with Tere Wisell, CCCIE Executive Director and Associate Dean, The Gateway Center at Westchester Community College;  Jill Casner-Lotto, CCCIE Director, and Kevin Christian, Senior Program Associate for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at the American Association of Community Colleges, which is a member of the Consortium’s Blue Ribbon Panel. Click here to listen to the whole show. More shows at


CCCIE in the News            

  • Blue Ribbon Panel members at CCCIE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. shared a range of ideas and initiatives on how community colleges support immigrant students, including those who come to the U.S. with college credentials and experience in growing career fields. Read more about how community colleges support 'mal employed' immigrants.

  • CCCIE’s report DREAMING BIG is featured in the article Chasing the Dream, published in a special Community College Supplement issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  Community colleges are gearing up to play a greater role in providing open access and affordable  education to undocumented immigrants since President Barack Obama’s re-election, which ensured the continuance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for eligible young immigrants. Read the full article on page 31.
  • CCCIE is cited as a resource in ESL Speaks the Language of Business, a white paper in the Community College Journal based on a a webinar co-sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges, CCCIE and Rosetta Stone®.





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A new nationwide scholarship fund makes college scholarships for Dreamers possible.


New E4FC Scholarship Guide

From Educators for Fair Consideration: The “2013-2014 List of Scholarships That Don’t Require Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency” - up-to-date information about scholarships available to immigrant students.