Earn a high wage and enjoy a flexible schedule while helping an underserved population receive the critical medical, social, and legal services they need by becoming a certified language interpreter. Using the language skills students already have, this program teaches students how to be qualified language interpreters in state service agencies, medical environments, and in state and federal courts.
Enrollment is open throughout the year.
Full-time students can generally complete the certificate option in one year, while the associate's degree takes about two years.
Students are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center.
Students who earn a certificate or associate's degree in language interpreting from Pierce are prepared for entry-level positions in that field. However, credits included in the associate's degree option may be transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer into a four-year program are asked to work closely with their academic advisor.
Special program notes
Pierce's language interpreter courses are taught by caring instructors in an open, welcoming environment. Class sizes are kept intentionally small to ensure all students receive the guidance and personal instruction they need.
Also, as an Integrated Basic Education Skills program, students may be eligible to receive supplemental instruction to help boost their English and other basic skills.
Certified language interpreters are widely needed in state service agencies, hospitals and medical clinics, and throughout the state and federal courts systems. This is a growing field and well-trained interpreters are in high demand.