Two former USF CSD students selected to participate in the prestigious VRSII program.

Sheyla Perez and Bailey McGowan were selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to attend the program, which only accepts 12 participants per quarter.

The VRSII is a world-class training facility that offers continuing education for ASL IEP graduates and IEP educators. The VRSII is the only organization in the United States that offers a program like School-to-Work, which bridges the gap from IEP graduation to work readiness. The School-to-Work Program is an intensive, 12-week interpreting immersion program. Graduates are prepared for ASL interpreting work and to take the performance section of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) National Interpreter Certification (NIC) test and the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA).  The School-to-Work Program offers benefits that are unavailable elsewhere. Students gain “real-life” experience by participating in professional interpreting internships.  They are immersed in deaf culture and interact extensively with members of the deaf community.