The Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) administers a Community College Initiative award utilizing funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to host young leaders from around the world.  Edmonds Community College, Whatcom Community College, and Pierce College have together hosted 310 students from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana,  India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa, Turkey and Yemen.

Our goal is to strengthen other societies by developing capable young professionals who will acquire technical and professional skills, leadership abilities, and an understanding of American society, democracy and culture. To achieve these objectives, three community colleges in Washington State host students and provide them with an academic certificate program and cultural  activities and workshops designed to introduce them to aspect of the cultures of the United States and to provide opportunities to share their culture with the college and local community.

This blog is a place to highlight student and alumni writing and achievements, and to acknowledge the contributions our friendship families, internship providers and other community partners bring to the program and students.  If you have a story to tell, let us know! To get in touch, please leave a comment or email NWCCI. [

Disclaimer: 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, or the United States Department of State or any employee thereof. NWCCI and Edmonds Community College are not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the student bloggers. Student bloggers and photographers have granted us permission to publish their articles and images but they remain the copyright holders.

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