by Kim Bates, Stacey Storme, Kim B. Kurz
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As one of the early (1980’s), and leading, programs in interpreter education, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, KS, once again is taking a bold, innovative step in collaborating with The University of Kansas-Edwards Campus (KU-Edwards) to re-envision interpreter education for this next generation. In 2016, JCCC announced their decision to transition from housing a two-year ASL-English interpreter preparation program to a American Sign Language Studies program. Simultaneously, JCCC faculty began collaborative discussions with The University of Kansas-Edwards campus administration, and the Director of KU’s School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. This is an ongoing collaboration which includes curriculum and outreach committees along with administrative support from both institutions. Program proposals are making their way through the appropriate University and Board of Regents channels for approval during the Fall 2018 semester. This paper describes the process of establishing this inter-institutional collaboration and developing undergraduate and graduate level programs which adhere to a language to interpretation model.