University of Northern Colorado retains grant for ASL program

Americas, News, October 30 2015

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $300,000 to continue an existing grant for a University of Northern Colorado interpreter education program focused on working in the U.S. judicial system.

In its sixth year, UNC’s Mid-America Regional Educational Center (MARIE) provides professional development for working American Sign Language-English interpreters throughout the country. MARIE also serves as the national Center of Excellence on Legal Interpreting.

The grant will cover activities for the 2015-16 year to allow MARIE to continue to use a blend of distance technologies and face-to-face activities to serve individuals within the region and throughout the nation.

Most of MARIE educational programming is offered in a series format (webinars); intensive onsite events, such as the ASL Immersion Program and the Court Interpreting Induction Program; or as multi-semester, certificate/intensive programs, such as the Legal Interpreter Training Program (LITP) and the Leadership and Supervision Certificate Program (LSCP).

Since 2010, MARIE, housed in UNC’s Distance Opportunities for Interpreting Training Center, has served an 11-state region comprising: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

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