RSA 2010-2015 Grant Goals
The Western Region Interpreter Education Center (WRIEC) is a successful collaboration of Western Oregon University (WOU) and El Camino College (ECC). WRIEC provides quality educational opportunities to interpreters at all skill levels; and serves as a regional educational resource for interpreters, rehabilitation personnel, educators, and deaf consumers.
The overarching purpose of the project is to enhance the deaf community's right to communication access, successful employment and upward mobility by increasing the number of qualified interpreters in the western United States and the Pacific Rim.
With activities generating from two regional offices, WRIEC provides interpreter education opportunities of scope and sequence to five target populations:
- recent graduates of interpreter education programs and novice interpreters;
- working interpreters, both deaf and hearing;
- deaf consumers;
- rehabilitation personnel; and
- interpreter educators.
Over the course of the grant, WRIEC will determine effective practices, create curriculum and provide direct training or services in the following areas:
- interpreting in the vocational rehabilitation setting to interpreters and rehabilitation personnel;
- deaf-self advocacy training to deaf consumers;
- interpreting in trilingual settings (English/Spanish/ASL);
- interpreting in specialized environments, including health care, deaf-blind and deaf interpreting among others;
- specialized services to the Pacific Rim; and
In addition, WRIEC will serve as a Resource Center providing an array of services, including but not limited to:
- Technical Assistance
- Lending Library
- CEU Provider
WRIEC's project goals are designed to be carried out in concert with the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC), the Regional Interpreter Education Centers, Local Partner Networks (LPNs) and other stakeholder entities.