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WRIEC - Western Region Intrpreter Center

History of RSA

RSA has had a long history of funding interpreter training dating back to the mid 1960s. Western Oregon University and El Camino College have had the good fortune of being RSA grant recipients for more than 20 years.




RSA funding began in 1966 when it provided grant funds to support the RID in its efforts to establish a professional organization for interpreters


RSA awarded a grant to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) for a series of pilot sign language classes and for assisting colleges and universities to establish sign language training programs.


RSA began providing grant funding to train interpreters to six institutions.


RSA expands its funding to ten post-secondary institutions.


RSA adds to national projects to its docket.


Western Oregon University was awarded RSA funding for the first time.


El Camino College received its first award.


RSA eliminates the national projects and reduces the number of regional projects from ten to five.


Concurrently, it establishes all new program protocols including the establishment of a National Center to coordinate the work of the Regional Centers.


Rather than competing for the western region of the United States, WOU and ECC chose to apply for funds as a single collaborative entity entitled WRIEC.


WRIEC sought and were awarded RSA funds to continue its work.


The Western Region Interpreter Education Center (WRIEC) continues to serve a successful collaboration of Western Oregon University (WOU) and El Camino College (ECC).



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