ICC Class of 2000 (Interpreter Preparation)
Transferred to Greenville College – Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership American Sign Language Interpreter, Freelance / Self employed
Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job.
I began my interpreting career as a freelance interpreter. ICC was one of the freelance sites. Access Services opened a permanent part-time position for an ASL interpreter. I applied and was offered the position. Such a wonderful opportunity to be on staff at ICC as an Interpreter. Eventually, that position became full-time. I worked in that capacity for 11 years.
Also, during this time I was asked to join the IPP faculty as an Internship Supervisor. I continued the role as Internship Supervisor even after I moved in 2013 and had to leave the position as Staff Interpreter.
How did ICC shape your future or help you attain your professional goals?
The Interpreting Program was challenging and provided tools that I have used my entire career. I learned ASL, Deaf Culture, and how to effectively process information as an interpreter. Not only did the IPP at ICC equip me as an interpreter, but I also learned so much about myself and what I can accomplish. I learned how to overcome obstacles and keep persevering when times felt impossible.
What does it mean to you to be able to teach at ICC and educate future ICC alumni?
Every Spring Semester students enter the semester feeling concerned they do not have what it takes to become a professional interpreter. There is nothing more exciting than watching the growth that occurs during the final semester. I am amazed every semester and so are the students. They do not believe me when I tell them how much they will grow during the 16-weeks.
What advice would you give current students at ICC to succeed?
When times seem impossible, know that they are possible. Persevere. Believe you can accomplish whatever you set out to do. Things worthwhile require hard work.