- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - District trustees have been asked to reverse their earlier decision to phase out the sign language interpreting program at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

The Daily Nonpareil reports (https://bit.ly/1HOmvLK ) that seven people testified at the board’s meeting on Monday at the Cass County Center in Atlantic.

Bob Vizz, who represented the Deaf Services Commission of Iowa, told the board that “the need is here, and we need to be able to accommodate the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing.”

Iowa Western trustees noted the costs and declining enrollment when they voted in May to end the program.

The board made no decision on Monday, but board President Randy Pash says Monday’s testimony won’t be ignored.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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