The RISE Project aims to increase the number of qualified interpreters working in rural areas around Colorado by
- providing training to non-credentialed ASL-English practitioners and
- support efforts to become certified with a state recognized interpreting certification.
RISE Project Overview
- July 2022 - November 2023
- Mandatory in-person kick-off training
- Eight, 8-week online courses
- 2-week breaks between courses
- Language & Interpreting Specialists
- 40-hour apprenticeship
- 40-hour work payback
The RISE Project will recruit 12 non-credentialed ASL-English practitioners to become students.
Applications are open to practitioners who live in or are interested in working in rural communities in Colorado. Interested individuals must:
A working understanding
of the profession of interpreting
Lack professional credentials
(or have credentials not currently recognized for community (i.e., EIPA))
The project is designed to support practitioners who are currently functioning as sign language communications facilitators but do not have the required credentials to work as sign language interpreters with deaf consumers in the community. However, if an individual has qualifying signing skills and commits to working toward future interpreting in rural areas of the state, then their application would be considered.
The RISE Project curriculum is a series of eight, eight-week courses and will run from July 2022 through November 2023. Each course is offered sequentially and builds on prior learning. Interpreting specialists will facilitate online learning while Deaf language specialists will provide distance mentoring in tandem with coursework. There will be 2-week breaks between courses.
The RISE Project curriculum has been designed for the working adult, with participant progress and success a fundamental goal. The RISE Project coursework will provide both knowledge and skills content. When an individual has completed the RISE Project, a certificate of completion will be offered through the CCDHHDB and UNC ASLIS department. This curriculum is non credit-bearing, however, RID CEUs will be available.
To provide students with foundational content needed to be successful in the RISE Project, a multi-day face-to-face training at the end of June 2022 will be held on the UNC Greeley campus. For the face-to-face training, accommodations and meals will be covered by the RISE Project. All RISE students and staff will be required to comply with UNC COVID Policies.
Mandatory In-Person Kick-Off Training
End of June 2022
July 2022 - November 2023
Online coursework will follow directly after the face-to-face training. The RISE Project will utilize the learning management system Canvas for the online delivery of coursework. RISE students will have access to module content, discussion boards, and video conferencing capability.
The Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Rural Auxiliary Services (RAS) sponsors the RISE Project.
There is no monetary cost to RISE students.
However, all RISE students are required to complete a 40-hour apprenticeship immediately following the training, and a 40-hour work payback post-certification.
Apprenticeship & Work Payback Requirement
The RISE Project is designed to train practitioners to become certified community interpreters who will work with adult consumers in rural areas. In exchange for a no-cost training, RISE students must complete:
required immediately following the training (end of 2023)
40-hour RAS Work Payback
Completing these hours may be challenging for RISE students who work as full-time educational interpreters or hold full or part-time work outside of interpreting.
Become a RISE Student
Applications are now closed.
Deadline: March 7, 2022
Show ASL-English Proficiency
After the application has been received,
emailed instructions will be sent on how to complete the
required ASL-English demonstration of competency.