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 Grant Expands College Consortium that Hosts Foreign Students 

From the Community College Times

Abdul Qayyum, 32, of Pakistan, spent a year at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), earning two certificates—in project management and nonprofit leadership and administration—as well as volunteering in the community, learning about American culture and acquiring workforce skills that will be useful back home.

More foreign students will have opportunities like that, thanks to a $6.8-million grant awarded to NVCC by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to expand the work of the Community College Consortium (CCC), which has been providing educational and cultural experiences to international students since 2009. Led by NVCC, the CCC includes Miami Dade College (Florida), Houston Community College (Texas), City College of San Francisco (California), Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona) and the College of DuPage (Illinois). The new grant funding will allow Bunker Hill Community College (Massachusetts) to join the consortium.

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