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LRSC and Minot State partner to enhance interpreting education

By   Minot State University Public Information Office

Minot State University, Lake Region State College and the North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf/Hard of Hearing are collaborating to increase access for deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. A Bush Foundation Grant with a match from the Higher Ed Challenge Fund will assist in the program’s development. The school representatives signed a Memorandum of Understanding Nov. 18.

An innovative “2+2” program enables students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in American sign language and interpreting studies with LRSC and then transfer to Minot State to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in interpreting and sign language studies. Students can take the entire program from either campus or from a remote location, where courses are delivered via interactive live video technologies. Located in Devils Lake, the N.D. School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf/Hard of Hearing provides support to both LRSC and MSU through consultation and practical opportunities.

“There is a national shortage of qualified ASL interpreters,” said Holly Pedersen, Department of Special Education chair. “Our program allows greater flexibility for students to continue their education in the field of interpreting because they can access high-quality instruction from rural or remote areas.”
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Pictured, left to right, are David Zimmerman, N.D. School for the Deaf; Shevonne Putnam, MSU special education instructor; Holly Pedersen, MSU Department of Special Education chair; Doug Darling, LRSC president; Lisa Ginther, LRSC instructor; and Steven Shirley, MSU president; and Laurie Geller, MSU vice president for academic affairs. For questions, contact Pedersen at or 858-3846.