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Extract: BrailleUpdate on textbook transcriber college courseNorthwest Vista College recently reported full enrollment in its online braille textbook transcriber course, a three-semester certificate program that began in August 2006. The 22 students currently enrolled in the program are from six states, and represent a variety of career backgrounds. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Solutions Forum, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, partnered with Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas, to develop a series of courses and a curriculum to train individuals to become braille textbook transcribers. The program was designed from the original WorkKeys--a three-stage employability skills assessment process established in August 2001 to define the tasks and workplace skills necessary for the profession of braille textbook transcriber--in addition to the 31 defined tasks that were found to be critical for the vocation or profession of braille textbook transcriber. (To view the tasks, visit the Training Work Group area at *lessthan**ampersand*#0038;TopicID=16
*greaterthan*.) The college has hired a full-time faculty member to facilitate the course, Melanie Marchand, a National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped-certified braille transcriber from San Antonio, Texas. Additional expertise is provided for the program by Vivian Seki, of the braille production center at the Education Service Center, Region 20 (one of 20 regional education service agencies in Texas), in San Antonio, and two other out-of-state braille transcribers.

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