MSJC Offering New American Sign Language Program

June 10, 2015

The program is designed for deaf and hearing students

Mt. San Jacinto College’s American Sign Language (ASL) Department is launching the first program on the west coast designed to prepare deaf and hearing students to enter the field of professional interpreting.

The MSJC ASL/English Interpreting Preparation Program (IPP) will begin with the fall 2015 semester, which starts on Aug. 17. Students may begin registering for the program in June. The program will be held on MSJC’s Menifee Valley Campus.

All courses will be led by one deaf and one hearing instructor to maximize students’ exposure to both linguistic and cultural diversity.  Unlike several existing interpreting programs, which focus on professional practice in K-12 educational settings, the MSJC ASL/English Interpreting Preparation Program will prepare students for a diverse number of settings, including:

  • Medical
  • Performing Arts
  • Legal
  • Video Relay/Video Remote
  • Educational (primary, secondary, post-secondary)

Each of these exciting lecture/practicum courses will take place in MSJC’s state of the art interpreting lab on the Menifee Valley Campus. The lab houses the most advanced recording and media editing equipment available that is essential for producing high-quality, professional work samples.  Our recently revised curriculum implements the latest research in the field and is designed in alignment with standards of professional practice set forth by the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Students will study interpreting and translating theory and practice, analyses of ethical and professional quandaries and appropriate problem-solving strategies, and the history of interpreting in the U.S. and Canada.  Students will be required to complete a capstone project wherein they will conduct collegiate-level research into the field of professional sign language interpreting and compose an academic paper in both written English and American Sign Language.  Students must also produce a digital professional portfolio highlighting their résumé, work samples, and academic achievements.

Prospective students are required to complete American Sign Language 1 through 4 before beginning the IPP and must complete a successful interview for a position in the program.  Accepted students will matriculate as cohorts, working together throughout the two-year program.

For more information contact Leslie Greer at 951-639-5399 or or Jeremy Rogers at