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RISP Certification Readiness Training

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In 2018, the Colorado General Assembly appropriated funding to the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind (CCDHHDB) to address shortages in the availability of qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters in rural areas of the state.

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Susan E. Brown
Project Director, RISP Training Program

Phone: 970-351-3314
susan.brown@unco.edu 

CCDHHDB has since implemented Colorado’s Rural Interpreting Services Project (RISP). One of the objectives of the funding is to prepare participants for entry-level competencies in ASL-English interpreting and professional certification in Colorado. To meet this goal, CCDHHDB has partnered with the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies (ASLIS) to develop and implement the training. This program is limited to 20 participants who:

  • Live in rural* Colorado or are willing to accept assignments in rural* areas of Colorado;
  • Demonstrate ASL-English communicative competence
  • Are not yet credentialed or have credentials not currently recognized in Colorado for community interpreting (i.e., EIPA);
  • Will commit to a one-year, mostly online training program;
  • Will commit, after the training, to contracting with CCDHHDB’s RISP program to provide 40 hours of work as a certified interpreter or as a paid apprentice; and
  • Will commit to pursuing a Colorado-recognized interpreter certification.

*For purposes of this project, the RISP pilot programs will consider area outside of the Front Range as rural.

Curriculum

For successful online learning, the curriculum presented must be static enough to provide structure and, at the same time, be flexible enough to provide scaffolded learning for the individual student. As such, the training will be a year-long series of six and eight-week online modules facilitated by trained interpreting and language specialists. The Certification Readiness Training is designed for the working adult who is motivated to progress toward interpreting proficiency and agrees to pursue a Colorado-recognized interpreter certification. The curriculum will promote quality interpreting services by providing instruction in both knowledge and interpreting skill sets. Throughout the training, participants will work on their interpreting skills while building on new and current evidence-based coursework. 

This course of study is not credit bearing, however professional development hours and/or RID CEUs will be available. A certificate of completion will be offered through the University of Northern Colorado, Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies. The certificate of completion will qualify participants to work as paid apprentices or certified interpreters (as is relevant) under CCDHHDB.

Delivery

The Certification Readiness Training will utilize a variety of technologies to deliver the curriculum. The learning management system Canvas will be used for online delivery with interpreting and language specialists. Participants will have access to module content, discussion boards and video conferencing capability. Additionally, an intensive, multi-day face-to-face training in August 2019 will provide participants foundational instruction from selected specialists prior to beginning online coursework in September 2019.

Language and Interpreter Specialists

To implement a training program such as this, specialized instructional staff are required. These specialists must be skilled in the field of interpreting and/or ASL language mentoring and must understand the unique requirements necessary to interpret in rural areas. Interpreting and language specialists will be trained by master facilitators on the Certification Readiness Training curriculum, pedagogical approaches to successful online facilitations, and learning through online and face-to-face learning platforms during a face-to-face training in June 2019 on the main campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

To implement a training program such as this, specialized instructional staff are required. These specialists must be skilled in the field of interpreting and/or ASL language mentoring and must understand the unique requirements necessary to interpret in rural areas. Interpreting and language specialists will be trained by master facilitators on the Certification Readiness Training curriculum, pedagogical approaches to successful online facilitations, and learning through online and face-to-face learning platforms during a face-to-face training in June 2019 on the main campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Training Participants

The Certification Readiness Training will begin with a multi-day onsite intensive training and a pre-diagnostic assessment of skills, currently scheduled for August 2019 in Grand Junction. Online learning modules will begin September 2019. Curriculum modules, facilitated by interpreting and language specialists, will provide participants learning opportunities that will build on current knowledge and skill, and support the development of ASL and interpreting skills. This program will be available for professional development hours, RID CEUs and a Certificate of Completion.

Application Process

To apply commplete the online application

 Once your application has been received an email will be sent to you with instructions
on how to complete and submit the required ASL/interpreting screening.

More about criteria, application process and participants FAQs

Application Dead: March 29, 219

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UNC ASLIS RISP Scholarship Opportunity

Four (4) $12,000/year scholarships are available for  junior/senior students in the University of Northern Colorado’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies bachelor’s degree in ASL English Interpreting: Community Interpreting program.

For more information contact Kate Beilmann, Administrative Coordinator at 970-351-1075 or via email at kathleen.beilmann@unco.edu