In 1985, several California community colleges joined together and formed a non-profit, educational consortium, California Colleges for International Education (CCIE). CCIE is dedicated to the ideal of increasing international understanding through education. The goals of the association are to:

  1. encourage development of an international perspective in community college classrooms;
  2. increase awareness of and encouragement in international development through technical education;
  3. promote opportunities for sharing of international/intercultural expertise;
  4. form liaisons between national organizations and consortia involved in international and intercultural education activities;
  5. provide an international and intercultural education resource body to the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges.

International/intercultural education encourages the development of new perspectives by student, faculty, and staff in community college classrooms through an internationalized curriculum and multicultural/ international student body, and throughout the total college environment. Such education includes, but is not limited to: Faculty Exchange Programs; International Business and Trade; Internationalizing Curriculum; International Development and International Distance Learning; Study Abroad and International Student Programs.

In the State of California, there are 111 community colleges. In the 2010-2011 academic year, eighty-four California community colleges were CCIE members. Due to a continued state budget crisis, CCIE has allowed long-time members, who are unable to pay their dues, to remain as affiliate members. All member colleges participate in and/or are planning to participate in one or more international education programs. Some programs highlight classroom instruction, others emphasize off-campus programs, while still others employ a combination of different types of pedagogy. CCIE promotes colleges in their efforts to weave international perspectives into the curricula and their college environments. The goal is to ensure that students have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to compete in an international marketplace and as citizens of the world.

“A primary mission of the California Community Colleges is to advance California's economic growth and global competencies through education, training, and services ..." -California Education Code Sec. 66010.4.3

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