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American Sign Language-English Interpreting program
Union County College’s American Sign Language-English Interpreting program is a nationally recognized leader for preparing students for careers in serving the Deaf community. Established in 1979 as NJ State’s first ASL and Interpreting program, Union’s Interpreting has achieved excellence by virtue of its nationally recognized faculty as well as innovative teaching that includes the State’s first state-of-the-art interpreting laboratory. Union’s ASL-English Interpreting program features a separate program for ASL/Deaf Studies, which primarily focuses on language, culture, and literature of American Sign Language and the Deaf community. The ASL- English Interpreting program enables students to develop requisite skills to perform as interpreters for all audiences, including those who can hear. The program’s three full-time faculty members are all regarded as world-class experts in this field and have published numerous ASL or interpreting-related works. Dr. Eileen Forestal has taught in the program since its inception. She is a reviewer for the Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education, which accredits interpreter education programs, and she has helped develop national standards for interpreter education. She and Dr. Cynthia Williams are nationally certified interpreters while Professor David Rivera is certified through the American Sign Language Teachers Association. These three dedicated master teachers engage in a continuous process of improving training materials and updating the curriculum. As an example, Dr. Forestal and Dr. Williams were one of the first to integrate Demand Control Schema into their curriculum, which led to presentations and publication of their work. 
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