May 20, 2021 Grantley Adams

WINSTED, CT – May 20, 2021 – On Wednesday, May 26 at 4:00 pm, the Connecticut Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (CRID) in collaboration with Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) will host an online induction ceremony for this year’s graduates of NCCC’s Interpreter Training Program.  The ceremony will honor the achievement of the graduating students, who will receive their Associate Degrees the following day at NCCC’s Commencement, and welcome them into the organization of professional interpreters serving Deaf, DeafBlind and hard-of-hearing persons in Connecticut.  This year’s honorees are Jounique Davies of New Britain, Johanny Blalock of Waterbury, Keith Little of Bristol and Kyle Nye of Derby.  Featured presenters at this event include Interpreter Training Program Director Dr. Sarah Bement, NCCC President Dr. Michael Rooke, Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. David Ferreira, CRID President Christina Stevens, and keynote speaker Sara Gerhold, Scheduling Manager for Source Interpreting at the American School for the Deaf.

The Interpreter Training Program was established at NCCC in 1978, and over the years has attracted students not only from around Connecticut but also from throughout New England.  In order to be accepted into the program, students must demonstrate a minimal level of proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).  If necessary, many can attain this proficiency, which includes language skills as well as knowledge of the culture of Deaf people, through completion of beginning to advanced-level ASL courses offered by the College. The two-year associate degree program focuses on the development of interpreting skills between English and ASL, mediation of communication and cultural differences between Deaf and hearing people, and professional standards and practical ethical considerations pertaining to working with consumers.  As a culminating activity, students complete at least eighty hours of supervised practicum hours working in the field.

The Connecticut Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, a state chapter affiliate of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, was established in 1974.  As a professional organization, it provides opportunities for continuing education for nationally certified ASL/English interpreters, support and mentorship for associate members who are working towards certification, and, in collaboration with the Connecticut Association of the Deaf and other organizations, advocacy for legislative initiatives of interest to the Deaf Community.

Members of the press who wish to attend this virtual event or request further information should contact Paul Atkinson at

NCCC is closely following State Health Guidelines relating to COVID-19.