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
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.