Waubonsee Community College has completed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts for the college’s Legal Interpreting Program. This agreement allows Waubonsee students in the program who have completed the course Introduction to Legal Interpreting (LGI100) to be exempt from the required orientation process to become a registered legal interpreter. Waubonsee students can now take the registration test immediately after completing the course.

This course can be taken by anyone with fluency in English and any other language. The course prepares students for the field of legal interpreting, not just Spanish-English interpreting.

After becoming registered interpreters, Spanish speaking students can complete the additional courses in order to gain the foundational knowledge necessary for the oral examination.

“This agreement is the only one of it’s kind,” said Michelle Evans, Assistant Dean for Health Professions and Public Service. “It is a great benefit to students of the program.”

Introduction to Legal Interpreting is offered at Waubonsee’s Aurora Downtown Campus on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon in the fall term, which begins in September. Seats are still available in the course. Visit www.waubonsee.edu/legal-interpreting to learn more about the program and opportunities in this field.

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