How the ITP Works
An information will be held to acquaint prospective students with the JCCC Interpreter Training Program and the field of interpreting in general. All students considering application to the program are encouraged to attend. This session is offered in February. The date and location will be announced in the fall.
The ITP accepts up to 30 students each year. If you are not accepted when you first apply:
- You must submit a new ITP application and you will be considered as a first-time applicant.
- You might consider working toward the ASL Certificate while waiting to reapply to the ITP.
- Two college-credit courses in American Sign Language (ASL)
Johnson County Community College offers Elementary ASL I (INTR 120) and Elementary ASL II (INTR 121) that will satisfy this requirement. These courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher in order to be considered for admission to the Interpreter Training Program (ITP).
Note: If you have ASL courses from another college or conversational fluency from a source other than college coursework, please email Darryl Luton to schedule an ASL Proficiency Interview. This is the only way to determine if an ASL course may be waived.
- English Composition I (ENGL 121)
This course must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher in order to be considered for admission into the ITP. English proficiency is a critical prerequisite skill to the skill of interpreting.
Conditional acceptance may be granted to those students who have not completed all pre-requisites prior to the application deadline. However, all prerequisites to admission must be successfully completed (with the required minimum grades) prior to the first semester of courses.
- Grade of "C" or higher
Only courses with grades of a “C’ or higher will be accepted as transfer credits to apply toward the AAS in Interpreter Training. A minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required to be eligible for application to the ITP. If you have not completed at least 12 hours of college credit, your high school GPA will be used.
- ACT Test Scores
You must have applied to the JCCC program before testing. Results of ACT tests taken prior to February 15, 2007 are not acceptable. In order to be eligible for an interview you must score a minimum of 18 on both the Composite and English portions. ACT scores MUST be turned in prior to the application deadline. For information about taking the ACT test if you need to, contact the Testing Center.
Enrollment in Program:
The courses must be taken sequentially as outlined in the Associate of Applied Science degree requirements. If you drop any interpreter training course without prior approval from the program facilitator, you will be dropped from the program and will need to reapply to the Interpreter Training Program in order to re-enroll in interpreter Training courses.
Grades in the Program:
All students are expected to earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses in order to continue. Students not earning at least a grade of "C" in both the Interpreter Training Program and general education requirements will not be allowed to continue in the program.
During your third semester, you will participate in 30 hours of off-site observation. During your fourth semester, you will complete 270 hours of off-site fieldwork.
Lab Work in the Language Resource Center:
Lab work is incorporated into many of the skills classes. For this reason, the number of contact hours per week will exceed the number of credit hours in some classes. These additional hours help ensure that you have sufficient practice time and opportunities to work individually, with another student, or in small groups. You will view videotapes and use audiotapes for additional practice in the Language Resource Center. You will also be expected to meet with Deaf people in the community, attend Deaf functions, and participate in a planned "silent weekend" to experience a mini language and cultural immersion.
Capstone Evaluation and Graduation:
A comprehensive evaluation and portfolio will measure your skills at the end of the program. This evaluation is attached to INTR 282 Interpreting Practicum II. You will be required to pass this comprehensive exam with a total score of 78% or higher and pass Practicum II with a grade of “C” or higher in order to graduate from the program.