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Center for deaf to host interpreter open house

The Utah Interpreter Program Lab at the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will host an open house at 10 a.m. today. The Sanderson Center is located at 5709 S. 1500 West in Taylorsville.

The USOR Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing reports a "dangerous" shortage of sign language interpreters in Utah, particularly in educational settings. Currently, the division reported, there are 74 "qualified" (Intermediate and masters level) interpreters working in the state. More than 400 additional interpreters are needed.

Salt Lake Community College's two-year program, Utah's only pre-service interpreter training program, prepares students to sit for novice level testing, after which the practitioner has up to three years to improve skills through on-the-job experience and mentoring. Pay for novice level interpreters in Utah's educational system ranges from about $9 to $16 per hour, and up to $20 per hour in the private sector.

For more information, call Mitch Moyers, outreach specialist at the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, at 800-860-4860.