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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.


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 Helps Lehigh Carbon Community College Support the Educational Success of Latino and Immigrant Students

Lehigh Carbon Community College, located in the rural community of Schnecksville, PA, serves more than 7,500 students from Lehigh, Carbon, Schuylkill and surrounding counties. Many of Lehigh Carbon’s feeder school districts have diverse populations and are experiencing significant increases in the number of Latino and immigrant students. The college recently engaged CCCIE to help raise awareness of the critical role LCCC can play in meeting these students’ needs and take action steps to increase Latino and immigrant student access, retention, and completion. Featured as the keynote speaker at LCCC’s College-Wide Development Day, CCCIE Executive Director Tere Wisell led an engaging discussion to explore the key factors contributing to innovative and successful programs and highlighted CCCIE’s Framework for Immigrant Student Success from its report Increasing Opportunities for Immigrant Students. The nearly 200 faculty, administrators, staff, and college trustees in attendance also learned about model programs at CCCIE member colleges. Click here to view the presentation. Using the CCCIE Framework as a guide in a follow-up breakout session, Tere Wisell and Jill Casner-Lotto of CCCIE facilitated a discussion on building a welcoming community at the college and developing strategies to increase college access and success for Latino and immigrant students.

The event also featured The LCCC Journey – An Immigrant Student Perspective, a panel of LCCC students at different parts of their educational journey, who shared their observations, challenges, successes, and suggestions regarding their experiences at the college. Click here to watch a video of this student panel discussion.


Going DEEP in Kentucky: Empowering Latino and Immigrant Student Success

Do you know your institution’s admission policy/process and financial aid/scholarship policy and process for undocumented students? Do you allow them to apply for aid?

Do you know who the “go to” person is on your campus for immigrant student support including undocumented or DACA-mented students?

Can you name the undocumented youth-led organization or immigrant rights organization in your community or state?

These are among the questions explored by student leaders and community college faculty, staff and administrators at the Kentucky DEEP (Dream Educational Empowerment Program) conference, held for all 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Co-sponsored by United We Dream’s DEEP initiative, the Kentucky Dream Coalition, Kentucky Latino Education Alliance, KCTCS, and CCCIE, “Going DEEP: Empowering Latino and Immigrant Student Success” brought together over 70 college admissions, financial aid, diversity, ESL faculty, and student support services staff who heard the personal stories, successes, and challenges faced by immigrant students.
Serving as moderators in small-group sessions with community college representatives, students drawn from various educational institutions across the state of Kentucky shared their stories with college personnel, as well as their perspectives on successful strategies to increase college access, retention, and completion. The conference concluded with each college identifying and sharing action steps they will take to improve their programs services. The Kentucky DEEP conference represents an excellent model as CCCIE moves forward in its collaboration with UWD to plan future DEEP conferences at other community colleges and build community-based resources and relationships to increase college access and success for immigrant students.


The National UnDACAmented Research Project

In honor of the one year anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education is excited to partner with Professor Roberto Gonzales of Harvard University on the National UnDACAmented Research Project (NURP). The purpose of the project is to understand the effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on the everyday lives of young people who have applied for, or are planning to apply for, DACA. Preliminary findings from a national survey of 1,402 DACA-approved young adults indicate that although DACA opens up new economic opportunities for young aspiring Americans, it does not address the constant fear of deportation still facing their family members. Read more.  


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.