The Mt.San Antonio College
Interpreter Training Program is designed to prepare
individuals for careers as Sign Language Interpreters.
Interpreters are needed wherever communication happens
between the hearing community and the Deaf and hard-of-hearing
community. There are an endless number of settings
in which this communication takes place. Interpreters
are employed by school districts, cruise ship companies,
corporations, government agencies, hospitals, colleges
and universities, and a vast number of other organizations
and private businesses.
for the program includes fluency in American
Sign Language demonstrated by the completion
of SIGN 104, American Sign Language 4, (or the
equivalent skill) and English fluency demonstrated
by the completion of ENGL 1A.
National Certification: There
are many specialties within the field of Sign
Language Interpreting, but the focus of this
program is on preparing the interpreter generalist.
Although requiring some type of certification
is becoming more common in California, there
are still many job opportunities for the precertified
Completing the certificate in Sign
Language/Interpreting does not make one a “Certified
Interpreter;" however, graduates
of this program are encouraged to apply for
National Interpreting Certification (NIC) through
the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
at www.rid.org. Students who complete the required
courses listed below and who also complete the
graduation requirements ofMt.San Antonio College
will be awarded the Associate in Science degree
in Sign Language/Interpreting.