International Students Complete Programs

International students receive certificates

Mia Rossi,

This year, on May 10, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program held their Certificate Ceremony in Cohen Lounge at Northampton Community College's (NCC) Bethlehem Campus.

The 2018-2019 cohort of CCI participants at NCC represented nine countries. They spent their time at NCC developing their workforce, academic and leadership skills as well as an understanding of United States culture. They contributed 1,032 volunteer hours and 929 internship hours to the community. Participants for the CCI program are below.


Mpho Tsiu, South Africa (accounting)

Glorya Anastacya Mustamu, Indonesia (early childhood education)

Sabiha Tabassum Prema, Bangladesh (hospitality and hotel management)

Fatih Ince, Turkey (electronics technology)

Selcuk Genc, Turkey (electronics technology)

Mohd Furqan, India (HVAC/R)

Jonathan Alexander Gomez Vargas, Colombia (HVAC/R)

Moses Okoth Otieno, Kenya (automotive technology)

Joan Elorm Avornu, Ghana (computer information systems)

Meherun Khatun, India (computer information systems)


“The impact that CCI has had here is jump starting a movement at this college to become increasingly engaged in the world,” said Dr. Mark Erickson, NCC president.


Also recognized at the ceremony were the two distinct U.S. Department of State exchange programs through IREX and Year Program. IREX is a nonprofit organization which helps to build the workforce capacity of a diverse group of Tunisia technical institute students through The Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program and the Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program. The “Year of Exchange in America for Russians” under the Year Program provides outstanding Russian students an opportunity to study for one year at U.S. higher education institutions. The students help to exchange information about their culture and learn about American culture. Participants for both programs are below.


Year of Exchange in America for Russians:


Karina Vakhitova, journalism

Evgenia Murzaeva, computer information technology


The Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program and The Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program:

Safa Daldoul, Sahar Jazi, Bahaeddine Ferchichi, Seddik Ben Lamine, computer information technology students