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Overview

  • Non-credit Fast Track program
  • Industry training, without the need for admissions testing
  • Full program offered at LSC-North Harris

Summary

The English/Spanish Interpreter Program provides specialized training for people who want to become professional community, medical, legal, business and/or conference interpreters.

Increased international communication in politics, science, technology, business, the arts and media has heightened the demand for highly skilled interpreters who can work effectively across language and cultural barriers. Moreover, under Title VI, Federal Agencies are required to provide Limited-English-Proficient individuals access to their programs and services, which generally  involves  services for  oral interpretation.

LSC-North Harris offers two Interpreting programs: Foundational and Advanced. Each program consists of 32 class sessions, three hours each, for a total of 96 hours. Upon completion of each program, students receive a Bilingual English/Spanish Interpreter Certificate from Lone Star College, awarding 9.6 continuing education units (CEUs). 

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Foundational English/Spanish Interpreting Program Learning Outcomes 

1. Interpret using the main modes of interpreting: sight-translation, consecutive interpreting and simultaneous interpreting
2. Interpret accurately and effectively in community settings adhering to a professional code of ethics and following the institution protocols
3. Interpret accurately and effectively in healthcare and medical settings adhering to a professional code of ethics and following the institution protocols
4. Interpret accurately and effectively in legal settings adhering to a professional code of ethics and following the institution protocols

Advanced English/Spanish Interpreting Program Learning Outcomes

1. Master the main modes of interpreting: sight-translation, consecutive interpreting and note-taking; and simultaneous interpreting
2. Interpret accurately and effectively in business and legal settings adhering to a professional code of ethics and following the institution protocols
3. Interpret conferences accurately and effectively in various settings adhering to a professional code of ethics and following the institution protocols
4. Use cutting-edge technology to interpret conferences remotely, via telephone or video conference applications

Admission Requirements

Students must take an Interpreting Entry Exam, which is an oral assessment of language skills in English and Spanish. It tests participant’s listening comprehension, memory and oral expression skills in both languages.

Contact

LSC-North Harris

Please e-mail Erich.G.Polack@LoneStar.edu, call 281.618.5564 for more information.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
FRNLC 2109142 Foundational English/Spanish Interpreting Program 96
FRNLC 2109143 Advanced English/Spanish Interpreting Program 96
Bilingual Interpreter Certificate Total 192

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Career Options

Salary information varies for career type1

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Interpreter2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Program Cost: Each 96 hour course cost is $1,283. There is a $25 fee for the Interpreting Entry Exam. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.