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Former Tompkins Cortland Student Honored by U.S. Embassy

October 7, 2011

Former Tompkins Cortland Community College student Beenish Javed has been honored by the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Embassy recognized the achievement of ten alumni of U.S.-funded exchange programs at a "Leaders of Tomorrow" event recently at the National Library of Pakistan.

Javed was a student at the College from August 2008 through July 2009 as part of the Community Colleges Initiatives Program, a collaboration with the Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, and Community College for International Development, which Tompkins Cortland has a long-standing relationship. The students were selected to participate by the Fulbright Commission.

The program includes a cultural exchange, where students are required to discuss their native countries with local students and community members in an effort to help educate people about their respective homelands. While Javed came to Tompkins Cortland to study business administration, these cultural exchanges helped her change her career focus. After dressing in native attire and visiting various community members at a variety of locations to tell the story of her country, she decided she wanted to become a journalist. She completed a brief internship prior to returning to Pakistan, helping her get a start in television broadcasting in her homeland. She is now a respected professional member of the broadcast media.

The College was part of the Community College Initiative Program from 2008-10. During those two years, 33 students from eight countries studied at Tompkins Cortland.

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