The goal of this professional project is to generate a proposal for a sign language interpreter training program at California State University of Bakersfield, constructed from research on the community’s needs in Bakersfield. Surveys will be issued to all stakeholders such as, American Sign Language students, working interpreters, interpreting agencies and the Deaf and hard of hearing community of Bakersfield. The data collected from these groups will provide information on the current state of the interpreting field in Bakersfield. This data collected from surveys will be used to support the proposal for an interpreter training program at California State University Bakersfield. Any issues that arise, related to the interpreting field in Bakersfield, from the surveys will be addressed and possibly researched as well. While this project is specific to Bakersfield, this information could be of use to others as well, to improve their community and field of interpreting.

Exit Requirement

Professional Project

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Stacy Lugo

Committee Member

Kiarah Moore


Interpreting, ASL, ITP



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Subject Categories

Education | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

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