Richland Community College could offer sign language degree

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DECATUR - Richland Community College officials say that students could soon have the chance to pursue an American Sign Language degree.

Currently, RCC students can take sign language courses for transferable credit.  However, the college could start offering an American Sign Language degree by the 2015-2016 school year if approved by the Illinois Community College Board.

According to Richland Dean Lily Siu, interpreters are needed by social workers, medical providers, in the criminal justice field, and in schools, and that there's a shortage of individuals certified in sign language.  Siu also says about 20 students are taking sign language classes at the college, but the degree program could attract more.
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