Fast Track Program:
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Program Open to:
Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people who are proficient in sign language. While on site, GDC has a "voices off" policy in respect for the students and teachers which means all Global Ambassadors will have to be able to effectively communicate with others using sign language.
The purpose of the Fast Track Program is to provide young Deaf adults with the skills to pass the national exam so they can matriculate into college and become professional teachers of Deaf children in Jamaica. These three program opportunities have been created to help prepare Deaf Jamaicans to enter college:
July Fast Track Program: Global Ambassadors will work for four weeks in July 2008 to provide intensive tutoring to Deaf Jamaicans on their English skills in order to prepare them to pass the government's college entrance exam. To this date, no Deaf Jamaican has passed this exam. The Fast Track Program is designed to give a select group of Deaf adults the assistance they need to enter a Jamaican teacher's training college. Thirty Deaf adults have been selected to receive this intensive program in order to be prepared to enter college in 2008. The Jamaican Association of the deaf (JAD) and the Literacy Skills Support Teacher will work closely with Global Ambassadors to help create lesson plans and be available to assist wherever possible.
Year Long Fast Track Program: Global Ambassadors will provide ongoing tutoring support to Deaf adults in Jamaica's Fast Track Program at any time throughout the year. Global Ambassadors will work closely with the Literacy Skills Support Teacher in creating and designing appropriate lesson plans and activities.
Interpreter Support: Global Ambassadors and the Literacy Skills Support Teacher will facilitate a week-long workshop on creating norms, a code of ethics, and professionalism in interpreting. Diverse activities will be planned prior to the summer workshop to motivate potential interpreters to pursue this career path.