ERIC Number: ED345796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Sign Language Interpreter Needs Assessment.
Oakland Community Coll., Farmington, MI. Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis.
In 1991, a study was conducted by Oakland Community College (OCC) in order to evaluate the need for a proposed Sign Language Interpreter program. OCC's study focused on validating and updating findings from a similar research project begun in fall 1989 by Macomb Community College (MCC) in Warren, Michigan. Federal and state legislation, data from the Michigan Occupational Information System, and related programs offered at institutions of higher education in Michigan and Illinois were examined. In order to assess employment prospects in the field, a telephone survey was conducted of two groups of local potential employers: educational institutions within Michigan (n=28); and regional non-educational entities, such as hospitals and governmental agencies (n=42). Study findings included the following: (1) educational institutions, in particular intermediate school districts, provided the major source of full-time employment for interpreters, while most non-educational entities employed part-time or contract interpreters; (2) 18 of the entities surveyed saw no identified need to provide interpreting services to their employees, customers, or clients; (3) interpreters employed by the state of Michigan earned between $19,982 and $29,086 annually, while most other pay scales were based on hourly wages ranging from $8 to $25; (4) three colleges in southeast Michigan provided interpreter training programs, which tended to enroll comparatively small numbers of students at the higher course levels; and (5) estimated equipment costs for an interpreter training program were between $4,000 and $5,000. Appendixes contain MCC's needs assessment study report, survey instruments, and a follow-up memorandum; a list of employers surveyed by OCC; information about the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf certification categories; and data from a register of certified interpreters in Michigan. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakland Community Coll., Farmington, MI. Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis.