Programme specialisation in the United States of America

Thousands of applications were received and only seven were selected from Africa, including Ms Simnikiwe Ngcawa, the only TVET college representative to participate in the Community College Initiative Programme 2019–2020.

Specialisation in USA SNSimnikiwe will be spending her 25th birthday as a Northampton College student in Pennsylvania, USA, refining her technical skills in Business Management and Administration: Banking and Finance.

Sponsored by the US State Department, the Community College Initiative (CCI) Programme provides opportunities for individuals from other countries to develop leadership capabilities, professional skills and English language proficiency while studying at a community college in the United States.

Simnikiwe Ngcawa completed a National Certificate (Vocational): Finance, Economics and Accounting Level 4 and Accounting Technician AS(SA) Level 4 in December 2018. She achieved 17 distinctions out of 21 subjects completed for the NC(V) programme. Her growing interest in Banking and Accounts led her to complete an application to the CCI programme, encouraged by the support of her lecturers and peers.

“What better way is there to improve your chances of employment than gaining more knowledge and skills from another institution in another country?” says Simnikiwe.
An active college student, her participation in campus activations from the SRC, MOT and community outreach programmes contributed to her successful study application.

At a farewell event, Ms Charlene Matthews, False Bay TVET College Fish Hoek Campus Manager said, “Simnikiwe is a dedicated, hardworking student who is a role model to other students at the College. She has proved that her circumstances do not define who she becomes. She will not let her background determine or stifle her future endeavours. We are very proud of her and we have faith that she will keep the False Bay TVET College flag flying high.”

CCI Programme participants are recruited from historically under-represented and under-served communities. After completing the programme, participants return with new skills and expertise to contribute to the economic growth and development of their countries.
Participants study in one of the following eligible fields: agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration, early childhood education, information technology, media, public safety, and tourism and hospitality management.

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Executive members Ms Christiana Nel and Ms Karin Hendricks stand with Ms Simnikiwe Ngcawa and Ms Charlene Matthews at the False Bay TVET College Fish Hoek Campus.