“Red (Welding Instructor),
I feel that your program is top notch. Your instruction style is by far the best I have ever seen. I could tell from the day one that you really wanted us to do well. That is what will make you the best for years to come.
Thank you for giving me the tools to make a living.
Thank you very much for helping me learn a new trade. Red and Mark were excellent (welding) instructors.
I think your program is very well planned out and very professional.Thank you for giving me the tools to make a living.“
– Thank you, Doug Black (May 2010 welding program graduate)
“This class (Basic Sign Language for the Shop Floor) has opened my eyes to a whole new way to communicate and make me more aware of the A.S.L. culture. It has been very challenging but yet very rewarding.
It has amazed me on how much courage and strength that a deaf person has to have to be able to survive in a hearing world, and how ignorant we are to their culture.
I have realized how they are no different than us who can hear, but that we need to learn their way to communicate and we would be more united.
With having more knowledge of their communication, I feel that I can make a difference , understand them, and be more united with my co-workers.
I would really like to see more of our nation participate with communicating with all the different cultures of our world.”
– With Regards, David VanNatta (July 2010)
“Sign Language Class (Things I learned):
Before I started the class, I thought the only signs were the alphabet and numbers. Week one, I was surprised to find out there are signs for most words we use daily.
We learned right away that MOPS are important. “M” in MOPS is for movement; the way we move our arms and hand is how the deaf determine between signs. “O”rientation of our hands and fingers is just as important. “P”lacement of our hands and fingers also determine how the sign will be interpreted. The last is “S”hape; we need to recognize that the shape of our hands and fingers will also determine how the sign is interpreted. Together these four things are essential during signing.
During the class we learned probably over 200 signs: some of them are for family members, some for weather and emergency, and others involved our work and computers. Other than signs, we learned a lot about the deaf culture that I never realize. For example, as hearing people, we tend to ignore the deaf people, and that is the last thing they want. They value face-to-face interaction and never want you to pretend you understand them.
I got way more out of the class than I ever expected. Coming in, I was sure going to be bored. What I got was a good basic knowledge of sign language and more respect for people with hearing impairment in my life. The instructor is not only brilliant but did a great job of keeping the class interesting and made it fun with interaction with other classmates I had. “
– Al Burger (July 2010)
All of my life, I’ve been able to hear.
The sounds in my world, make it through quite clear.
Birds singing, frogs cracking, wind rustling in the trees.
The laughter of my children, a sound that does please.
These sounds that I hear, from whisper to a shout.
Are to numerous you see, To even count out.
From the crackling of a fire, to a dripping faucets leak.
Or the languages of this world, that all the nations do speak.
Like all other sounds, I’ve taken language for granted.
But in the past few weeks, some thoughts have been planted.
Not all languages are audible, they can’t even be heard.
For the deaf use their fingers, you must see every word.
I’m taking a signing class, taught by Audrae Wear.
She’s teaching bout a world, that’s always existed out there.
Of a group of fine people, from all nations and lands.
That speak to each other, by using their hands.
They have a rich culture, they get on just fine.
They paint quite the picture, whenever they sign.
And in a large group, they’re boisterous and proud.
I’m told the noise level, Can be really quite loud.
I talk some with Bill Hendricks, our shifts overlap.
We don’t say a lot, cause my signing is crap.
“How you doing?”, “I’m fine”, “See you later”, is bout it.
I’d like to learn more, and not be like a dim wit.
I’ve always believed, that all people have worth.
God made us all, all the people on this earth.
It’s all really noise, all the sounds of each day.
It’s not only bout hearing, we should see what we say. “
– Ken Leath (July 2010)