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Sign Language Interpreter Program

Since 1978 - the Sign Language Interpreter Program at LCC

Graduates of LCC's Sign Language Interpreter Program find employment in both private and public enterprises.  As a Sign Language interpreter you can expect to go wherever deaf or hearing persons may need interpreting services.  The speed with which a student completes the program varies according to individual characteristics such as motivation and learning style, as well as the number of courses enrolled per semester.

Jobs for Sign Language Interpreters include interpreting for public schools, colleges and universities, medical and legal institutions and organizations, mental health facilities, video relay centers, religious settings, and many more private and public organizations and institutions.  Sign Language Interpreting is a very rewarding career and requires a highly specialized skill-set.  The most successful students will be committed to acquiring American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language.  As a Sign Language student, you will need to seek out social interactions within the Deaf community and take advantage of opportunities to apply and enhance your proficiency in ASL.

If you would like a representative from the LCC Sign Language Interpreter Program to come present to your organization or speak at your event, please call us at 517-483-5329.

Sign Language Advising Seminars

The Sign Language Interpreter program requires completion of this seminar for all new and transfer students. This seminar covers the requirements of the Sign Language Interpreter Program, provides answers for any questions about the transfer process and reviews the course schedule and curriculum. This seminar is available for students to attend at any of the dates and times listed below. No reservation is needed - "walk-ins" are welcome.

Sip n' Sign

Join the Sign Language Club's "Sip n' Sign" activity to practice using ASL!  All sign language students are welcome to participate.  Upcoming Sip n' Sign event information will be posted as made available.





ASL Skills Assessments

Testing Out
If you have previous experience with American Sign Language (ASL), you could test out of beginning-level classes. We offer a Skills Assessment, where candidates are screened for linguistic competence in ASL. Linguistic competence is decided based on knowledge and use of lexicon, syntax, fingerspelling, spatial use, non-manual markers, and conversational markers. We recommend that candidates have a minimum of 1 year of 12 credits of formal ASL study (documented at the post-secondary level) before requesting a Skills Assessment. Skills Assessments are offered following any of our Advising Seminars (see schedule above).

ITP Screening Information

Who can screen?  Students who have successfully completed or are currently enrolled in SIGN 163 (ASL 3), SIGN 166 (Fingerspelling) and SIGN 167 (Beginning Sign to Voice).

When is the screening? The screening will happen Monday, July 20 through Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

How do I sign up? The application is located below for you to download and fill out.  They'll also be made available on the D2L course site.  You must turn in your application to the department office, GB 131, on or before the specified deadline.  A signup sheet will be in the office for you to select a date and time.

Screening Packet

How much is it? There is a $25 screening fee that you must pay when you turn in your application.  Cashier checks, money orders, or cash only.  No personal checks will be accepted.

Hearing Requirements

Provide acceptable results of pure tone audiometric testing of unaided hearing acuity according to the following table of worst acceptable thresholds*:
A) No disease or condition of the middle or internal ear, nose, oral cavity, pharynx, or larynx that -
     (1) Interferes with hearing regular speech and/or speaking at a functional level, or may reasonably be expected to do so; or
     (2) Interferes with, or may reasonably be expected to interfere with, clear and effective speech communication.

Better ear
35 30 30 40
Poorer ear
35 50 50 60

* A student who fails to meet the initial hearing standard should contact the LCC Sign Language Advisor, Molly Carlstrom or (517) 483-5329.

Practicum Orientation
The work-study portion of the ITP is the Practicum. Students are required to follow all of LCC's policies when at sites and events, as well as the policies for behavior, attire, and professionalism established by the ITP. The Practicum Orientation is a 6-hour workshop to introduce new students to what's expected of them while representing LCC and the ITP. The Practicum Orientation takes place each year on the first Saturday of the Fall semester.

Please note: Do not try to register for SIGN 240 & 261 until after you've received your letter in August.

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Communication, Media and the Arts Department
Gannon Bldg, Room 131
Phone: (517) 483-1546
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