by Su Kyong Isakson
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This paper recounts our experience implementing service learning at a two-year program in a community college. Our program piloted service learning in upper level American Sign Language and interpreting-skills courses, resulting in over 650 contact hours of service with community partners. In addition, we hosted a symposium with the goal of deepening our commitment to the service learning model, while providing neighboring institutions and prospective Deaf community partners guidance and education for implementation in their area. This paper will review the institutional assets, program supports, training and classroom resources utilized, as well as, reflections and lessons learned by faculty in this endeavor. Educators and administrators of IPPs who have considered incorporating service learning will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to undertake service learning at a programmatic level.