The Interpreter Training Program is a two-year program designed to prepare students to interpret/transliterate spoken English into American Sign Language and American Sign Language into spoken English while working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The interpreter works in a variety of settings including educational, medical, community, business and occupational. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students to have and knowledge and understanding of the work a sign language interpreter, develop language skills and be ready to take the state level screening. After a student has passed state level screening, they are ready for an entry level position where they will continue to gain knowledge and skills and prepare for national certification.
All training activities and instructional material emphasize the importance of maintaining high personal standards. Work habits and ethical practices required on the job are an integral part of the instruction. Students will not only receive hands-on learning experiences in the class room with industry-standard equipment, but they will venture out into the Deaf Community to apply their knowledge. Upon completion of the two-year program, the student will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree in Interpreter Training Technology.
**Completion Award: Career Certificate in Interpreter Training Technology 30 SH
**Completion Award: Associate in Applied Science Degree in Interpreter Training Technology 60 SH
**Additional Graduation Requirement: Any student (first-time, transfer, and part-time) who begins at Hinds Fall 2007 and later will be required to take LLS 1312/RST 1312 - Orientation course in order to graduate from the College. Exception: Orientation credit (1-3 hrs) transferred to Hinds from another college will satisfy our orientation requirement.