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IPP Application Checklist

Thank you for your interest in the American River College Interpreter Preparation Program (ARC IPP). The program provides an integrated series of coursework in ASL and ASL/English interpretation. Courses are taught by an enthusiastic group of ASL and interpreting professors. And, we are excited to have access to the Sign Language/Interpreting Lab complete with Macintosh computers with built in webcams that allows for frequent student taping. Additionally we have a Screening Day where we gather collectively with local interpreters and Deaf people to select the ARC IPP cohort group.

Where to begin:

Program information can be found at the ARC Sign Language Studies/Interpreter Preparation Program website:

At the site, you can find a Program Summary that includes enrollment eligibility, enrollment process, program description, learning outcomes, required courses, and suggested course sequencing for students accepted in the Interpreter Preparation Program. You will also find an Application and this Introduction Letter. Please download these documents and read carefully.


The application and required documents must be submitted/postmarked by the second Friday in April.  In order to be fair to all students, no late applications will be considered.

Qualified applicants will be asked to attend an all-day interview/screening day on the last Saturday in AprilSave this date.

Application Process:

Step 1:  Read through the ARC IPP Program Summary.  Determine your enrollment eligibility.

Step 2:  Complete steps one and two of the Steps to Successful Enrollment at this link:

You will need your student identification number in order to complete the application.

Step 3:  Gather the materials in the Checklist below prior to filling out the online application.

Step 4:  Complete the online application

Step 5:  Submit the application and required documents postmarked by the second Friday in April.  In order to be fair to all students, no late applications will be considered.

Step 6:  Provide recommenders with your name, student identification number and this link: Link for Recommenders (if recommenders prefer to share a recommendation in ASL, please ask that they tape via youtube or vimeo and send a link to Eileen McCaffrey at

Step 7:  Qualified applicants will be contacted via the email, videophone and/or phone numbers listed on the application.  Qualified applicants will be asked to attend an all-day interview/screening day on the last Saturday in April.  Save this date.

Checklist of Materials Needed Prior to Completing the Application:

1.     American River College student identification number.

2.     Unofficial copy of college/university transcripts including American River College.  You will need these transcripts available as you complete your application. Submit your transcripts by doing one of the following:

Submission Information:
Eileen McCaffrey email:
Humanities/Interpreter Preparation Program
American River College
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841

3.     Work history information including position, dates, supervisor name and contact information.

4.     Names of two recommenders with contact information:  emails or Videophone/phone numbers.  At least one of the recommenders must be Deaf.  The second recommender may also be a Deaf person but can be someone who knows you professionally or personally.

5.     Prepare a 500 words or less format, describing your interest in the program, the qualities you have that would make you an effective interpreter, and your reasons for becoming an ASL/English interpreter.

Preparing for Screening Day:

There are many ways that you can prepare:

• Interact with Deaf people!!

• Practice with your ASL 1-4 texts.

• Practice with other videos. Watch the ASL signer, paraphrase the presentation in ASL yourself,

watch the ASL signer again and modify.

• Videotape yourself and get feedback from others.

• Work with a Deaf mentor.

Every semester, the Saturday before the semester begins, we offer the course, SILA 362: Introduction to the Interpreting Profession. This course is a one-day-Saturday, all day course that covers an introduction to the field of interpreting and an overview of the American River College Interpreter Preparation Program. This course will help you prepare for the ARC Interpreter Preparation Program.


Address your questions to Eileen McCaffrey, email: or phone: (916) 484-8198.


We look forward to receiving your application materials.