After seven successful and enriching years, the NWCCI is starting our first August without a cohort of new students. We did not receive program funding for the 2016-17 school year and as a result, we will not be hosting NWCCI students.
Since its inception in 2009, this program received over $14 million in funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and 325 students were hosted at four Washington State community colleges. These students participated in a rigorous cultural exchange and professional development program. They completed thousands of hours of volunteer service, used what they learned in the classroom to contribute to local businesses through professional internships, and regularly taught community members about the countries they call home in formal presentations. The presence of NWCCI students on our campus created numerous opportunities for people to people cultural exchange and will be greatly missed.
We want to thank all of the people who made the NWCCI program the great success that it was! The program was made possible through support of our volunteer friendship families, campus communities, talented college faculty members, international student offices, business offices, internship providers, the local businesses who opened your doors to share what you do with our students, and the schools and classrooms all over the region who invited us to speak with your students.
Over the years many talented individuals worked directly for the NWCCI program and provided students with top of the line support during their time in the United States. We could never say thank you enough to the advisors and coordinators who helped students make the most of their time in the United States.
And no list of thanks would be complete without thanking the student participants of the program. Our world is a better place because you were brave enough to leave your homes to join a new community in Washington State!
Edmonds Community College will continue our relationship with the Community College Initiative program in 2016-17 by hosting a cohort of 12 students from Yemen as part of the Community College Consortium (CCC). And the NWCCI program will continue to serve our 325 program alumni and will still use this blog as a place to highlight successful alumni stories. We are excited to share the ways the NWCCI program continues to change the lives of the people who participated in it and to continue our culture sharing project in virtual spaces!
The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The opinions expressed in this blog by writers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Northwest Community College Initiative program, Edmonds Community College, Whatcom Community College, Pierce College, the United States Department of State or any employee thereof. NWCCI and Edmonds Community College are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied by the students or bloggers.