United States Consulate General, with the support of the Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, on Wednesday announced the Community College Initiatives Programme. This programme offers youth from Andhra Pradesh, without a university background, the opportunity to study in a community college in the US to develop professional skills.
The US government will provide funding for round-trip airfare, tuition costs, health benefit plan and cultural enhancement activities for the one-year long programme. Eligible fields for the programme include agriculture, applied engineering, business management and administration; health professions, including nursing; information technology; media; and tourism and hospitality management. To apply, candidates must have completed secondary school education, have relevant work experience in the field in which they are applying, have English language skills that provide a basis for enrolling in academic course work following two months of intensive English language study in the US, and submit completed applications to the Public Affairs Section, US Consulate General – Hyderabad by December 4, 2009.