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Why choose Sign Language Interpreter Preparation Program at PPCC?

PPCC’s sign language interpreter preparation degree program provides students with the highest quality of knowledge and skills for them to become a valuable partner with the deaf community. We help students function as emerging professionals in the sign language interpreting field while adhering to Deaf culture expectations and professional ethics and practices. Students have the opportunity to work with members of the Deaf community, native ASL users and nationally certified interpreters in nearly every industry, the community and in education.

What do PPCC Sign Language Interpreter Preparation Program students study?

The sign language interpreter preparation degree program at PPCC presents students an in-depth understanding of the field of interpreting. By pursuing a degree at PPCC, you will:

  • Study the ethical and cultural issues surrounding interpreting.
  • Develop an understanding of transliterating, interpreting the spoken word into sign language.
  • Learn about the impact of Deaf Culture on emerging ASL literature, including non-fiction, fiction and poetry.

Classes You Might Take

Provides the student an opportunity to develop a stronger grasp of American Sign Language (ASL), as well as the cultural features of the language. ASL vocabulary is also increased. The direct experience method is used to further enhance the learning process. This course is a continuation of ASL 122 with more emphasis on expressive skills in signing.
Provides a more in-depth study of the field of interpreting, expanding on the basics introduced in IPP 121. Lecture/discussion sessions will address ethical decision-making and cultural issues, as well as the various settings in which interpreters work. Students will have opportunities to observe various professional interpreters throughout the semester.
Provides the student an opportunity to further develop interpreting skills from English to ASL.

Career Options

Upon graduation from PPCC, students can work as a pre-certified sign language interpreter in a variety of settings, including:

  • Community interpreting
  • Post-secondary Education
  • K-12 Education

Careers in ASL Interpreter

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

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