Interpreter Training Program

The 2021 schedule is not currently available. Please complete this form to be added to the waiting list. You will be contacted when the schedule is available. 

This free training program is for people who are interested in starting their interpreting careerUntil further notice, the classes are online only. 

There are three levels of training. You can do 1, 2, or 3 levels.  

The program may be a good fit for you if you: 

  • Want to work with a job counselor to set goals for your career. 
  • Want support to develop college academic skills.  
  • Are able to commit 6 or more hours per week to classes and homework. 

Please watch the following presentation to learn more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aES3TN2RPWg

Level 1: Get Ready 

Level 1 is an introduction to concepts and skills needed to be successful in the program. 

Academic Development  Career Preparation  Language Enhancement  Introduction to Interpreting  
Attend class and use multiple online learning tools.   Develop your resume, practice interviewing, and meet with potential employers.  Complete a 1-credit course at Century College and a language proficiency exam in your language other than English.   Introduction to ethical principles for interpreters and key vocabulary of the profession. 

Class meets two evenings per week for eight weeks. Homework is assigned weekly. 

Level 2: The Community Interpreter 40-hour training 

Complete 40 hours of training taught by Weaving Cultures to receive The Community Interpreter International certificate. A 40-hour credential is required by many employers before interpreting in medical settings.  

Complete 8 hours of medical terminology training.  

Class schedule is two evenings per week for 6 weeks or allday sessions for 3 consecutive weekends. 

Level 3: Century College 

Over two semesters, you will complete 9 credits of the Century College Translation & Interpreting program. The classes are: 

  • TRIN 1021 Translation Skills 
  • TRIN 1032 Ethics, Standards of Practice, and Decision Making 
  • TRIN 1033 Interpreting Skills 

Century class meets 1-2 times per week with an additional support class taught 1 evening per week. Five to 10 hours of homework are assigned each week. 

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Able to commit to a rigorous training schedule 2-5 nights per week & complete independent assignments.  
  • Desire work as an interpreter and authorized to work in the United States. Underemployed; looking for work. 
  • Bilingual; first language other than English. 
  • Have a high school diploma/adult diploma/GED (does not need to be from the US). 
  • At least 18 and not in high school during training. 

Application process: 

  • Begin by learning more about the program and interpreting work to decide if this program is a good fit for you. 
  • Set up an interview with Interpreter Training Program staff and complete an initial assessment. Email your resume before meeting for the interview.  
  • For accepted participants, complete forms and send eligibility documents to program staff. 
  • Meet with program staff to develop a goal plan for training and your career.  
  • Start training! 

With questions, contact Lisa Gibson, Career Development Counselor or Ruet Mamo, Employment Navigator. 

 

Contact

Lisa Gibson
Career Development Counselor

lgibson@mnkaren.org
651-202-3135

Eligibility

Able to commit to a rigorous training schedule 2-5 nights per week & complete independent assignments. 

 

Desire to find work and authorized to work in the United States.

 

Bilingual; first language other than English.

 

Have a high school diploma/adult diploma/GED (does not need to be from the US).

 

At least 18 and not in high school during training.

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