This application requires an Essay and an ASL Video sample at the time of submission. Read all of the instructions and prepare your essay and video before you apply to ensure your submission is complete at the time that you apply. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
“Is Interpreting the Career for Me?”
In a carefully crafted essay, share with us why you will make an outstanding sign language interpreter. Include any relevant information about past work or personal experiences that demonstrate your aptitude for the physical and intellectual demands of a sign language interpreter. Additionally, describe your experience with American Sign Language including coursework, family, and social interaction.
Note: This essay will be judged on vocabulary, grammar, mechanics, style and creativity. It must be typed, double-spaced, and no more than two pages. You will be asked to verify that you received no assistance in writing this essay.
You must submit a video sample demonstrating your skills in American Sign Language with your application.
Answer the following questions using your best ASL skills. Do not rehearse. We want a natural sample of your signing ability at this time. You may use notes. You may refer to them, but do not read your notes while signing. Please keep your answers to these questions under five minutes.
Upload your video to YouTube (preferred, instructions below) or other webhosting service, as long as you can add an accessible URL to your program application, and submit the link with your application. Do not submit video files directly by email.
You may submit your video on a DVD or thumb drive in person to our program; however, online submission is preferred. If you must submit the video on a DVD or thumb drive, mail or drop off at:
1801 Panorama Drive
Bakersfield, CA 933015
ATTN: Jaclyn Krause LA 211
If you have questions, please contact:
NOTE: ASL/English Interpreting courses have a prerequisite of having completed ASL 4 or the equivalent.
PRIORITY CONSIDERATION GIVEN TO APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY APRIL 12, 2019
NOTE: If you are not currently a student at BC, acceptance into this program is dependent on your acceptance into Bakersfield College. You must complete enrollment requirements as soon as possible.
YouTube is the preferred method for submitting your video sample. These instructions will help you if you are not familiar with using YouTube and sharing videos.
All Bakersfield College students have a Gmail account. If you are not already a Bakersfield College student and do not have a Gmail account, you must create one to log in to YouTube.
I have prepared my essay and my video and am ready to apply