New River Community and Technical College is offering Sign Language I and II courses at the college’s campus near Beaver, West Virginia, this fall, according to school officials.

The five-week classes are scheduled for Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sign Language I starting August 29, 2019, and Sign Language II starting October 10, 2019.

Sign Language I will provide an introduction to sign language and Deaf Culture, including an overview of American Sign Language and fingerspelling, and introduction to the alphabet, numbers, basic signs, family signs, education signs, daily living signs, and food signs. Students will learn over 100 ASL words and learn how to communicate with one another in basic sentences.

Sign Language II will build on the signs taught in the first class.

Tuition is $75 for each five-week class, and preregistration is required by August 22 for Sign Language I and October 3 for Sign Language II.

Sign language classes will also be offered at the college’s campus in Summersville. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. with a beginner sign language class starting August 20 and a sign language interpreting class starting October 1.

For more information about community education classes at New River CTC or to register visit the school website or call a Workforce Education Program Specialist, Gloria Kincaid at 304-793-6101 or Jeanne Stone at 304-883-2469.

New River’s Workforce Education Division provides community education classes and employable educational opportunities including noncredit courses, workforce development programs and customized training.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia at its Greenbrier Valley campus at Lewisburg, its Mercer County campus at Princeton, its Nicholas County campus at Summersville, and its Raleigh County campus at Beaver.