Sign Language Interpreter
The OCC Sign Language Interpreter program is committed to providing students with a high quality education in interpretation between American Sign Language and English through rigorous academic courses and community service activities. The OCC Sign Language Interpreter program recognizes that language is a human right; that American Sign Language is a true language; and that individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind have the inalienable right to use the language of their choice. Therefore, the foundational principle of the program include respect for individuals, inter-cultural competency, academic and ethical integrity, critical thinking, professional conduct, and effective communication and interpretation.
The Sign Language Interpreter program (SLI) is a two and half year program designed to train entry level interpreters for community or educational setting. OCC is one of the four associate degree programs in the nation that is accredited through The Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). OCC's program was judged by the CCIE under the same standards as a bachelor's program including curriculum design, rigor, research requirements, and more than 300 hours of mandated practicum experience. OCC curriculum prepares graduates to take the state certification exams which graduates must pass in order to work as a certified interpreter in educational, medical, legal, governmental, and community settings.
In accordance with the new rules implemented by the State of Michigan governing certified interpreters, our program strives to produce the best of the best, not just skill-wise but also the attitudes and ethics of our students. They are trained by our diverse faculty base.