ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Selective Admission Process Application Procedure
Our program has revised couple of criteria for the selective admission requirements for 2014 fall enrollment. Due to our information/application packet advertising last fall before the approval on change of GPA of 2.0 to 2.5, the requirement of GPA was 2.0 or higher. The change of GPA to 2.5 is supposed to be effective for 2015 fall enrollment, therefore, your GPA of 2.0 or higher will satisfy the requirement for the upcoming fall 2014 enrollment.
Secondly, if you anticipate graduating and receiving a bachelor’s degree in May, you don’t need to take the ACT and we will conditionally offer you a spot in the program if you satisfy the selective admission’s requirements and interview. However, if you fail to receive the bachelor’s by August, we will decline your enrollment. Also, we will require a letter from a department chair (your major to the dept.) stating that you are anticipated to receive a bachelor’s in May.
In addition to these requirements and invitation for an interview, if students are conditionally offered a spot in the program, they must still satisfy these additional requirements prior to fall enrollment in August, 2014:
- Complete the JCCC application and the Steps for Enroll to Credit Classes
- Complete the ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program selective admission application packet. The information/application packet contains complete information about the process and It’s important to read the information/application packet carefully, especially on page 5 – The Checklist.
- Complete the Admission Worksheet.
- Complete the Transfer Transcript Evaluation Request.
- Once you've applied, you will be notified if/when your application is complete. Complete means all transcripts and ACT results are received, and all application materials are completed.
- We will schedule an interview (usually sometime in March). Interviews are meant to assess such skills as fluency in English and ASL, basic cognitive processing skills, interpersonal skills, maturity, professional behavior, and basic awareness of interpreting and critical thinking. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate their ASL competency (both comprehension and production) during the interview.
- After the interview, usually mid to late May, you will be notified by certified mail whether you have been accepted into the program. Final selections will be based upon a competitive process which ranks the applicants interviewed and reflects the consensus of the interview committee.
Note: Should more than 24 applicants qualify there will be a waiting list.
Accept/Decline Your Place in the Program
All applicants offered a position in the Interpreter Training Program will be notified by certified mail. To acknowledge acceptance/decline of position you must must:
1. Return the Intention to Accept/Decline form (mailed with the acceptance letter), along with a $125 tuition deposit, within 10 days from the receipt of the acceptance letter. The $125 will be applied to the first semester's tuition. This deposit will be refunded only if written notification is submitted to Admissions prior to June 10, 2011. The form is to be returned even if the applicant has decided to decline the position. This permits the next person on the waiting list to be moved into the vacated slot in a timely manner.
2. Have your hearing evaluated by a licensed audiologist. The audiologist must complete the JCCC audiogram form which will also be mailed with the acceptance letter. This form must be returned to the Admissions Office within four weeks. You will not be allowed to enroll until we receive an audiogram. If you miss the deadline or if the audiogram is not approved, your acceptance may be revoked or you may be terminated from the program. Hearing evaluations completed on or after February 14, 2012 need not be retaken; however, the completed audiogram form must be in the program and admission file. *
You are responsible for having the testing completed and for signing releases so that your audiograms are sent from the audiologist to JCCC. Some possible choices are:
KUMC, Hearing and Speech Dept.
Note: Prices may vary. Discounts may be available if you mention this is a requirement for the JCCC Interpreter Training Program. With or without amplification, you must have sufficient hearing to function as an interpreter. Specifically, the audiogram must show pure time threshold in at least one ear of 25 dB or below in the speech range of 500, 1000, and 2000 HZ. Your diagnostic hearing evaluation must include pure tone air conduction, speech reception threshold, and speech discrimination ability.
* If a candidate is interested in learning the work of a Deaf interpreter and possesses appropriate linguistic and cultural competence, then the hearing test is not applicable.