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JALC Signs Agreement with Gallaudet University

JALC president Dr. Mike Dreith met with officials from Gallaudet University via video conferencing last week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will make it easier for students who earn their associate degrees at Logan to transfer to Gallaudet.  Pictured from left to right are: Sheri S. Cook, the director of GURC - Midwest; JALC president Dr. Mike Dreith; Jessica Lagona, interpreter; and Dr. Debora Payne, vice president for instruction at Logan. (Logan Media Services photo)

JALC president Dr. Mike Dreith met with officials from Gallaudet University via video conferencing last week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will make it easier for students who earn their associate degrees at Logan to transfer to Gallaudet. Pictured from left to right are: Sheri S. Cook, the director of GURC - Midwest; JALC president Dr. Mike Dreith; Jessica Lagona, interpreter; and Dr. Debora Payne, vice president for instruction at Logan. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Officials from John A. Logan College and Gallaudet University came together last week through video conferencing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the intent of facilitating the transfer process of academic credits of qualified students from JALC to a variety of bachelor degree programs at Gallaudet University.

Gallaudet, federally chartered in 1864 and located in Washington, D.C., is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. In 2010, the university selected JALC to be the home of the Gallaudet University Regional Center (GURC) for the Midwest Region. Along with Illinois, it serves 12 other states: Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

JALC president Dr. Mike Dreith said the partnership with Gallaudet is a positive one.

“I wasn’t here when the partnership with Gallaudet began, but I can see that it is perfectly aligned with the mission of John A. Logan College,” Dreith said. “The training that’s provided, the professional development, the transition and educational opportunities for life-long learning, and the empowerment of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their families, and professionals are all a good fit with want we want to do in our community.”

Dr. Stephen Weiner, provost of Gallaudet University, agreed with Dreith.

“Locating the Midwest regional center at John A. Logan was one of the best decisions we’ve made,” Weiner said. “There are wonderful resources there and so many skilled personnel. I feel that John A. Logan has a special energy. It’s a high-energy campus. We are really looking forward to continuing this ongoing partnership with Logan.”

Sheri S. Cook, the director of GURC - Midwest, believes the new agreement will strengthen the relationship between the schools.

“We’ve had two students from Logan transfer to Gallaudet already, but the process of looking at courses to see if they were accepted was a bit of a hassle,” Cook said. “The agreement we signed today will make it easier for a student who earns an associate degree at Logan to transfer to Gallaudet. We hope this encourages students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing or those who completed the Interpreter Preparation Program, to look at the opportunities offered at Gallaudet.”

For more information about the GURC - Midwest or Gallaudet University, contact Cook at 618-565-0054 or by email at shericook@jalc.edu.