American Sign Language Communication Program

The American Sign Language Communication Program is a one-year advanced skill set for students with no signing experience. Students in the program receive instruction in the skills and training required to meet the ASL proficiency standards required to be considered for admission to the Interpreter Training Program. A grade of “C” or above is required in all American Sign Language Communication Program courses to be considered for admission in the Interpreter Training Program. This one-year certificate (or equivalent course work and signing skills) is required for admission into the selective ITP program. Program graduates will not be certified interpreters. This Certificate of Applied Science degree program will be discontinued in 2012-13, the courses will be used in the Interpreter Training AAS Program and as a stand alone Advanced Skills Set that is not eligible for Federal Financial (TItle IV) Aid.

American Sign Language Communication Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate with the Deaf community in social settings;
  • understand the culture of the Deaf community;
  • demonstrate the connections between the ASL curriculum and their personal/academic lives;
  • compare and contrast the culture of the hearing community to the Deaf community;
  • and develop a stronger sense of connection to the Deaf community by participating in events sponsored by and for the Deaf community.

Individuals in the following professions will find the certificate beneficial for direct communication with Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing individuals.

  • Accessibility & Disability Services
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Service Providers
  • Religious
  • Healthcare Professions
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire and Rescue Professions

Program Information July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012

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COST  (2010-11), (2011-12), 2012-13, Certificate of Applied Scienece (CAS)Program Discontinued, courses moved to non-eligible skills set, and first yr of Interpreter Taining AAS degree)
Q: How much will this program cost me? (on-campus, WV resident)
A: Tuition and Fees: $3,652 (2010) $3720 (2011) $3860 (2012)
  Books and supplies: $800-$900 (2010) $1110-$1350 (2011-12)
  On-campus room & board: $6,672-7780 (2010)  $6864-8376 (2011) $7180-10,074 (2012)
  Program Specific Costs $139 (lab fee)
2011-12 catalog           what's new for 2012-13
In addition to tuition and fees, there is a $120 new student fee 
Q: What are my financing options to pay for the program?
A: In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 75 % (2010), 25% (2011) of graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates:
Federal loan Title IV                   $ $5474  (2011), $4238 (2012)
Federal loans Title IV, completers on time and not on time $4,500 (2010 on-time) $14,250 (2010 not on-time)
Private Education loans none
The institution offered no private education or  Institution financing plan loans.
Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?

A: The program was designed to take 9 months to complete.

25% (2010) , 75% (2011), 0% (2012) of completers from this program finished on time

Q: What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

A: The job placement rate for students who completed the program in 2010-12 was 0% but 75% (2010), and 0%  (2011) of the students have chosen to continue their education.

This program is the now the first year of study for the AAS Interpreter training program offered at Pierpont.

      What type of jobs? WV info?

Q: Will I be able to play back my student loans?

A: 91.9% (2010), 81.5% (2011), 70.8% (2012) of students in this institution who took out federal student loans are successfully repaying them.

2010 -11 repayment percentage includes Pierpont and Fairmont State University data, 2011- 12  data is Pierpont two year average.


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