Students wishing to get involved in an encouraging and fun environment filled with American Sign Language (ASL) can get on board with LCC’s Sign Language Club.
Throughout the year, the Sign Language Club provides opportunities for students to develop their ASL skills.
The Sign Language Club offers these opportunities through Star Search, Mentor/Mentee program, Sip ‘n’ Sign and special seasonal events.
According to Lindsey McKee, the communication coordinator for the Sign Language Club, not only do students partake in and attend these events, members of the deaf community come as well.
“Our events help students get more (sign language) skills and improve on everything that they’re learning throughout the semester,” McKee said.
“It’s a great way to learn new signs, gain insight and improve on skills with the people that know it best, which is the deaf community.”
Jahan Farzm, a participant in the Sign Language Club, explained that developing and perfecting ASL skills is the club’s main goal.
“It’s a good way for me as a deaf student to keep up with my signing skills,” Farzm said.
Farzm and McKee both encouraged beginning sign language students not to be nervous or apprehensive about these events.
“Everybody is nervous their first time signing,” Farzm said. “I was nervous my first time signing. I’ve had that experience and I get to share that experience with the first-year (beginning) students.”
McKee said she became a board member of the Sign Language Club because she wanted to give back the positive and supportive experience she received as a first year student.
“I used to be in that position and it was always a little scary to be the new student,” McKee said. “It’s a great and safe way to give back what was given to me. It’s a good support system for first year students.”
For more information, contact McKee at email@example.com.