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July 1, 2005

Press Release-Students to Turn Off Their Voices

From: CCE-CSUS - Jul 1, 2005

Date: July 1, 2005
For immediate release

Contact: Bethany Boom

Students to Turn Off Their Voices

Sacramento State American Sign Language Summer Immersion Program

Sacramento, CA-For 12 days this summer, students of the Sacramento State American Sign Language (ASL) Summer Immersion program will completely turn off their voices and communicate only through ASL. The Immersion program takes place 24 hours a day from July 25 - August 5 on the Sacramento State campus.

"There will be absolutely no talking allowed," states Dr. Bill Vicars, Assistant Professor of ASL at Sacramento State. "Students will truly be immersed in the language- inside and outside of the classroom."

The summer immersion program is a first at Sacramento State. This final step in the ASL Certificate Program allows students to hone their signing skills far beyond a traditional classroom setting.

"Students will recognize that a very different world exists for the deaf," continues Vicars. "There is no better way to really learn ASL than to completely submerse your self in the deaf culture."

The Sacramento State College of Continuing Education offers the American Sign Language Certificate program, which enables participants to fulfill foreign language graduate requirements and develop the necessary manual communication skills to establish connections and work or interact with people who are deaf. The program also helps prepare participants to enter an interpreter training program. For more information about the program, visit

About CCE

As an extension of California State University at Sacramento, the College of Continuing Education encourages lifelong learning by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth and bridges the needs of the community with the resources of the university. The goal is to create, deliver and support programs that increase the quality of life for individuals, communities and employers while developing programs that educate the current and future workforce in the region.

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