Interpreter Training Program

The Interpreter Training Program at Pierpont Community and Technical College is a 2-year immersion program experience training students to become qualified in sign language interpreting.

Graduating from our program will give you a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. The first step in entering our program is to apply to Pierpont Community & Technical College.  Your first year involves taking general education classes and American Sign Language classes.  Upon completion of the American Sign Language Advanced Skill Set portion of the program, you will be eligible to submit an application of intent for completion of the second year of study in the Interpreter Training Program, if you kept a minimum grade of "C" in ASL 1101, 1105, 1108, 1111, 1112, and 1113. Admission to the 2nd year of the Interpreter Training Program is competitive, and students must make formal application.  Admission to the Pierpont Community & Technical College is not synonymous with admission to the ITP.  Your application will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee, and you will be notified of the committee's decision by e-mail.

Criteria for Admission to the A.A.S. Degree

     First-year requirements:

            MATH: All students must demonstrate a math competency demonstrated by a Math ACT score of 19, SAT Quantitative score of 460, COMPASS Math score of 36, or successful completion of Math 0081-0086.

     Second-year requirements:

             * Application of intent for the second year to the Interpreter Training Program coordinator.

             * Pierpont Community & Technical College GPA of 2.5 or higher.

             * Completion of ASL 1101, 1105, 1108, 1111, 1112, and 1113 with a grade of "C" or higher.

             * Earn a 17 or higher on the Reading section of the ACT or a COMPASS Reading score of 75 or higher.

             * Interview by the ITP Interview Committee.

The ITP Interview Committee will select and rank applicants using the following criteria: 1) signing skills, 2) GPA, 3) reading test score, 4) interview score, 5) written essay, 6) disposition score.  The ITP Interivew Committee will review the application, and the student will be notified of the committee's decision by mail.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ruby Losh at 304-816-0658 or ruby.losh@pierpont.edu.  Thank you for your interest in the Pierpont Community & Technical College Interpreter Training Program.

 

 

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The career opportunities for an interpreter for the Deaf include educational, medical, legal, mental health, religious and community based employment. Some interpreters are self employed and contract with corporations and/or government service agencies.

It is important to note that upon completion of the Interpreter Training Program at Pierpont C&TC, the individual will have entry level skills. This means that further professional growth and development will be mandatory in order to attain the skill level necessary to interpret in medical, legal and/or mental health settings..

 

 
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