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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Awareness & Outreach

immigrant educationThe Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education promotes the visibility of immigrant education as a national issue, by highlighting the critical role of community colleges and increasing access to relevant research and information. We are achieving this through numerous publications, presentations, and expanded resources.

CCCIE staff and Blue Ribbon Panelists work together to increase awareness of immigrant education issues among educators, researchers, professional associations, and government officials, and to promote more effective immigrant education policies and programs.

The American Association of Community Colleges, a Blue Ribbon Panel member, serves as the lobbying group for community colleges on the federal level and their participation on our national Blue Ribbon Panel allows CCCIE’s position to be heard in matters of policy and practice affecting immigrant students.

Currently, we are developing resources that assist:

  • Undocumented students transition to further educational and work opportunities, particularly in light of the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, enacted in 2012.
  • Internationally educated immigrants (both current students and community residents) with credential evaluation and career pathways.