Interpreter Preparation Degree
FRCC/UNC Announce Partnership
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Front Range Community College (FRCC) and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) are creating a robust collaboration that will offer Colorado students a four-year path to careers as sign language interpreters. The partnership will begin with a solid base in American Sign Language preparation followed by strong interpreting instruction.
A New ASL-English-Interpreter Training Program Coming Soon
FRCC’s ASL program is currently “under construction,” and thus the college is not accepting applications for the 2019/2020 academic year. We are enthusiastically moving through the details involved in crafting this FRCC/UNC collaboration, and will keep the community informed of the progress in the coming months.
For students with a strong desire to attain the skills needed for the interpreting profession, the most important preparation during this time is building ASL skills. The required ASL proficiency level will be higher than with the current two-year program, so students are advised to continue building these skills. FRCC will be adding additional ASL course offerings in preparation for this requirement.
Bachelor's Degree Required
This new joint venture has grown out of a movement in the interpreting profession toward increasing language competency prior to interpreting training. In 2012, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf began requiring a bachelor’s degree in order for prospective interpreters to sit for the national professional certification exam. (Historically, interpreter training had required a two-year associate degree.)
To assist students in meeting this new requirement, FRCC has established three agreements with Siena Heights University, Regis University and Gallaudet University, so that students graduating from FRCC can complete their education at one of these universities.
A Solid Foundation for a New Structure
FRCC has proudly offered a leading ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program for almost 40 years. It has been one of the college’s signature programs, and has continued to embrace professional best practices in teaching students to be prepared to enter the exciting and challenging field of ASL-English interpreting.
We are excited to be transitioning to an educational pathway that will prepare students to enter the field of ASL-English interpreting with a strong language foundation and multiple service delivery options for attaining these skills.