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 facilitate communication between Deaf and those who are hearing—and it remains at the forefront of study thanks to state-of-the-art digital technology used by high-quality instructors.
Interpreter Training (ITP) courses have special entry requirements. The Health Professions and Public Service office can provide further guidance and information. Please contact (630) 870-3900 or HPPS@waubonsee.edu.
Studying Sign Language Interpreting 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 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 Club, our sign language student club.
Working as an Interpreter
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 gain an engaging and rewarding career.
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.