Save SSCC's ASL 3 Class

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For the past three years, I have been pursuing a degree at Southern State Community College, located in Hillsboro, OH. My dream? To be an ASL interpreter as soon as possible, and to get as much of my degree completed at my local community college as I absolutely can, both to save on costs, and to keep my money within my community.

Last year, Southern State started offering an American Sign Language program, with ASL 1 & 2 confirmed for sure, and ASL 3 offered as a possibility if we had enough students register.

Last Friday, August 21st, our ASL 3 class was canceled with no warning and no notification to any of the six students enrolled. Only our instructor made any effort to reach out to the students of her class, scrambling to find old email addresses and phone numbers.

No one in the administration was even courteous enough to send an email, and most of our class dropped below half-time requirements because of this arbitrary decision by the administration.

Following student outcry, our class was put back on the schedule, but the students were required to sign up again, and in the process, at least one student did not sign back up.

We five remaining students have already paid for our books, made trips to the campus and attended class, but we are being told that unless we get a sixth student signed up, the class will be cancelled. Of these five students, four of us are depending on this class to be able to attend Southern State, as we're required to have at least half-time enrollment to qualify for student loans.

At this time, things are looking pretty bleak. Many of the students from our ASL 2 class want to attend, but are unable to due to time restrictions or prior commitments. 

We students of Southern State have all had classes proceed with less than five students enrolled in the past, and feel that this is yet another example of the administration making budget cuts with no improvement in services offered.

Administration of SSCC, we are now at a turning point. Many of your art programs have been cut, and all of your foreign language programs were removed until the return of Sign Language. As a college dedicated to higher learning, you have a responsibility to teach the students that want to learn, or a decision to make. Are you a college, or are you simply a business, trying to turn a profit off of local students with no other options for higher education?

We want to learn. Please give us the chance.

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