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Subject: Deaf/HOH/Educational Interpreters/Upcoming Free Training

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Education Instructors, Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Interpreters

Date: May 1, 2012

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is again funding training sponsored by the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH).  The "Rural Educational Interpreters Skill Enhancement Training" will be an intensive two-week training held at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri from July 9-20, 2012.  The training will focus on receptive and expressive sign language abilities and utilize qualified instructors of educational interpreting, instructional materials, video-labs, targeted curriculum, and exposure to deaf language role models.  The goal of this program is to enhance interpreter skill levels to an intermediate level of proficiency.

A minimum registration of 24 people is required.  MCDHH is accepting applications for this program through May 15, 2012.  Please get your applications in as early as possible in order to allow time for the selection process.  Applications can be found at: http://mcdhh.mo.gov/documents/application2012.pdf.

Selections will be made by a review of the completed application and awarded based on the following criteria:

* Specific need due to Provisional Certificate in Education (PCED) expiration

* Current employment as an Education Interpreter for a Rural Missouri Public School System

* Current holders of a Novice or Apprentice Certification without a PCED

There is no charge to the participants.  Lodging will be provided.  Meals will be provided.

It is hoped that all participants will register for Missouri Interpreters Certification System (MICS) testing soon after completing this training.  MICS CEUs have been approved for this training.