The Humphrey Fellowship Program’s Community College Residency Program (CCRP) exposes Fellows to the U.S. community college system, enables community college faculty and students to benefit from the Fellows’ global perspectives, and deepens Fellows’ knowledge and understanding about 21st century workforce development trends.
Annually, the program provides approximately 30 Humphrey Fellows with a one-week reciprocal learning experience at a U.S. community college. Fellows are matched with a community college based on mutual needs and interests within a field of study and participate in community events, meet their American counterparts in the technical and vocational sector, and collaborate on joint projects to tackle global, regional, and local issues.
The Humphrey Fellowship Program partners with the Community College Consortium (CCC) at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to implement this program. All U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate.
This visit gave me the opportunity to engage with students, faculty, and staff and share about Africa especially business practices in Togo, challenges faced by women who want to start their business, my role as a small business owner, helping new agribusinesses to succeed and how I help women entrepreneurs go from idea creation to setting up a profitable business model.
Afiavi Caca (Calista) Akibode
2021-22 Cornell University Fellow
She met with members of Kirkwood Women Connect to share some of the challenges she has faced and learn from the successes of women leaders in the Kirkwood community. Ms. Akibode’s visit to Kirkwood inspired greater connection and collaboration between our community and the women in Togo, challenging all to find ways to learn from each other.