May 19, 2016

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College President Dr. Ron House Thursday signed an articulation agreement with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The agreement allows Logan graduates to continue their education at the premier university for interpreter preparation.

“It (agreement) affords our students diverse and cultural opportunities not available anywhere else,” said Mike Coffman, JALC’s Dean of Career and Technical Education.

House, said the college is pleased to continue its partnership with Gallaudet.

“This partnership is a perfect match,” House said. “Gallaudet is nationally respected for educating deaf and hard of hearing students, and JALC’s Interpreter Preparation Program has a long history and national reputation for preparing interpreters to serve the deaf and hard of hearing.”

JALC’s Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Laurel Klinkenberg, said Logan has housed the Midwest regional center for Gallaudet the last six years.

“In strengthening our partnership with Gallaudet through this agreement, we are now able to offer students an educational pathway that is streamlined, which has been proven to impact student success during the transfer process and beyond.”

Klinkenberg added that the collaboration between the two schools will “impact the lives of our students and the deaf and hard of hearing community, which is a win-win situation.”

Because of the articulation agreement, students in the two-year associate degree program at Logan may transfer credits into Gallaudet’s four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program.

Gallaudet has signed similar agreements with Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif.; Austin Community College in Austin, Texas; Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colo., and with Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.

Gallaudet is the only university in the world to offer interpretation programs from the bachelor’s level to the doctorate level within a sign language immersive environment. Alumni of the programs work in settings such as business, education, government, theater, medicine, law, healthcare, and video relay.

Melanie Metzger, Department of Interpretation Chair at Gallaudet, said the university’s goal is for future interpreters to come to Gallaudet to get their education and head back into the world, into their communities, to make an impact.

“We are proud to partner with John A. Logan College in this endeavor and look forward to welcoming its students.,” Metzger said.

Gallaudet President Roberta Cordano said equal access for the deaf and hard of hearing is a fundamental right.

“Too many deaf and hard of hearing people today in this country do not have access to qualified interpreters,” she said. “There is a critical need for skilled interpreters to help us advance in our mission of equal access for all. Interpreters provide communication access for deaf and hard of hearing people in everyday life at schools, courthouses, and public meetings and during stressful situations such as in hospitals and doctors’ offices.