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 the knowledge and understanding of the work of 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 materials 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 classroom 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.
Students seeking admission to this program must meet one of the following minimum assessment scores: ACT English, 17; OR ACCUPLACER English, 88; OR Next-Generation ACCUPLACER English, 245 OR by approval of the program chairperson.