Registration for 2019 Symposium Now Open!

Posted on September 16, 2019

Register now for the very special 2019 50th Anniversary Symposium, November 13 – 15, 2019 in Washington, DC!

To mark this milestone in the Consular Corps College’ history, we will open the Symposium with a 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala Wednesday night, November 13th, on Capitol Hill, featuring Senators John R. Thune (R-SD), Invited, and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) as speakers.  Guests will include Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Senior Members of the Department of State, Past and Present, Past CCC Deans, Symposium attendees and guests.

The Symposium agenda is packed with outstanding training sessions on a wide range of consular issues and topics.  Our one-day deep dive this year will be on Consular Promotion of Cultural, Educational, Scientific, and Technological Exchange.  Topics include:

How the Department of State Promotes Educational and Cultural Affairs
Ms. Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State, Invited

Understanding Customs Requirements and Procedures for Bringing In Goods, Materials, and Artifacts for Events
Mr. Cliff Seagroves, Acting Director, Office of Foreign Missions, US Department of State

The Secrets of Putting on Successful Cultural Events: Three Case Studies
HE Arikana Chihombori-Quao, Ambassador of the African Union
TH Kathleen Blakely, Honorary Consul General of Japan, Las Vegas, NV and CCC Chancellor
TH Marit Lee Kucera, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, Minneapolis, MN

How Do Industry Giants Identify and Support Innovative Ideas Globally, and How Can Consuls Integrate with Their Programs?
Mr. Nicholas Cosenza, Senior Manager, International Affairs, AMGEN
Ms. Ria Bailey, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google
Mr. Prosser Stirling, Senior Director, Global Development, Oracle

The Insider’s Guide to Arranging Scientific, Technological, and Educational Exchange Programs
TH Nurten Ural, Honorary Consul General of Turkey, Detroit, MI

Essential Exchange Resources and Scholarships: Connecting with Foundations, Exchange Programs, and Institutions
Dr. Peter Kilmarx, Deputy Director, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health
Ms. Sherry Keneson-Hall, Branch Chief, Fulbright Scholarship Board, US Department of State
TBD, Rockfeller Foundation

Welcome to the Bureau of Consular Affairs
Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Carl C. Risch

Visas for Cultural, Scientific, and Educational Exhanges
Mr. Ian Brownlee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, US Department of State, Invited

Change in Visa Status – When Exchange Program Participants Obtain Work in the United States
TBD, Policy Officer, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, US Department of Homeland Security
TBD, Program Officer, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, US Department of Homeland Security

The Sister Cities Program: Forging International Understanding Two Cities at a Time and How Consuls Can Collaborate
TH Sherman Banks, Honorary Consul of Ghana in the Arkansas Delta Region and CCC Chancellor

Estates with Foreign Heirs and Beneficiaries
Bruce Zagaris, Esq., Partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP

Handling the Unexpected – An Interactive Exchange
TH Theo Neilly, Consul General, Consulate General of The Bahamas, Washington, DC, Invited
TH Walter Hickel, Honorary Consul of Austria in Alaska, Invited

TH Cynthia Gutierrez, Honorary Consul of Brazil in South Texas and CCC Chancellor

Awarding of the Certificates in Consular Training

Vin d’Honneur

Click here to register today!

Exciting News!

Posted on September 12, 2019

Exciting news!  Our 50th Anniversary Gala will be held on Capitol Hill, with Members of Congress, ambassadors, senior officials, past Deans, and our Symposium attendees and guests there to celebrate this momentous milestone.  You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Registration for the 2019 Symposium includes the Celebration Gala on Capitol Hill.  Attendees are both welcome and encouraged to invite guests, including your ambassador and/or Members of Congress.

Click here to download the 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala Invitation to send to you guest(s).

Click here to pay for your guest(s).

Congratulations to the Newest Group of Accredited Honorary Consuls

Posted on July 3, 2019

We are pleased to welcome the newest group of accredited Honorary Consular colleagues to our community of consular officers.  We hope that you will find your work to be very exciting and rewarding.  We encourage you to join the Consular Corps College as Full Members so that you can immediately access all the resources we have available to you and so that you can avail yourselves of the various types of training opportunities we have coming up, including our Annual Symposium November 13 – 15, 2019 in Washington, DC !

CCC Now Reaches Out to All Consular Officers Through Constant Contact

Posted on June 6, 2019

In order to reach every consular officer in the US, the Consular Corps College has begun using the email service Constant Contact.  This will allow us to send out our new monthly newsletters, as well as invitations and announcements in a more efficient way.  To ensure that you receive your emails, please make sure that your email provider recognizes Constant Contact as a trusted email source.

Inaugural Webinar on Human Trafficking Tomorrow, May 30th!

Posted on May 29, 2019

The CCC will deliver on its promise to take cutting-edge training out to our members when it webcasts its first two hour session on “Human Trafficking and Consuls: How to Identify the Signs of Human Trafficking, How to Work with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, and How to Aid Your Country’s Victims.”

Webinar participants represent large and small countries from all five continents and include both career and honorary consular officers.

Don’t Miss the National Webinar on Human Trafficking for Consuls

Posted on May 27, 2019

Featuring top trainers from the Departments of State and Homeland Security, as well as nationally recognized subject matter experts, this webinar is designed FOR consular officers.  Learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking, find out how you can work with law enforcement to break up rings, rescue the victims, and help them reclaim their lives and return back home.

While the last part is usually the purview of career consular officers, all honorary consuls have a big role to play in detecting human trafficking activities and in working with law enforcement and their consulates general to capture human traffickers and rescue their victims.

This is the first time that such a broad panel of experts has been brought together specifically to provide training for consuls.  Don’t miss this exceptional event.  Go to Event Registration to register to participate.

All Consular Officers Are Now Members

Posted on April 10, 2019

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, the Consular Corps College now welcomes all foreign career and honorary consular officers as Basic Members in the CCC.  Now all consuls will receive our new Newsletter and may participate in all of the events sponsored by the CCC.

Those paying the annual dues of $125.00 are Full Members, who enjoy the extra benefits of receiving our quarterly publication, the Consular|Diplomatic Forum, attending the annual Symposium at a lower rate, and accessing our library of online information, including a full Directory and Q&A Desk.

Those belonging to Affinity Member Consular Corps may join the CCC individually at the reduced rate of $100.00 per year and enjoy the ability to participate in all programs and the Symposium at even lower rates.

We welcome all our consular colleagues to the CCC community!

50th Anniversary Year

Posted on January 3, 2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Consular Corps College.  What began as an innovative national association of honorary consuls, seeking to gain new consular skills and sharpen others, has expanded its membership to encompass all consuls, career and honorary, and has become a vital organization offering a variety of  benefits above and beyond training on core consular competencies.

Thanks to a new program of national webinars, consuls everywhere can access high quality training, in addition to the annual Symposium.  Our publication, The Consular|Diplomatic Forum, brings news and information to our members throughout the year.  The Members’ Resource section of our website contains valuable information and materials that are available to our members 24/7.  These are but a few of the benefits now available to our members, fifty years on.

We have made all of these additions without losing site of our original mandate: to provide cutting-edge training, connect consular officers with the key government and relevant officials they need to know to effectively execute their duties, and to offer outstanding networking opportunities for our members.  Even there, we have made improvements and ushered in a higher level of professional training.   The original CCC Convention has become the CCC Symposium, which offers attendees the ability to earn Certificates in Consular Training.  Symposium attendees meet and hear from senior level officials, involved in all aspects of consular work.  Those training presentations cleared for controlled release are put up in the Resource Section of the website for all members to access.

Throughout this historic year, the Consular Corps College will celebrate its history, its mandate, and its future.  We look forward to welcoming all consular officers to the CCC family and encourage everyone to join us as a Full Member, and to take advantage of all the benefits the CCC has to offer.

2018 Symposium Closed a Huge Success

Posted on November 29, 2018

Congratulations to the latest class of attendees receiving their Certificate in Consular Training, Certificate in Advanced Consular Training, and Certificate in Continuing Advanced Consular Training!