The American Center at the US Embassy Dhaka on Wednesday announced the Community College Initiative (CCI) Programme for the academic year 2020-21.
The CCI Programme, sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), is a non-degree programme but students, including from Bangladesh, will earn credits for two semesters upon completion of the programme.
The deadline for submission of completed applications to the American Center is Thursday, said the US Embassy on Wednesday.
CCI provides participants from Bangladesh and other selected countries with opportunities to study at community colleges in the United States to build mutual understanding through a non-degree programme of academic, vocational, and cultural studies.
It is an intensive programme intended to provide student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.
The students who have completed their higher secondary education will spend one academic year in the United States enrolled full-time at an American community college.
The 2020-2021 programme provides academic instruction at community colleges throughout the US in the fields of applied engineering, agriculture, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media, public safety, and tourism and hospitality management.
In addition to receiving professional training, participants develop leadership skills, build English language proficiency, and learn about American society and culture, including community service and social responsibility.
After completing the programme, the participants will return to their home countries with new skills to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries.
The participants are expected to be highly motivated and exemplary students who have completed their HSC or A-levels.