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CCI students learn softball

By Ziadah Ziad
On October 23, 2015

Fayaz Ahmed, Kirkwood Community College CCI student from Pakiston, catches a softball thrown by KCC freshman softball player Lexi Kinnaird. Photo by Ziadah Ziad.

International students who are part of the Community College Initiative (CCI) program are given more than just the opportunity to study their academic fields at Kirkwood Community College. 

For example, students participate in the Culture Society Institution class, which allows them to learn more about American culture. CCI students have visited various historical sites around Iowa, such as the Old Capitol, the Mississippi River Museum and well-known parks. 

In the classroom, CCI students have been learning about cultural adjustments, cross-culture communication and the U.S. Constitution. 

Jane Ann Rix, CCI program coordinator, recently brought nine CCI students, along with exchange students from Denmark, to the Kirkwood softball field to learn more about American sports. 

Each CCI student was given a chance to try various positions on the team, switching from batting to running to catching. 

“One of my favorite parts was being the batter. My hands are still trembling. I never thought that I could hit the ball that hard,” said Nagina Kulsum, CCI student from Pakistan, after hitting a ball thrown by Katie Bertlesen, assistant coach of the Kirkwood women’s softball team. 

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