ASL English Interpreting Program awarded $10,000 from Sorenson

WU Journal Western Oregon Journal, June 3, 2009

Sorenson Communications awarded Western's American Sign Language (ASL) English Interpreting Program (EIP) a $10,000 Award of Excellence at the 2008 Conference for Interpreter Trainers, which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 22-25.

Elisa Maroney, coordinator of Western's ASL EIP, said the award money will be used to develop a research program to test the preparedness of Western ASL EIP graduates as well as help pay for all 18 students currently enrolled in the undergraduate program at Western to take the written evaluation of the national certification test. All 18 students passed the written evaluation, have taken the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) and are in the process of taking the National Interpreter Certification. Although total testing costs exceed what the designated part of the award can cover, the remaining $1,300 was covered through foundation funds and students' out-of-pocket money.

From Western Oregon Journal. Reprinted with permission. Back to Article List