Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

UNO and Delgado Sign Agreement in American Sign Language Studies

University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos and Delgado Chancellor Joan Y. Davis celebrate the signing of a 2+2 articulation agreement that will allow Delgado graduates who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language to pursue a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos and Delgado Chancellor Joan Y. Davis celebrate the signing of a 2+2 articulation agreement that will allow Delgado graduates who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language to pursue a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Leaders from the University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College announced the signing of a 2+2 articulation agreement, paving the way for Delgado graduates who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language Studies to easily transfer their credits to UNO in order to pursue a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students who are interested in obtaining national certification in American Sign Language must have a four-year degree.

Officials from both institutions, including UNO President Peter J. Fos and Delgado Chancellor Joan Y. Davis, participated in a signing ceremony today on UNO's Lakefront campus.

"As the only academic interpreter training program in Louisiana, the American Sign Language program at Delgado is well-respected in the deaf and interpreting communities, both locally and nationally," Davis said. "We are proud to partner with the University of New Orleans to provide a pathway for students wishing to build upon their Delgado training to pursue an advanced degree at UNO."

Delgado has provided American Sign Language training and education since 1976.

"We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with Delgado by engaging in another articulation agreement that will expand educational opportunities and meet workforce demands for students in the New Orleans area and beyond," Fos said.

In order to obtain the National Interpreter Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, students must hold a bachelor's degree to ensure that interpreters have a well-rounded education.

After earning their associate degree at Delgado, students can transfer up to 60 semester hours with a grade of C or better, which they can apply toward the 120 hours necessary for an Interdisciplinary Studies bachelor's degree from UNO.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of interpreters and translators is expected to increase by 43 percent from 2010 to 2020. The rapidly growing demand is attributed to the increasing use of video relay services.

The U.S. Census Bureau also reports that approximately 200,000 Louisiana citizens identify as deaf or hard-of-hearing. Any or all of these citizens are potential users of interpreting services.

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a major research university in one of the world's most fascinating cities.

For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city's foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city's industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries. Today UNO offers more than 40 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.

Delgado Community College, established in 1921 as a trades school for the City of New Orleans, has grown into a multi-campus, widely diversified community college serving the entire New Orleans region. Part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and fully accredited by SACS, Delgado enrolls more than 17,000 students in degree, diploma and certificate programs, plus 15,000 others in workforce development and continuing education.

 

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