CCIE Newsletter
Vol. 5, no. 7 March 2007

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In This Issue:

CCIE ACTIVITIES, MEETING & OTHER IMPORTANT DATES INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION - GENERAL INFORMATION INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CORNER COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS General CCIE Information
CCIE DUES FOR 2006-2007

CCIE wants to remind all our members that it is important to pay your 2006-2007 dues promptly. It is critical that every member be current with their dues in order for CCIE to continue to support activities such as the Newsletter, Web-Page, Workshops, and Student Scholarships and Faculty Grants. If your college has not already paid their dues, please make sure that the paperwork is being processed. CCIE gives each of you our sincere thanks for your continued support for CCIE.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBER COLLEGES

CCIE would like to welcome two new member colleges. That you all for supporting CCIE and showing through your membership the importance of international education for our California community colleges.
New Members: Allan Hancock College and Copper Mountain College

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POCCSA GRANT UPDATES

CCIE was awarded an IFSA Foundation Grant to help further access to community college study abroad semester-length programs in California. The three-year grant, Providing Opportunities to Community College Study Abroad (POCCSA) includes three components:

  1. institutional seed-money to create new semester-length study abroad programs;
  2. student scholarships to study abroad;
  3. Dissemination of Standards of Best Practices

  • Institutional Grants: Each year, CCIE will host two competitions for Institutional Grants. During each cycle a total of 1-3 grants will be awarded. For criteria and application, please visit the CCIE webpage at www.ccieworld.org. Only CCIE member colleges who are current with their dues will be eligible to participate in either competition.
  • GRANTING CYCLE (2007) Semester to Offer Program
  • Spring 2007 (Duedate late February, 2007) Spring 2008 or Fall 2008
  • Fall 2007 (Duedate late September, 2007) Fall 2008 or Spring 2009

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POCCSA Student Scholarships Announced

CCIE is please to announce the recipients of the 1 st POCCSA Student Scholarship Competition. A total of 14 applications were received. The following students were awarded scholarships ranging from $ 250 to $ 1,100. Congratulations to all students.

  • Reginal Jarmillo. San Diego City College. Program in Florence
  • Courtney Gregg. DeAnza College. Program in London
  • Leslie Perea. San Diego City College. Program in Florence
  • Paul S. Wong. San Diego City College. Program in Florence
  • Tara Williams. Santa Rosa College. Program in Spain.
  • Jasmine Reichardt. Lake Tahoe College. Program in London
  • Nellie Whitlock. Santa Rosa College. Program in Spain
  • Jessica Stephens. Santa Rosa College. Program in London

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LOOKING FOR FACULTY TO WORK ON THE ScholarShip

The Scholar Ship is an academic program for undergraduate and post-graduate students aboard a dedicated passenger ship that traverses the globe as an oceangoing campus. Students and staff from around the world together form a transnational learning community designed to enhance their personal and professional development. The Scholar Ship embarks on this semester-long journey (16 weeks) around the world twice each year, commencing in September 2007 and each January and September thereafter. There are over 80 four month in duration professional development opportunities available for qualified individuals for each voyage. These include academic teaching staff, Intercultural Resident Counselors and other supervisory, academic support, administrative leadership and mental health counseling staff. CCIE Faculty and Staff are invited to find out more about our program and/or to apply for positions, please visit our website at www.TheScholarShip.com or contact Alfred Flores, Director, Transnational Onboard Life aflores@theScholarShip.com Positions include, meals and lodging on a modern cruise vessel along with a stipend and travel budget. This is a perfect opportunity for your sabbatical.

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THE SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCES STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

The ScholarShip is an academic program for undergraduate and post-graduate students aboard a dedicated passenger ship that traverses the globe as an oceangoing campus. Students and staff from around the world together form a transnational learning community designed to enhance their personal and professional development. Students take a full academic load as well as an emphasis on intercultural education. One-third of the students will be from the United States while the remaining will be from countries around the world. The ScholarShip has given CCIE students the opportunity to participate in this unique program. Not only will some spaces be reserved for CCIE member college students, but scholarship opportunities of up to $ 10,000 will be awarded as well. For additional information visit www.TheScholarShip.com or contact Rosalind at rabyrl@aol.com for scholarship information.

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ISIC CARD ORDER FORM ON CCIE WEB-PAGE

CCIE is pleased to announce a direct link on our web-page to have your students or faculty order a STA Travel ISIC card with the CCIE stamp.

  • Income generated from the purchase of the cards will go directly into a STA Travel / CCIE Scholarship fund. CCIE member colleges whose students participate in this program will have 1st right to these funds.
  • The 1st ISIC Card / CCIE Student Scholarship for students studying on Summer Programs will be held this Spring
  • If you are going to have your students order an ISIC card, please make sure it is one with the CCIE stamp so that we can add to our scholarship fund.
Please direct your students and faculty to the CCIE web-page under Study Abroad to order their ISIC cards.

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CCIE CHALLENGE - CREATE POSTER AND WIN !

CCIE, in collaboration with the PLATO project, which is administered by Gary Rhodes and the Center for Global Education is happy to announce a Competition for the best “Poster” that will help conduct outreach to diverse California community college students. $ 150 prize will be awarded to the best poster received. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to submit a design for a poster that will be used to promote Study Abroad at all of the California Community Colleges. Deadline for Submission is November 15. Please send all submissions to Gary Rhodes at grhodes@lmu.edu

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ACADEMY FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AED FELLOW OPPORTUNITY FOR CCIE STUDENTS

CCIE member college students have a rare opportunity to participate in the Academy for Educational Development (AED) summer and fall programs through it's Fellows Program with a deadline of March 31. This is an education abroad program for students who are interested in gaining work experience on an established development assistance project. This is the first time these programs have been opened to community college students.

The primary objective of the AED Development Fellows Program is to increase the ability of participating students to engage globally through strengthening their cross-cultural and foreign language skills and to nurture the next generation of development leaders by enabling accomplished students of diverse backgrounds to gain overseas development work experience. This fee-based program is an unpaid, work experience-based opportunity, and is best-suited for independent, mature students.

For the first time, placements will be available for community college students in:

Botswana, India, and Morocco. Those who have language skills, prior educational training, and/or work experience may also qualify for selected programs in Armenia. Other countries may be available if students can show prior work experience and/or language skills.

Participants will be self-financed and will usually be responsible for their own local board and room, as well as securing their own travel arrangements. There is a program fee, based on the length of a specific placement. Summer-length placements have a fee of $1,500; semester placements are $2,500. AED will require that students purchase insurance as well. A copy of the application form and background information is available on the AED website http://www.cap-aed.org/index.php?id=150

For more information about this program, please contact Carl A. Herrin Director, Education Abroad Initiative at devfellows@aed.org

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MBITA GLOBAL CALIFORNIA - CONFERENCE

The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA), TradePort and CalTradeReport announce the 4th Annual Conference: Global California - Challenges and Solutions on March 16 in Sacramento. This conference will bring together small to mid-size business, trade, and financial service organizations in both public and private sectors with trade experts from across the state to dialog on the current issues and opportunities facing California’s global trade community. For registration go to www.mbita.org

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United States Institute of Peace Summer Institute

U.S. Institute of Peace is accepting applications for its summer seminar for community college faculty and administrators, Global Peace and Security in Community Colleges and the Communities They Serve, May 29-June 3, 2007 in Washington, DC. The seminar will give participants the opportunity to carefully examine the nature of international peace and security and how community colleges can relate this to their students and local communities. Presenters will include leading authorities on global peace and conflict, as well as from the field of community college education. The application process is competitive. The Institute will cover the costs of lodging, and contribute to travel and incidental expenses. Community college faculty and administrators from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds are urged to apply. The application can be found at www.usip.org/ed/seminars/ccfs07.html. Deadline for applications is March 16, 2007.Contact David Smith, Senior Program Officer, Education, at dsmith@usip.org for more information

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CIEE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SEMINARS AND PING FELLOWSHIPS

CIEE International Seminars are intensive educational experiences that feature site visits, lectures, and discussions with overseas academics and colleagues. These seminars are open to all post-secondary faculty, administrators, and staff. Particular attention is being given to those from community colleges. Participants return to campus poised to incorporate an international dimension into administration, course design, research and teaching. 96% of attendees polled indicated that the seminar had a significant impact on his/her professional life. Visit www.ciee.org/IFDS.aspx for applications.
The Ping Fellowships provide assistance to faculty, administrators, and staff to participate on IFDS programs. Special consideration is being given to those from community colleges. Awards are in the amount of $1500 and are applied toward the applicant's program fee. Fellowship Application Deadline is January 15, 2007. For an application visit: http://www.ciee.org/IFDS/seminar_details/ping_fellowships.aspx
SUMMER SEMINAR LIST
Ghana Today: Challenges of a Developing Nation 0 6-17-27
Crossing Borders: Culture, Migration and Identity in Senegal + Cape Verde : 6/3 - 6/14
Building a Multiracial, Multicultural society in South Africa: 6/3-6/13
Civil Society, Politics, and Religion in Turkey: 6/19 - 6/30
Uganda : Interdisciplinary Approaches to Public Health: 7/16 - 7/26
Post-war development and reconciliation in Cambodia and Vietnam: 7/1-7/13
China 's Silk Road: 6/13 - 6/26
Exploring China's Southwest: Culture, Society and Ethnicity on the Frontier: 6/13 - 6/25
Cybercities: Exploring the New Business Economies of South India: 6/1- 6/12
Gender and Developing in India : 7/8 - 8/21
Contemporary and Popular Japanese Cultures and Societies: 6/23 - 7/1
Understanding Contemporary Korea: 7/8 - 7/15
International Institutions and the Challenge of Globalization: 6/3 - 6/11
London as text: Art, Theatre and Cultural Identity: 6/11 - 18
Muslim Communities in Contemporary Europe: France & the Netherlands: 6/4 - 14
Transylvania ; at the crossroads of peoples and cultures: 6/11-21
The Celtic Tiger: Reality or Myth: 7/1-7
Reassessing Past and Contemporary Italy : 6/4-11
Eastern Europe and EU Expansion: Dividing line to west or new frontier to east: Poland and Ukraine: 6/9-18
Global Tourism and Sustainability: Spain : 6/21-28
Exploring the coexistence and challenges of neighboring cultures: Spain & Morocco - 5/28-6/8
Changing Social Face fo Brazil - 5/25 - 6/3
Economic Reform, Regional Integration and Democratization: Chile & Argentina - 6/5-14
Development, democracy and human rights in Costa Rica - 7/16-24
Cauldron Caliente - multiple perspectives on racial identity and social privilege - Dominican republic - 5/29 - 6/5
Revolution and neoliberal reform in Nicaragua - 7/3-10

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CRITICAL NEED LANGUAGE SUPPLEMENT

During the 2007-2008 academic year 25 recipients will be eligible to receive a $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Critical Need Languages include:

  • Arabic (all dialects)
  • Chinese (all dialects)
  • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki)
  • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
  • Korean
  • Russian
For more information on the Critical Need Language Supplement click here or visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman.

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AACC AND IIE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RECRUITMENT SEMINAR

AACC and Institute of International Education will be offering a Community College Seminar: “Recruiting International Students: What Works Best!”. March 29 in New York City. The seminar will emphasize best practices for recruiting, the role of IIE Open Doors and how to use Open Doors to support your programs and tips for successful results. For information: http://www.iienetwork.org/?p=IIE_AACC_2007

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VISA PROCESSING: A MESSAGE FROM MAURA HARTY

A Message from Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs,
regarding Improvements to U.S. Visa Processing
January 29, 2007

The United States is one of the most open and engaged societies on Earth, maintaining vibrant family, commercial and educational links with peoples and countries across the globe. As a leader in the travel industry, you fully appreciate the national economic impact of international visitors. Foreign travelers contribute almost $105 billion annually to the American economy; international students account for an additional $13 billion. Important as that is, the economic impact is only part of the story. Visitors' positive experiences in the United States indelibly shape their opinions and understanding of our nation and our people. The purpose of this letter is to describe steps we are taking to ensure that our national "welcome" to qualified visitors begins with their application for a U.S. visa, by providing efficient, professional and dignified service to every applicant. We have worked tirelessly over the past five years to improve the transparency, efficiency and predictability of the U.S. visa process. This has been a real challenge, for our staff and for the traveling public, as necessary legal and procedural changes to the visa process have been introduced continuously throughout this period. Our task is to vigilantly protect U.S. border security and at the same time to maintain America's openness to legitimate travelers - a policy we call "Secure Borders, Open Doors." Working closely with the international business and travel community, academic groups, and other stakeholders, we have introduced features designed to streamline visa processing. Recent improvements include: - An electronic visa application form, which reduces errors, eliminates duplicative data-entry, and so increases the number of applicants each office can interview daily;- All consular offices post their visa appointment wait times on-line, so travelers can plan accordingly; - We give scheduling and processing priority to students and urgent business travelers; - We have added 570 consular positions worldwide, and are transferring some positions to ensure that workloads are evenly distributed; - We are making significant investment in technology to speed processing and improve data sharing with other government agencies. I am pleased to say that these efforts have produced results. In Fiscal Year 2006, overall nonimmigrant visa issuance rose 8% over the previous year. Business/tourist visa issuance rose 12% worldwide, and student visa issuances were up 14%. Processing delays have been cut dramatically: 98% of qualified visa applicants are approved within two days of their visa interview. We have "turned the corner" and will continue our efforts in this positive direction. Meanwhile, visa demand is surging, especially in key emerging travel markets such as China, India and Brazil. Adding more staff and more resources are part of the answer; we are also piloting creative new approaches, leveraging technology and proven best business practices, to meet this challenge. Over the next two years we plan to introduce a variety of enhancements, including: - A start-to-finish all-electronic visa process; - A centralized visa appointment management system that will ensure that over 90% of requests for visa appointments can be handled within 30 business days; - Technological innovations including remote data collection and interview via digital videoconference. As we implement our plans, we genuinely welcome suggestions and comments from private sector stakeholders. At the same time, we depend on you and others in the private sector to help spread the word that the U.S. welcomes international visitors and that the visa application process is not a daunting ordeal, as it is sometimes still depicted in the press. News media are quick to report negative stories - many of which recycle complaints about problems that have long since been addressed and solved, or describe increasingly rare instances of long waits for visa approval. We believe our efforts are striking the right balance between security and openness. The Bureau of Consular Affairs is committed to working with the international business and travel community to maintain and enhance our welcome to legitimate travelers. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Sincerely, Maura Harty Assistant Secretary Bureau for Consular Affairs Department of State, Washington, DC

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COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS

NCAGE April Meeting to Outline a Common Global Studies Course

NCAGE will host a meeting in April to outline a common Global Studies course that can be used at all CCs and will transfer to CSUs and Ucs. The initiative to have a common course is being led by Joan Powers, Mission College. Course outlines from various UC, CSU and Private Universities have been compiled. Any community college that has a similar course is encouraged to send their outlines to Rosalind at rabyrl@aol.com prior to this meeting. Additional information will be forthcoming.

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General CCIE Information

International Business Student Exchange program with Ecole des Sciences et Techniques Commerciales in Marseille, France

ESTC is a fully accredited higher education school of business located in the French Mediterranean city of Marseille.  They offer International Business courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree levels, as well as paid internships in local companies.  ESTC is a certified testing center for the TOEIC and TFI (Test de Francais International).  CCIE Member colleges have an unique opportunity to work directly with ESTC in broadening their international business certificate and degree programs.  If your college is interested in establishing an exchange program with ESTC, please contact Parma O’Bar, International Program Coordinator at parmaobar@estc.fr 

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CCIE COLLEGE SPOTLIGHTS

Spotlights on CCIE member colleges will be provided in future Updates. Please send any information that you would like to share about your college, including information on any international guests who have recently visited your college, and related international educational activities to Rosalind. In addition, if any of your students or faculty have received international related scholarships or grants, please share that with CCIE so that we can publicly congratulate your students.

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UPDATE YOUR COLLEGES’ INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS ON CCIEWORLD.ORG

Please review the CCIE web-site to make sure that you college is accurately listed. The CCIE web-site includes information on all programs related to international education and highlights awards, grants, and other information to showcase your college. Please send any updates to Rosalind at rabyrl@aol.com

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UPCOMING EVENTS

October 5-7: CCIE CONFERENCE at the Fremont Marriott Hotel October 12: FACCC Annual Conference: Wilshire Grant Hotel, L.A. November 1-3: NAFSA Region XII Conference: Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas November 1-3: ACIIE Fall Conference - Washington DC November 16: CCIE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING AT THE CCLC CONFERENCE: Costa Mesa Hilton     8:30 - 9:30 CCIE Annual Business Meeting (everyone is welcome to attend)     9:30- 12:00 POCCSA Grant Recipients Share Best Practices March 1-3, Forum Conference “Standards in a Diverse World: The future of Education Abroad” http://Www.ciee.orgAustin Marriott at the Capitol February 18-22, 2007: AIEA Conference “The Global University: Challenges and Opportunities” Washington D.C. February 22-24, 2007: Association of Academic Programs in Latin American and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) Conference: New Haven, Connecticut. www.aaplac.org

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BENEFITS OF COLLEGE & DISTRICT CCIE MEMBERSHIP

Members of full status are entitled to:

a) ability to vote in all elections and to enjoy other rights and privileges accord to all members; b) access of CCIE Website and inclusion of college / institution in Website; c) access to a collaborative network of community colleges who are devoted to international / intercultural education; d) access to CCIE thematic workshops at reduced rates (TBA); e) access to the CCIE International Negations Modules Project (INMP); f) access to technical assistance team on global competence and its development on community college campuses; g) eligibility for CCIE faculty and staff grants; h) eligibility for CCIE student scholarships; I) eligibility for officer positions; j) inclusion in CCIE annual reports that documents the individual activities of member colleges and which is shared with colleges and organizations throughout the state and nationally; k) inclusion of College in CCIE list-serve; l) participate in the annual business meeting; m) receipt of CCIE on-line monthly newsletter; n) receipt of the CCIE quarterly Directory of Study Abroad Programs; o) receipt to reports and publications prepared by CCIE experts; p) reduced CCIE conference fees.

 
Please Support CCIE With Your Active Participation!