Degrees & Certificates
Communication is vital in any language, and with more than 6,000 spoken languages in the world, interpreters use their knowledge of language, culture and subject matter to make a difference in the lives of many people.
Waubonsee’s Interpreter Training Program was the first-of-its-kind in Illinois when it was introduced in 1975 to connect those who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who can hear—and it remains at the forefront of study thanks to state-of-the-art digital technology used by high-quality instructors.
Studying Interpreter Training at Waubonsee
Those who are deaf or hard of hearing have to trust their interpreters to communicate accurately and effectively. As a potential interpreter, you have to trust the educational program you choose, and that trust is well placed when it comes to Waubonsee.
Besides being a pioneering program in the field, our current instructors are nationally certified, experienced interpreters or skilled native users of American Sign Language who remain actively involved in the Deaf community.
You'll start with our sign language courses and then apply to officially enter the Interpreter Training Program. Once in the program, you'll learn more about the profession of interpreting. You'll also with expand your learning and experience outside the classroom in a variety of ways, including doing real-world interpreting at the college and other sites throughout the community, as well through optional participation in the the ASL-Deaf Connection student club.
Working in Interpreter Training
The interpreting profession requires a unique set of skills and abilities. You must be able to process information in two languages, maintain proper ethics and confidentiality, and undertake continual learning to keep up with industry trends. But in return, you’ll be helping individuals access a broad range of services.
Trained sign language interpreters are needed in many settings, including schools, hospitals, courtrooms and businesses. In fact, the number of job openings is expected to grow both locally and nationally in the years to come.