Bethel Faculty & Staff to Learn American Sign Language

As part of National Deaf History Month, Bethel faculty and staff will have the opportunity to take a “crash” course in American Sign Language. Classes will be held April 7, 14, 21 in the Dining Commons from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 Deaf History Month is celebrated from March 13 through April 15. This is a time to recognize and bring awareness of local people who use a different language and practice a culture that differs from the American culture. The heritage awareness is an educational opportunity in the academic and community areas. It helps people understand more about the use of a different language and culture by bridging the group to a multicultural/lingual environment. 

Bethel offers a major in Sign Language Interpreting. The curriculum is aligned with Conference of Interpreter (CIT) and National Association of the Deaf (NAD) standards.  The skill mastery criteria are reflective of those outlined by Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). 

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart campus and satellite locations in Nappanee, Ind. and Dowagiac, Mich. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.