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Interpreting Services

ASL-English Interpreter Handbook



Every semester the Interpreter Coordinator will send out emails requesting Interpreter availability and class subject preference. Please make sure to communicate any subjects that you do not feel comfortable working (e.g. Human Sexuality, Physics etc.). All interpreters are responsible to update their availability with the Interpreter Coordinator regularly. Please communicate all availability changes via e-mail.

Once all necessary hiring paperwork, TB test, and Live Scan have been completed and GCCCD Employment Services has approved employment, the Interpreter Coordinator will assign classes and direct you on how to pick up a staff parking permit. To locate your assignments, please check the online campus map for construction updates, possible closed parking lots, location of restrooms, Bookstore, Cafeteria, etc.

Employment as an ASL-English Interpreter / Non-Academic-Non-Classified employee (NANCE), or as a private vendor Captioner/Transcriber, will be contingent upon DHH student needs and enrollment, and/or at the discretion of A.R.C. However, when accepting assignments, this is for the duration of the entire semester unless otherwise specified. Any special events, vacations, or personal appointments must be disclosed at the beginning of the semester before accepting work. Please make personal appointments outside of your committed time working at Grossmont College. All Interpreters are responsible to access the current online semester class schedule and know when campus is closed for holidays or breaks, and the week of finals. The current class schedule can be found in PDF form at the Grossmont College website in WebAdvisor:

The Interpreter Coordinator has the responsibility of assessing/evaluating the ASL-English skills of all prospective interpreters for assignments. This assessment process is based on the following criteria:

  • Interpreter national certification, education, interpreting strengths, background experience, and availability.
  • The student's language modality (ASL, Signed English) and background.
  • Difficulty of class subject and length.
  • Preferences of the DHH student, Deaf faculty, and interpreter-teams.

When scheduling, the goal of the Interpreter Coordinator is to provide the best match between the interpreter and the DHH student, the instructor, and the class subject.

Note: Upon agreement to work for GCCCD as a NANCE, interpreters cannot accept work at Grossmont College from other interpreting agencies unless specifically authorized by the Intepreter Coordinator. If you are offered an assignment from an agency, then contact the Interpreter Coordinator to communicate your availability to work as a Grossmont College Staff member.

Professional Development

Interpreters are encouraged to seek out professional development and to join local professional interpreting organizations (i.e. San Diego County RID, YPIN etc.). Advancement to the next interpreter pay rate is contingent upon obtaining national certification, professional development, and a higher education degree (See Appendix C).

Last Updated: 09/26/2018
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