Originally Posted by bridgek
I was wondering if you could offer some advice. I will give a little history about me first. I have always loved sign language. I fell in love with it at a young age, but it was hard for me to find classes. Well went through high school and just didn't put 2 and 2 together to figure I could make that a career. I didn't even realize it until my husband joined the army and it moved us to Georgia. I started taking ASL classes from a local interpreter who teaches classes. I have been in her classes for almost 2 years now. I keep taking them over so I can practice and you always learn something new. I go to as many deaf functions as I can with a husband in the military and having 2 small children. My husband is good about letting me go as much as I can. I went to silent weekend (sign language immersion) in November. I did that as a test to see if I would be comfortable enough to go on. I loved it so much and learned a great deal. I have read posts on here about the ethics and stuff. Some of the things I know I would be ok and I think I strong enough to try to limit the assignments if I don't think I could be a neutral person.
Anyways my dilemma, I have been searching for schools with interpreting training programs. I found one that has an associates degree online (it is big Deaf community where this school is). I know it wouldn't be as great to actually going to a campus. My problem is with my husband in the military we are suppose to move in the future. I would like to be able to stay with the same school. It is expensive since we are out of state, but that is my least concern I know I try to figure that part out. I was planning doing this online and then whereever we are, to continue take ASL classes and get into the deaf community as much as I can. If where I move offers the immersion I will try to take that again. Can you offer any advise. I really want to do this. I am not worried about the money interpreters make, I want to do something that I love. Thank you.
Which college online is that? I am in school for the same thing, I live in Virginia. There aren't enough decent programs to go around. I started at this school I am at now, wanting at least the certificate in Interpreter training, and then they discontinued it, but didn't tell me until after I had done all of the testing and financial aid stuff.
So anyway . . . There are only like, 3 schools here in Virginia, and I am trying to figure out which one of 2 of them I want to go to. But I did see that Spartanburg Community College is an online program for Interpreter trainining. Thats in South Carolina.
But, I guess I should get to some advice. My advice to you is to check all of your local community colleges, that is where it is offered here in VA. And I would totally go for it, because there are not enough interpreters out here, as well as enough people with love for Deaf culture.