OCCC’s PDI lengthens its popular course for the community

PDI's beginning sign language class is expanded to eight weeks to benefit community

    (Published: 02-22-17)

Beginner Sign Language

Oklahoma City Community College's (OCCC) Professional Development Institute (PDI), a center of excellence for continuing education and workforce development, will offer its first 8-week beginning American Sign Language course in sign and conversational sign starting Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

The new eight-week, $69 course will include beginner sign and conversational sign instructed by Edith Daggs, a certified interpreter to the deaf since 1998. "ASL is the third most commonly used language in the United States, so it is a beneficial language to know," Daggs said.

The course will also include deaf culture, etiquette and interactive activities for students through games and student interaction. Students will receive in-class materials such as handouts and worksheets to assist in the learning process.

"Our new eight-week course was developed in response to community interest. What's more, is we were able to keep the same price while lengthening the course by two weeks. It's a great opportunity for professionals to further their communication skills, to learn another language and for family fun in an enjoyable class environment," says PDI Director John Claybon.

The course will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the PDI building, located at 7124 S. I-35 Service Road. For more information, please contact Kirstin Krug at (405) 682-7856 or kirstin.m.krug@occc.edu, or visit www.occc.edu/pdi.

OCCC's PDI launched over 15 years ago in response to the growing need for continuing education and workforce development in Oklahoma City, its surrounding cities and in the nation and furthers OCCC's mission to community outreach and education. The institute's program includes relevant and innovative training solutions taught by leading, certified professionals that meet the needs of the Oklahoma and national economy. Training complies with industry regulations and satisfies requirements for industry certifications, licensing and credit hours.

OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students and has more than 90,000 participants in its various community programs annually. The college is currently the largest adult basic education provider in the state. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.