14 students from across the globe are now studying at Sinclair Community College thanks to grant funding from the U.S. State Department’s “Community College Initiative” (CCI) Program. Sinclair was selected for this highly coveted program in June with the award of a $193,000 grant. The funding pays for the students’ tuition, housing, living expenses, and supports a full-time program coordinator at Sinclair.
The 14 students will spend their academic year at Sinclair College completing short term certificate programs, participating in work-based learning opportunities, and completing service-learning projects.
The CCI Program provides opportunities for individuals from underserved areas and underrepresented groups to develop leadership capabilities, professional skills, and English language proficiency, while studying at a community college in the United States.
“Sinclair College is honored to be selected as a host site for this prestigious program,” said Deborah Gavlik, Director of International Education at Sinclair Community College. “Through the CCI program, many of these participants are receiving a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience exceptional academic opportunities at Sinclair College.”
Sinclair’s CCI participants come from Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast – West Africa), Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, South Africa, and Turkey. They are studying Agriculture, Business Administration, Engineering, Hospitality Management and Tourism, and Media/Communications.
Each year, approximately 500 international students attend Sinclair College.