WWU, Johnson County Community College sign agreement

A new agreement between William Woods University and Johnson
County Community College in Kansas will facilitate the transfer of American
Sign Language interpreting students to WWU so they may complete a baccalaureate

Qualified JCCC students who have earned an Associate of Applied
Science degree in interpreting training will be able to transfer to WWU and
earn a Bachelor of Science degree in American Sign Language – English
interpreting in an additional two years.
“A bachelor’s degree will soon be required for interpreter
certification in Kansas, so this is a pretty significant option for Johnson
County students,” said Dr. Tom Frankman, associate dean of academic services at
Both institutions have agreed to provide student support
services in such areas as admissions, academic advising, library access and technical
support. The agreement, which went into effect this fall, also outlines a
proposed plan of study for the two additional years JCCC graduates will spend
at William Woods University.
“We are excited that this articulation agreement will allow
JCCC ITP graduates to continue their education at WWU and graduate in two years
with a bachelor’s degree. This is especially timely due to the fact that
Kansas currently has no four-year interpreter preparation degree,” commented Dr.
Barbara Garrett, WWU professor of ASL.
Johnson County Community College, located in Overland Park, Kan.,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs. Enrollment tops 20,000
students, and JCCC prides itself in improving student lives through learning.
Bruce Harvey, a counselor at JCCC and a liaison for their
interpreting program, said, “This agreement is great because it will help
students get the bachelor’s degree that they will need to become a certified

William Woods University students practice their American Sign Language skills in WWU’s newly renovated interpreting lab.