WCC offers legal interpreting, patient care technician programs

By on June 18, 2009

Sugar Grove–Waubonsee Community College will offer two new certificate of achievement programs in legal interpreting, beginning in fall 2009, and patient care technician, beginning with the summer 2009 semester. These programs will make an immediate impact in the in-demand fields of health care and legal interpretation.

Legal interpreting is a certificate of achievement that gives bilingual students, who are fluent in English and Spanish, the skills and knowledge to successfully interpret in a wide range of legal settings, including trials, depositions, lawyer-client interviews and other court settings. Students in the 17-credit-hour program will learn three types of interpreting— consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation. Legal vocabulary, the processes and procedures of the U.S. justice system, and the legal interpreters code of ethics and standards are all taught as part of the program.

The Patient Care Technician Certificate of Achievement prepares students to provide direct patient care in an acute setting. Graduates learn advanced nursing assistant knowledge and skills and will complete a hands-on externship in an acute care setting. This program provides an opportunity for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to advance their careers in the growing health care industry.