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Eastern Kentucky University has established a new Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education, the only one of its kind in the commonwealth and one of only 34 in the nation. Housed in EKU’s College of Education, the department combines an Interpreter Education Program (a major in interpreting and a minor in American Sign Language), a Center on Deafness and Hearing Loss and an active outreach in-service training program. According to Department Chair Dr. Laurence Hayes, a significant increase in the need for interpreters is anticipated over the next decade.