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IEW Highlight on Community Colleges

Below are terrific examples of how community colleges contribute to informed citizenship, the pursuit of intercultural understanding, enhanced diversity, increased prosperity, and most importantly, student and individual preparedness in an increasingly interdependent global economy. See the AACC-ACCT Joint Statement about the importance of international education. We encourage community colleges to send us additional information to be considered for posting on this webpage. Submit a paragraph (3-4 sentences) to, with the subject line "IEW 2013 Submission."

Notable Programs

AACC International Initiatives promote partnerships between U.S. community colleges and institutions around the world to support the exchange of best practices, enhance mutual understanding between cultures, and expand opportunities for students to gain global competence and skills for the 21st Century. Learn more

National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is a growing and committed group of business and industry, education and government partners engaged in the search for meaningful solutions to America's burgeoning skills gap. NC3 emphasizes learning that works to increase the competencies of the American workforce in three key sectors of the economy: transportation, energy and aviation. the Chair of the organization is Lee Lambert, AACC Board Member and Chancellor of Pima Community College. Learn more

Innovative Community College Study Abroad Programs are highlighted each year by the Institute of International Education (IIE) during their Best Practices Conference and the Andrew Heiskell Award Competition. Learn more

The Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA)-U.S. Community College Initiative is providing solutions and opportunities for change through collaborative partnerships that are improving local workforce skills, increasing entrepreneurship opportunities, and bridging the gap between the classroom and emplyment in six countries in the BMENA region. Learn more

Higher Education for Development (HED) Projects are funded primarily by the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). HED highlights the work of its community college partnerships through press releases, partnership profiles and other media. Learn more

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides a quality academic program at U.S. community colleges intended to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities. CCI is currently administered by a community college consortium led by Northern Virgina Community College (NOVA). Learn more

*For additional information on noteworthy international programs at U.S. community colleges, visit AACC's Community College Times website

Notable Staff and Faculty


Miami Dade College (CA) Legal Studies Professor Dr. J. Danixia Cuevas has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru scholar grant, part of the Fulbright Scholar Program’s U.S.-India Initiative, to lecture at the National Law University in New Delhi, India, during the 2013-14 academic year.)


Outstanding Alumni

  • Ambassador James Engle, a recipient of the 2012 AACC Outstanding Alumni Award, was the first Rhodes Scholar also to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. He lived and worked in over 18 countries and participated in many of the seminal events of the 20th century. Learn more.
  • Virginia Lipke, a recipient of the 2012 AACC Outstanding Alumni Award, has been honored for her work with the CDC’s Global AIDS Program, one of the world’s most advanced HIV/AIDS prevention programs. In her work, Lipke brings her health-care expertise to some of the remotest regions in the world. She also develops strategies and guidance for infection control in areas with few resources and, in doing so, has helped to set the standard for HIV/AIDS and TB patient care throughout the world. She also works with several international agencies, including the World Health Organization. Learn more.
  • Awilda R. Marquez, recipient of the 2000 AACC Outstanding Alumni Award, caught the desire to travel early in her academic career. Upon her return to the U.S., she caught the attention of the White House during President Clinton's administration. As Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, Marquez was responsible for managing a network of 100 domestic export assistance centers and over 140 commercial service offices in 70 countries abroad. "Because our economy right now is global, it is imperative for students at all levels to understand the international dynamics, the variety of cultures outside our borders, and the challenge of communicating with other cultures," says Marquez, who speaks French, Spanish and Bengali. "I believe every student should take an opportunity to visit and travel abroad. It changes your perspective instantly and forever." Learn more.

  • Rose Marie Battisti, the 1999 recipient of AACC's Outstanding Alumni Award, formed Asian Children Services In 1997 to carry out humanitarian projects in Vietnam. She is a representative of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation and regularly commutes from her home in Little Falls, NY to Hanoi, and she serves on the boards of several service organizations. Battisti is the mother of eight children, four biological and four adopted, and a proud grandmother of two. She is an alumna of Herkimer County Community College, NY. Learn more.

  • Curtis J. Nelson was inspired locally by his alma matter, Riverland Community College (MN), to become an internationally recognized expert on plant physiology. He has traveled the world (Europe, Tunisia, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico, India, Kenya, North and South Korea) consulting on high-tech agriculture projects. Learn more

For more information on community college alumni, visit AACC's Notable Alumni Awards webpage.

IEW 2013 Activities

Richland College (TX). Russian students visiting from Saratov State University gave a presentation on “Life in Russia” at Richland College in Dallas, Texas, on Nov 13. The relationship between Richland and Saratov began in 2009 when Richland administrators (Fred Newbury, Martha Hogan, Mary Darin, Susan Barkley, M.T. Hickman and Jeana Remington) visited Saratov State University in Russia during a Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar. Since then, the two institutions have collaborated on virtual courses, student exchanges, and faculty exchanges through the Fulbright Scholars program. Richland College will also celebrate International Education Week with an open house in its Multicultural Center on Nov 21.



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