CRESSON, Pa., July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE)—the preeminent accrediting body created to assess professional sign language interpreter programs at colleges and universities across the country—has just announced that Mount Aloysius College's (http://www.mtaloy.edu/) American Sign Language Interpreter bachelor's program is one of only 12 nationally to have achieved its accreditation, and the only CCIE accredited program in Pennsylvania and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley congratulated the ASL/English Interpreter faculty whose excellence is reflected in the CCIE Accreditation. "Our interpreting students really benefit from an attentive faculty who offer students one-on-one support throughout their education," he said. "The students excel due to small classes, a high-tech interactive ASL lab, an active student-run club, and faculty-driven innovations that closely connect our students to members of the deaf communities throughout our portion of Pennsylvania."
Associate Professor of the American Sign Language/English Interpreting program at Mount Aloysius College, Kierstin Muroski remarked that the accreditation process was both rigorous and exacting. "Everyone associated with the Mount Aloysius College ASL/English Interpreter program is affirmed by our CCIE Accreditation. Our students are career-oriented and they understand the technique of mediating communication between two cultures—the hearing culture and the unique culture of the deaf," she said. "Our program has a long history, and has built sturdy bridges between the college and the deaf communities of central and western Pennsylvania. We believe that those relationships and the learning infrastructure created by the college mark our program as an outstanding place for students to prepare for a great career as an American Sign Language interpreter."
The Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education CCIE was founded in 2006 to promote professionalism in the field of sign language interpreter education through the process of accreditation. CCIE was established after nearly two decades of collaborative efforts of six stakeholder organizations, the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc., National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada and the American Sign Language Teachers Association. In 2008, CCIE became a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
SOURCE Mount Aloysius College