how will this help me with where can i go
employment opportunities? to learn more?
Many employers consider not only what a Professional interpreters for the Deaf are in
student has studied, but how many classes great demand. Students who complete this
they have taken in that area. Students who focus area may be interested in continuing their
complete this focus area have 18 credit hours studies and becoming a certiﬁed interpreter.
in a specialized ﬁeld. The State of Kentucky also requires sign
language interpreters to be licensed. The
Learning a second language takes practice following agencies are good sources of
and dedication. After completing the four
language courses (ASL I - IV), and the • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
advanced Fingerspelling and Numbers Rid.org
course (ITP 210), students should have
strong basic communication skills in ASL. • National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
They will also have a good understanding
of who and what make up the Deaf • Kentucky Commission for the Deaf and
Community. Hard of Hearing (KCDHH)
Having good basic communication skills
in ASL would be beneﬁcial in many degree • Kentucky Board of Interpreters for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (licensing
programs, including but not limited to Allied
Health, Behavioral Sciences, HLSS (History, Ky.gov/ourcabinet/caboff/oas/op/interpret
Languages and Social Sciences), Nursing,
and Business. enhance your degree
with a focus area in
american sign language
Applications and class schedules are on the
Bluegrass Community and Technical College is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097;
telephone 404.679.4501 to award associate degrees.
BCTC is an equal opportunity institution.
kentucky community & technical college system
what courses do I need who can i contact
about asl to take? for more information?
American Sign Language (ASL) is To complete the focus area and earn this The “Focus Area in ASL Studies”
offered for foreign language credit at designation, students must complete the falls under the department of History,
hundreds of colleges and universities courses listed below. This outline suggests Languages, and Social Sciences (HLSS).
across the country. ASL is comparable how to take the courses so that they can be The following are contacts for more
in complexity and expressiveness to completed in two years. Students can begin information.
spoken languages. It is NOT a form the focus area any fall semester.
of English. It has its own distinct Connie Meck
grammatical structure, and differs from Full-time instructor
spoken language in that it is visual 1st Fall Semester
ASL/Deaf Culture Focus Area, HLSS
rather than auditory. ASL is capable of • ASL I (ASL101) Regency Campus, Room 219
conveying subtle, complex and abstract
ideas. Signers can discuss anything in 1st Spring Semester
ASL that could be discussed in English, • ASL II (ASL102)
from philosophy, politics and literature,
to humor, poetry and sports. Joshua Hoekstra
2nd Fall Semester
Coordinator, Foreign Language, HLSS
• ASL III (ASL201) 211 Maloney Building, Cooper Campus
what is a • ITP 115 (Deaf Culture) firstname.lastname@example.org
“focus area in asl?” 859.246.6311
2nd Spring Semester
BCTC offers six courses in ASL and • ASL IV (ASL202) Dr. Greg Feeney
Deaf Culture (see next page for a listing • ITP210 (Fingerspelling & Assistant Dean, HLSS
of courses). Once all six courses are Numbers) 230 Moloney Building, Cooper Campus
completed, a student will have earned this email@example.com
designation. A focus area is much like a 859.246.6329
concentration area. It is NOT a minor ASL courses must be taken in order.
and DOES NOT imply mastery of the Students must complete ASL I and ASL II
language. It DOES indicate a deeper level before taking ITP115 or ITP210. ASL I,
of study in ASL and Deaf Culture, which ASL III, and ITP115 are ONLY offered in
is appealing to many employers. fall semesters. ASL II, ASL IV, and
ITP210 are ONLY offered spring