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Ashwini: Discovering my hidden strengths
Current Students

Ashwini: Discovering my hidden strengths

Participants in the Northwest Community College Initiative program (NWCCI) are encouraged to focus on their strengths and use those strengths to become more effective leaders.  Below Guduru Sadanand Ashwini, a media student from India at Pierce College, writes about discovering her hidden strengths during a Dependable Strengths workshop at the NWCCI mid-year leadership retreat. In the Dependable Strengths … Continue reading

Tabby: International friendships through NWCCI
Current Students

Tabby: International friendships through NWCCI

When students in the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program become friends with American students, an organic cultural exchange occurs that can change the lives of those involved. Tabatha Spegal lived at Rainier Place at Edmonds Community College (EdCC) this past year with two NWCCI students, Amreen Mushtaq from India and Fransiska Palmasari from Indonesia. EdCC … Continue reading

Endor: Living and sharing with a wonderful family
Current Students / Friendship Families

Endor: Living and sharing with a wonderful family

Endor E. Rebolledo, a Colombian student who studied tourism and hospitality as part of the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program at Whatcom Community College, writes about his first few weeks in the United States. Students at some of our campuses stay with host families when they first arrive, and many maintain close relationships. Here Endor shares … Continue reading

Whatcom Farewell Video
Current Students

Whatcom Farewell Video

Here’s a video students in the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program at Whatcom Community College put together for their farewell celebration last month. They’ve been home for a few weeks, and we are excited to hear what’s next for them.  The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored … Continue reading

Ignacio: Maps don’t always give you a sense of the world
Current Students

Ignacio: Maps don’t always give you a sense of the world

Ignacio Soriano of the Dominican Republic says that living in Lynnwood can sometimes be challenging, especially if you come from another country, as all of the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) students do. He wrote the following blog post to help future students find fun and interesting things to do around Edmonds Community College. With the help … Continue reading

Sena: Thoughtful, research-based care and education for kids
Current Students

Sena: Thoughtful, research-based care and education for kids

Sena Yumru is a Turkish student studying early childhood education at Pierce College. Here she writes about her internship at Milgard Child Development Center, a daycare located on the Pierce College campus. Internships are one of the ways that Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) participants are able to practice what they’ve used in the classroom … Continue reading