Young Pakistani professionals to study at US Community Colleges

ISLAMABAD— Thirty young Pakistani professionals attended a pre-departure orientation on Wednesday in preparation for a year of study at U.S. community colleges through the U.S. government-funded Community College Initiative Program (CCIP).
“Through CCIP, young professionals have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, technical proficiency in their field of study, and English-language proficiency,” said U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Dr. Daniel S. Mattern.
“Pakistani participants also share information about their home country and culture with their American classmates and teachers throughout the program,” he said.
CCIP, which is managed by the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan, allows participants to earn professional certificates in Business Administration, Agriculture, Media, Applied Engineering, Public Safety, Tourism and Hospitality Management, or Early Childhood Education.
The 30 participants, who include 13 women, come from all regions of Pakistan including Balochistan, Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit/Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh.
“CCIP program participants return home with new skills and confidence needed to make important contributions to the development of Pakistan. USEFP is proud to have role in making this possible,” said USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar.
More than 400 Pakistanis have participated in CCIP to date, and approximately 1,000 Pakistanis travel to the United States each year on U.S. government-funded educational and professional exchanges.—DNA

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