Sign Language Interpreting in Education is
a 2 year Associates degree program here at NTC. In the Focus of the program you will
be working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the school setting. When you
get into the program obviously you will learn Sign Language. And Sign Language classes are
a lot of fun. We also help students prepare for working in the community as a community
interpreter. Well I came in not knowing a stitch of sign.
So to see my progress from day one to know is pretty amazing.
In addition to the staff working with you to help you develop these skills we also have
deaf people we refer to as deaf mentors from the community who will come in. We have deaf
instructors we have events that are held with deaf people that come and just really right
in there with them from day 1 we have deaf mentors that come and work with us. It’s a great opportunity for students having
a deaf instructor, deaf mentors, deaf presenters it really benefits the students and they appreciate
having deaf role models. In the program you are going to be fully immersed
in not only American sign language but deaf culture. Because the more contact you have
with the deaf community and the more exposure you have to the language the better you’ll
be at interpreting Our instructors work so closely with each
and every one of us. And I think that’s what I like the most is the individual attention
we’re getting. So we do become the interpreters that we want to become.
Upon graduation students are eligible to get their department of public instruction license
to become interpreters in the educational setting. It’s a challenging program but
when you put the energy into truly learning the skills it is gratifying. Is it always
serious? No we have fun to, I especially love when I see it on their face and you can see
how excited they are when they’re starting to truly develop the interpreting skills.