ASL-English Interpreter Handbook


Grossmont College Accessibility Resource Center (A.R.C.) Mission Statement:


"We are committed to empowering people with disabilities with strategies for life-long learning as we create a partnership with our students in their pursuit of academic excellence and personal enrichment."

The A.R.C. department located at Grossmont College has been established to accommodate the academic and support needs of students with disabilities, as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008. The A.R.C. offers eligible students access to a variety of specialized support services and assistive equipment. These services are intended to accommodate students with disabilities in regular college programs and activities.

As an ASL interpreter employed with the A.R.C., you will become acquainted with Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD), and the many resources available to Deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students. The A.R.C. provides a wide range of of assistance to students with disabilities seeking higher education such as, equipment loans, note-taking assistance, Real-time Captioning (RTC), test taking accommodations, resources to Access Print, Sign Language Interpreters, and adapted exercise science classes.

The Accessibility Resource Center (A.R.C.) Core Staff & Faculty at Grossmont College Campus:

  • Marlene Barr: A.R.C. Counselor
  • Scott Barr: A.R.C. Counselor
  • Melissa Benton: Student Services, Specialist (Front Staff)
  • William Bown: Student Services Specialist (Assistive Technology Center)
  • Dr. Patrice Braswell: A.R.C. Coordinator
  • Carl J. Fielden: Learning Disability Specialist / A.T.C. Coordinator
  • Christine Ho: A.R.C. Counselor
  • Trang Nguyen: Speciality Lab Technician II (Alternate Media Services)
  • Jane Nolan: Learning Disability Specialist 
  • Cindi Posada: Student Services Specialist (Front Staff)
  • Denise Robertson: Interpreter Coordinator / R.T.C. services supervisor
  • Janet Shipstead: Test Proctor (Testing Center)

The A.R.C. office hours are Mondays & Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Summer office hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. / closed Fridays.

Location at Building 60-120
619-644-7112 voice (Main Office)
619-567-7712 (Videophone - Dr. Patrice)

619-567-4260 (Video Phone - Denise)
619-644-7980 (Fax)

For a time sensitive ASL interpreting need, please contact the Interpreter Coordinator at (619) 933-8191 cell/text/e-mail, or

The policies and procedures of this handbook are for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters working for GCCCD. In order to provide the best quality interpreting services, this handbook serves as a guideline. The word "interpreter" may be interchanged with the term "service provider." If you have any questions, please contact the Interpreter Coordinator at: (619) 644-7499 voice or (619) 567-4269 video phone.
This ASL Interpreter Handbook is available in alternative formats upon request by calling the A.R.C. at: (619) 644-7112 voice, or (619) 644-7852 voice.