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immigrant education

Strategic Partnerships in Immigrant Education and Integration

The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education's strategic partnerships are expanding CCCIE's policy reach and influencing the field.


Our Funding Partners

The work of the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education would not be possible without the major support of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a leader in the field of immigrant integration. We are especially appreciative of Suzette Brooks Masters, Program Director, Migrations, for her commitment to CCCIE and understanding of the critical role that colleges play in successful immigrant education and integration.

CCCIE has recently been awarded a generous grant from The Kresge Foundation to build its capacity, strengthen its existing partnerships, and create new networks to integrate its work on immigrant education with broader national reform networks focused on college completion and workforce development.


CCCIE wishes to express its gratitude to our other funding partners listed below, in alphabetical order:

  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation 
  • Bunker Hill Community College Foundation 
  • The Flower Hill Fund, Boston Foundation
  • Lebensfeld Foundation
  • Westchester Community College Foundation
  • Other Anonymous Donors 


 j.m. kaplan fundWCC foundation




 Kresge Foundation



 The Flower Hill Fund, Boston Foundationbunker hill community college foundation



 annie e. casey foundation






Our Policy Partners

American Association of Community Colleges

immigrant educationThe strong support of AACC  and its president Dr. Walter Bumphus has been instrumental to our work. CCCIE's relationship with AACC offers unparalleled opportunities for the national dissemination of our initiatives and for reaching the senior leadership of the nation's community colleges. AACC has provided opportunities to raise the visibility of CCCIE’s mission and work through published articles, interviews, and presentations at AACC-sponsored events. With the assistance of AACC Senior Staff Associate and Blue Ribbon Panel member Kevin Christian, CCCIE is reaching a broad audience of community college leaders and professionals through the Community College Times, Community College Journal,   and multiple presentations to AACC’s constituents.



immigrant educationCCCIE has joined forces with Upwardly Global, Welcome Back Initiative, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians , and World Education Services in this national coalition which is active in the emerging field of immigrant professional integration. IMPRINT identifies and promotes best practices in the integration of immigrant professionals and advocates for policies at the national, state, and local levels that incorporate multilingual/multicultural talent. IMPRINT has produced numerous reports, articles, and issue briefs based on its monthly webinar series on such topics as Integrating Immigrant Health Professionals, What Adult Educators Need to Know About Serving Skilled Immigrants, and Promising Practices: How Community Colleges Are Serving Skilled Immigrant Students, which featured the work of CCCIE and best practices models from BRP member Miami Dade College.


Migration Policy Institute

immigrant educationThrough its collaboration with MPI, CCCIE becomes involved in critical research impacting policies and practices focused on college completion and workforce success for immigrant youth and adults. CCCIE's Blue Ribbon Panel members provided important feedback for MPI’s report DREAM vs. Reality: An Analysis of Potential DREAM Act Beneficiaries, a study of undocumented youth who might benefit from DREAM Act legislation or broader immigration reform, and for its latest research on high school completion, college access and post-secondary success of immigrant youth (ages 16 to 26) in five states, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. CCCIE and several Blue Ribbon Panel members are actively involved in the 2013 National Immigrant Integration Conference, as planners, speakers, and facilitators in sessions that are part of the Human Capital Development Track, co-chaired by BRP member Margie McHugh, who co-directs MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy.


National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good

immigrant educationCCCIE and the National Forum, based at the University of Michigan, are working together to increase college access and completion for all immigrant students regardless of their status. The National Forum collaborated in April 2013 with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE) to convene a day-long program of discussions and presentations focused on the critical role of community colleges in the United States as facilitators of immigrant student access to educational and workforce opportunities. A soon-to-be-released report, Open Access: Integrating Immigrant Students in America’s Community Colleges details key points of information shared during the symposium and offers recommendations for community colleges serving immigrant students. CCCIE also participated in a national online forum on increasing access for undocumented students that reached nearly 500 educators and was hosted by the National Forum and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.


United We Dream

immigrant educationCCCIE is collaborating with DEEP—the Dream Educational Empowerment Program—an initiative of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. DEEP builds strategically aligned collaborations between UWD affiliates, K-12 educators, community college and university representatives, and community-based organizations and leaders to increase higher education access for undocumented youth and their parents. CCCIE has co-sponsored and participated in two DEEP Conferences, one at Alamo Colleges and one including all 16 colleges comprising the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. These events bring key stakeholders together to share strategies, tools, and resources promoting immigrant student success. CCCIE is also assisting UWD in developing “DEEP Centers,” which are networks of educators, community organizations, and affiliates that will work with immigrant youth, their parents, and teachers to improve educational access and outcomes through coaching, training, outreach programs and community collaborations.


World Education Services

immigrant educationCCCIE and the Global Talent Bridge (GTB) initiative of World Education Services have co-sponsored numerous community college Pathways to Success seminars that provide information and resources to assist foreign-educated, skilled immigrants re-enter their careers or continue their education in the U.S. CCCIE and GTB have also organized Professional Development forums that provide community college practitioners (from admissions, financial aid, student support services, and ESL) and their community partners with resources and best practices to assess and advise these students more effectively. The sessions have been highly successful, drawing hundreds from the immigrant community (both current students and the public at large) and many college and CBO staff members. To date, we’ve organized these events at eight community college campuses, reaching nearly 1,000 skilled immigrants and 200 educators and CBO practitioners.