LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada State College celebrated the first graduating class from its Deaf Studies program. The program is the first of it’s kind in Nevada. The program launched in 2017 and offers a bachelors degree to students.
Professors with the program say the goal is to fill a void in Las Vegas.
“There is a huge need. Right now we are always looking for sign language interpreters,” said Nicole Dunn, professor at Nevada State College. “Often times we have interpreters that come from out of state to interpret for local assignments. By having a Deaf Studies and interpreter program, we’re hoping to be able to alleviate the pressure to hire other states to come, and we can supply the need locally.”
Across all programs, there was a total of 600 students who walked across the stage Tuesday night. It was the largest class ever from the college.
For more information about the Deaf Studies program go here.