Genesee Community College Board of Trustees OK's New Deaf Studies Certificate Program

Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a new Certificate in Deaf Studies at its regular May meeting at the Batavia Campus yesterday evening. The new program will provide students with skills they can use in communicating with, and serving, individuals who are deaf.

The new program can be completed as a stand-alone certificate, or in conjunction with a Human Services degree. Some individuals may wish to complete the program in order to be employed as American Sign Language interpreters. Others may complete the program to deepen their awareness of the needs of the Deaf community, and increase their skill as human service practitioners.

The certificate program consists of ten courses, including four American Sign Language courses, English Communications, Introduction to Human Services, Introduction to Developmental Disabilities, Human Diversity, and Writing in the Humanities. Students will also complete a field experience in American Sign Language.

Western New York is home to two large Deaf communities, according to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claudia Moore, and there is a heavy demand for individuals who can serve deaf individuals, especially ASL interpreters.