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American Sign Language & Deaf Culture becomes full-time course at Lakeland

Lakeland students will be able to enrol for full-time American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Studies starting in September 2019.

The program is currently online or in a classroom at the Alberta School for the Deaf in Edmonton. In a news release Thursday, Lakeland says the program currently takes students two years to complete, it will take one year if done full-time. Lakeland has offered the program in Edmonton since 2005.

Dean for the School of Health, Wellness and Human Services Janice Aughey says the program will still be offered part-time for students who don’t want the accelerated courseload.

“By giving our students the option to take this program full-time means they will be eligible for financial aid and awards. It also promotes language skill development at a faster pace, which may be appealing to those students who continue their studies in our sign language interpretation program.”

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Students in the in the program learn American Sign Language skills, history, current trends and issues in the Deaf community. Lakeland says people from a range of professions such as social workers take the program to help communicate with those around them. 39 students are currently enrolled in the part-time certificate program.

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