ASL/English Interpreting Program receives national accreditation

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting program has received national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE). Bloomsburg University is one of just 16 school’s nationally to have an accredited bachelor’s degree program.

The CCIE Standards identifies the knowledge, skills, and perspectives students need to gain in order to enter the field of professional interpreting. The standards give students, faculty, curriculum developers, administrators, employers, and consumers a common set of expectations about what basic knowledge and competencies interpreting students should acquire.

“CCIE accreditation shows prospective and current students that the ASL/English Interpreting program at Bloomsburg University has a vested interest in providing a top-notch educational experience for our students. Students know that our program follows rigorous standards and expectations so that upon graduation they are ready to work in the field of interpreting,” said Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Ed.D., program coordinator and associate professor at Bloomsburg University.

According to CCIE, the programs that are accredited are striving to be the best in the education of sign language interpreters, sharing a common goal of graduating highly qualified interpreters.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.