CPCC student Jimmy Cabrera Selected to Participate in the Prestigious CBYX Program

CPCC student Jimmy Josh Cabrera of Charlotte, N.C., has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in

Jimmy Cabrera

Jimmy Cabrera

Germany. Cabrera is one of 75 American participants, from a pool of more than 600 applicants, to be chosen for the program.

“It is amazing that I’ve been chosen for this opportunity to expand my horizons both personally and professionally,” said Cabrera, who is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree and has studied the German language for two semesters at CPCC. “I have lived in Charlotte my entire life, so I am excited to visit Germany and learn from the German people. CBYX was designed to maintain good relations between our nations through ambassadorship; therefore, it is my honor to represent my home state of North Carolina, CPCC and the United States of America.”

While studying abroad in Germany during the 2016-2017 academic year, Cabrera will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field. These combined experiences will provide Cabrera with an opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.

Before being selected for the CBYX program, Cabrera was a graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Cato Middle College High School at CPCC’s Cato Campus, a dual-enrollment program that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn free college credit at CPCC; served as president of the college’s German Club; and participated in CPCC’s Go Global Club, an organization that encourages students to not only learn more about different cultures, but also participate in multi-cultural events.

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the CBYX program, financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act.

To qualify as a CBYX applicant, individuals must be a young adult in the business, technical, engineering, vocational or agricultural fields; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident between 18 and 24 years of age; and have clear career goals and experience in their professional field. To learn more about the CBYX program visit https://cbyx.info.

To learn more about CPCC’s German courses, click here. For information on the college’s study abroad program, visit www.cpcc.edu/study-abroad/programs.

CPCC Employees Participate on CBYX Interview Panel

On Feb. 14 and 15, CPCC once again hosted the annual North and South Carolina interviews for the CBYX scholarship program (Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange). The program seeks to give young American professionals the opportunity to experience

(l. to r.): Nadine Russell; Beth Uding, Project Manager CBYX; Pauline Schroeter, Visiting German Instructor from UNCC; and Daniela Weinert.

the academic, professional and everyday life of Germany.

Nadine Russell, director of Global Learning at CPCC, and Daniela Weinert, discipline chair for the German Language at CPCC, participated in the program’s nationwide interview process. The duo were among four panelists charged with interviewing 16 students from the Carolinas to determine who would be among the 75 students from the U.S. to study for one year in Germany through the CBYX program. The program offers a fully paid scholarship. German language students can apply for it every year.
Among the 16 students interviewed, two attended CPCC. The students will find out in March if they are selected to participate in the program.