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GURC provides a variety of different professional development opportunities in partnership with others.

Extension Courses

In partnership with Gallaudet University, the GURCs offer extension courses (as permitted by state regulations) for deaf and hard of hearing people, their families, and the professionals who work with them. The courses provide a unique opportunity to study with recognized experts in such fields as ASL Linguistics, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education and Interpreting. These courses are coordinated through the GURCs, often in collaboration with sponsoring agencies serving deaf and hearing communities. Sponsoring agencies can be schools for deaf students, special education school districts, interpreter training programs, or professional organizations. For more information about these course offerings, contact us at


The GURCs offer workshops related to a variety of topics, some of which are: literacy, family involvement, transition from school to postsecondary education and employment, educational interpreting, mental health, and student development. The GURCs can work with you to plan a workshop or conference that will meet the training needs of your school or agency.

The GURCs also provide coordination of workshops and training opportunities available through the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.


Our mission is to address the educational, transition, and professional development needs of deaf and hard of hearing people from birth through adulthood, their families and the professionals who work with them within the western region.

If your event focuses on the same needs, we may be able to provide sponsorship. We offer several different types of sponsorship depending on funding and staffing. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities contact us.

We look forward to the possibilities of the partnerships we can develop with you and your organization.

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