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What will I learn?

American Sign Language (ASL) is the predominant language used by deaf people in the United States, Canada and much of the rest of the Americas.

Conversing with your hands gives you the ability to communicate clearly with deaf or hard-of-hearing people. It is also useful in situations where speech is difficult, such as in a noisy room or across a large space.

In these classes, you’ll learn the manual alphabet, numbers and some of the most commonly used signs in ASL. You will gain ASL conversational fluency and a better knowledge of the American Deaf community and culture.

In two years and 67 credit hours, you can earn an American Sign Language (ASL) Studies certificate. Build a strong foundation at JCCC to pursue additional learning or seek a career as an ASL interpreter.


Our area is home to a large and engaged local Deaf community. JCCC has offered ASL courses since the early 1980s and is known for strong ASL curriculum. Our faculty are heritage language learners and fully immersed in Deaf culture.

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Fluency in ASL is the same as being fluent in any second or third language. Employers from all areas seek candidates with fluency in ASL, especially in:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • First responder careers: police, fire and EMS
  • Therapy: physical, occupational and emotional/mental
  • Recreation and tourism

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this career expects a 17 percent growth through 2026.

Gainful Employment Data - American Sign Language Studies

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Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.