Sign Language Interpreters are in demand. With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the increase of Video Relay Services the need for skilled and qualified interpreters has increased and will continue to grow. The demand for trained interpreters far exceeds the supply.
Career opportunities also abound. In addition to the many business opportunities, interpreters are hired by public and private employers including:
• Educational organizations
• Community-based organizations
• Medical facilities
• Government agencies
• Law enforcement agencies
• Temporary agencies
• Churches and theatre productions
The Sign Language Interpretation Program is offered on the Dale Mabry Campus.
The HCC Sign Language Interpretation Program is an open admission program and no additional special application or admission to the Sign Language Interpretation Program is required beyond regular admission to the college.
Those entering students who have taken accredited ASL courses in high school may be able to transfer credits as college parallel, if the courses were approved as Advanced Placement or Dual enrollment courses or if the courses were taken in Hillsborough County High Schools. HCC and SDHC have an articulation agreement allowing students, entering the Sign Language Interpretation Program, who have completed ASL I and II in high school to take ASL II at HCC and receive college credit for ASL I after completing a certain number of program courses. Check with your high school guidance counselor for more information.
Sign Language Interpretation courses are taught on a fixed semester schedule in a five-semester sequence and full time student enrollment is recom¬mended. Courses MUST be taken in the prescribed sequence in order to develop professional skills in orderly progression
Students attending on a part-time basis may require additional time to complete the program, but must schedule courses according to the recommended sequence. A meeting with the Program Manager of the Sign Language Interpretation Program should be arranged regarding appropriate scheduling of program course requirements for part-time students before starting course work.