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Spotlight: Inter-Institutional Collaboration: Our Process

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Inter-Institutional Collaboration: Our Process

by Kim Bates, Stacey Storme, Kim B. Kurz

Proceedings abstract

As one of the early (1980’s), and leading, programs in interpreter education, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, KS, once again is taking a bold, innovative step in collaborating with The University of Kansas-Edwards Campus (KU-Edwards) to re-envision interpreter education for this next generation. In 2016, JCCC announced their decision to transition from housing a two-year ASL-English interpreter preparation program to a American Sign Language Studies program. Simultaneously, JCCC faculty began collaborative discussions with The University of Kansas-Edwards campus administration, and the Director of KU’s School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. This is an ongoing collaboration which includes curriculum and outreach committees along with administrative support from both institutions. Program proposals are making their way through the appropriate University and Board of Regents channels for approval during the Fall 2018 semester. This paper describes the process of establishing this inter-institutional collaboration and developing undergraduate and graduate level programs which adhere to a language to interpretation model.

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About this Spotlight Series

CIT has played a significant role in the history of interpreter education in the United States. The conference proceedings on this page include workshop abstracts, papers, and business meeting minutes for many of these conferences.

The goals of the Proceedings Spotlight are to highlight:

  1. the valuable information and hard work that has gone into creating the CIT Proceedings,
  2. the importance of CIT in the history of interpreter education in the United States, and how conference proceedings have played a part in furthering interpreter education,
  3. different ways that Proceedings can be used to enhance and support research, education, and mentoring within the interpreting field,
  4. and positive outcomes, such as student success or enhanced skill development, as a result of applying the information shared within the CIT Proceedings.