The VRS Interpreting Institute (VRSII) offers advanced training that meets the continuing educational needs of interpreters and interpreter educators. Read about all VRSII programs below. For more information, contact the VRSII at

Educator Empowerment Series

The Educator Empowerment Series (EES) classes provide ongoing training and resources for Interpreter Education Program (IEP) educators to enhance IEP curriculum. The program also offers unprecedented opportunities for professional networking and idea sharing.

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SVRS® Excellence and Innovation in
Interpreter Education Award

This Sorenson Communications-sponsored award recognizes Interpreter Education Programs (IEPs) that exceed educational standards by leveraging technology in IEP training. The winning IEP earns a grant, credits for the direct purchase of materials and the honor of presenting to other academic institutions in a best-practices showcase.

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School-to-Work Program

The School-to-Work Program is designed to assist recent Interpreting Education Program graduates in obtaining necessary skills to gain successful employment in the field of interpreting.

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The COMPASS Program was developed for heritage language users of American Sign Language (ASL) (Codas, Mother-Father-Deaf, Deaf-parented) to support development of their natural language talents and innate cultural understanding and to explore professional opportunities as ASL/English interpreters.

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Master’s Degree Program:

University of North Flordia

ASL/English Interpreting with Concentration in Interpreting Pedagogy

The VRSII and the University of North Florida have partnered to offer interpreters a master’s degree through distance learning that will prepare them to teach the interpreting process in colleges and universities.

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ASL Interpreter Graduate and
Undergraduate Classes

The University of Arizona

Through a partnership with the University of Arizona, the VRSII offers classes to ASL interpreters in a graduate or undergraduate capacity. Classes are taught on the University of Arizona campus, in Tucson, Ariz.

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