FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT EILEEN O’DONNELL AT 203-332-5162 OR JACQUELINE LEO AT 203-332-5133

HCC OFFERING BASIC SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College next semester is offering a basic sign language course.

This new course, Sign Language 1, is being offered with behavioral and social science majors in mind, particularly Early Childhood Education, Human Services, and special education students. It contains the basics of other sign language courses, but with an educational focus.

“A number of students asked us about offering the course, saying it would be very helpful to them and would look good on their resumes,” said Professor Jacqueline Leo. “It’s designed for people who are going into education who will interact with hearing-impaired students.”

“Knowing basic sign in the classroom situation would be a tremendous help to the teacher,” she said.

While the course was designed around the needs of behavioral and social science students, the course is open to anyone, she said. Already, there has been interest shown from students in other majors, HCC staff members, and members of the community at large.

The course will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. in Room 140 in Beacon Hall. For more information, contact Leo at 203-332-5133 or Eileen O’Donnell at 203-332-5162.

Registration for the Spring semester is going on now. Students can register online through Jan. 30, or by mail, fax or dropping off completed paperwork in the lobby drop box near the Information Desk in Lafayette Hall through Jan. 9. Formal registration sessions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday. Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Late registration sessions will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 21,, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 22, , 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Classes start Monday, Jan. 26. For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-5088.

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