This professional project is an assessment for the greater Chattanooga area on the need for an interpreter education program. Surveys were sent to stakeholders within a two-hour radius of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This includes American Sign Language students, working interpreters, interpreting agencies/organizations, and the Deaf community. The data collected from these surveys will be used to assess the need for an interpreter education program since the closing of Tennessee Temple University, the main source of interpreter education in the greater Chattanooga area. Should the surveys show a need in the deaf community and in interpreting agencies for more qualified interpreters, as well as a desire of interpreting students to have a local option for schooling, establishing an interpreter education program in this area could increase the pool of qualified interpreters in the greater Chattanooga area and offer better service to the deaf communities we serve.

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Professional Project

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Lisa Godfrey

Committee Member

Colleen Jones



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Text; Image; StillImage

Subject Categories

Language Interpretation and Translation | Sign Languages

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