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Community College Initiative (CCI) Program

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program is a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program that provides participants from underserved areas and underrepresented groups with a one-year, non-degree academic program at a U.S. community college. The program is designed to build participants’ technical skills in applied fields, enhance their leadership capabilities, and strengthen their English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and cultural exchange through community engagement activities.

CCI participants contribute to their host communities by helping U.S. community colleges internationalize their campuses. After completing the program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and new skills to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries.


2020/2021 College of DuPage CCI Cohort

  • Mounika Behara, India
  • Santi Edo, Indonesia
  • Mathe "Stephanie" Gnango, Cote d'Ivoire
  • Mariama Karim, Ghana
  • Emmanuel Ntefuni, Ghana
  • Maria Nuhu, Ghana
  • Santiago Ortiz Franco, Colombia
  • Muhammad Putra, Indonesia
  • Alejandro Ramirez Moncada, Colombia
  • Mahdi Saragih, Indonesia
  • Mmaphefo Seseni, South Africa
  • Bonisiwe Sithole, South Africa
  • Joao Sousa Caetano, Brazil
  • Mulanga Thovhakale, South Africa


The CCI Program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College in cooperation with the Community College Consortium, of which College of DuPage is partner institution. To learn more, visit

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Contact information

Kayla Chepyator
CCI Program Coordinator
College of DuPage
Phone (630) 942-2564
FAX (630) 942-2323