The Interpreter Training Program at Pierpont Community and Technical College is a 2-year immersion program experience training students to become qualified in sign language interpreting.
Prior to admission to the Interpreter Training program, students are required to complete a one-year immersion certificate in the American Sign Language Communication Program. After meeting, or concurrent with the prerequisites, students make formal application to the Interpreter Training Program. All students must have a minimum ACT Reading score of 18 or Compass Reading score of 75 to apply. Students must be admitted to the Interpreter Training Program to enroll in any ITTP course. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all ASL or ITP courses to be eligible for graduation.
The career opportunities for an interpreter for the Deaf include educational, medical, legal, mental health, religious and community based employment. Some interpreters are self employed and contract with corporations and/or government service agencies.
It is important to note that upon completion of the Interpreter Training Program at Pierpont C&TC, the individual will have entry level skills. This means that further professional growth and development will be mandatory in order to attain the skill level necessary to interpret in medical, legal and/or mental health settings.