WWU, San Diego Mesa College sign agreement

A new agreement between William
Woods University and San Diego Mesa College will facilitate
the transfer of American Sign Language
interpreting students to WWU so they may earn a bachelor’s degree.

Students who obtain an Associate of
Arts degree in ASL
Interpreting at Mesa College will be able to
earn a Bachelor of Science degree in American Sign
Language-English interpreting from William Woods University in two short years.
 
The agreement between
institutions will give these transfer
students a two-year plan for completing WWU’s requirements for the bachelor’s
degree.
 
“As of this year,
an interpreter has to have a bachelor’s degree before they can even take the
test to become nationally certified,” explained Dr. Barbara
Garrett, director of the ASL program at WWU.
 
Many interpreting jobs across the country and in the state of California,
including medical interpreting, require national
certification.
 
“Obtaining a bachelor’s degree will greatly
expand employment opportunities for interpreters seeking work in California,”
said Dr. Tom
Frankman, associate dean of academic
services at WWU.
 
Mesa College, located
in San Diego, Calif.,
is one of the largest community colleges in the state. The college boasts more than 50
degree programs and takes pride in its high
academic standards and its desire to
help every student succeed. They have more than 1,000
students enrolled in their
ASL/Interpreting training program.  
 
“San Diego Mesa College is
dedicated to helping students reach their transfer goals
to other colleges and universities. A significant part of my responsibility
involves creating and maintaining articulation agreements with various
institutions,” explained Juliette Parker, Articulation Officer for Mesa College.