The A. Eugene & Bernice Hoeper ASL and Interpreting Program

Students will develop skills in expressive and receptive use of American Sign Language (ASL) and specific technical skills required to interpret and transliterate.

Our interpreting programs offer courses in American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpretation between ASL and English. Students will first obtain proficiency in ASL and Deaf Culture through a wide variety of learning activities to enhance practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge.

These include:
  • On-site observations
  • Service-learning
  • Attendance at Deaf-related community activities
  • Guest lectures
  • Video and audio lab assignments


Associate of Arts Associate of Applied Science Certificate
Which program is best for me?

American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Program (A.A.)

  • Ideal for students who are not yet fluent and still learning ASL.
  • This program offers courses for basic to advanced signers.
  • Students may start in ASL 1 or may screen into a higher level of ASL if they have some prior knowledge.
To arrange for a screening, contact:
Jesse Hammons

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Interpreter Preparation Program (A.A.S.)

  • Ideal for students who are proficient in ASL.
  • Ideal for students who don't currently have a degree ASL.
Admission to this degree program:

Interpreter Preparation Certificate

  • Ideal for students who are proficient in ASL.
  • Ideal for students who have a Bachelor's degree.
Admission to this certificate program:

Transcript evaluation may be necessary to determine if prerequisites have been fulfilled.

Career Highlights

Graduates of the ASL and Deaf Culture A.A. may consider careers in human services with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. They will use their conversational ASL skills in a variety of work settings.

Graduates of the Interpreter Preparation degree or certificate may consider self-employment or private practice positions in the corporate and non-profit sectors or work placement through an interpreter referral agency.

Employment opportunities for interpreters span multiple settings including:
  • Educational
  • Medical
  • Mental health
  • Religious
  • Performing arts
  • Legal
  • Government

CCBC offers an Interpreter Preparation degree and certificate online option:

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