MCC Campus(s): Maple Woods
Program Coordinator: Chad Montuori, 816.604.3394
Foreign Language Interpreting FAQ's
How long does it take to get this certificate?
The certificate program is 15 credit hours and can be completed in one year. Two classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters as well as an internship in the summer. (Classes meet for eight weeks two evenings a week for approximately 3 hours.) The internship is under the supervision of a professional interpreter who will aid the student in using the skills and apply the knowledge gained from previous semesters.
Is this program right for you?
You're a good fit for this program if you have native or near native fluency in English and at least one other language. The objective of these courses is not to improve one's language skills, but to develop one's interpreting skills. Students who do not have a high oral proficiency in two languages should not apply. Please review the following set of descriptions that will help you determine if you are a good candidate for the program: Interpreting Skills Descriptions (PDF). If you feel that you would be able to perform at "Advanced-Low" or higher, please apply to the program.
How much money can I make?
Interpreters are in demand in a variety of medical, legal, social service and educational settings. They can work on a freelance basis or with an agency, and the rates of pay vary. An entry level interpreter can expect to earn $15-$25 per hour. An average yearly salary would be $18,000-$30,000.
How is the Program Structured?
The MCC-Maple Woods program accommodates a multitude of languages by spending some class time on theoretical and practical topics that are relevant to all interpreting students. English is the language spoken in class during this part of class time. For the remainder of the class, students are broken up into groups based on language pairs to practice skills to increase their proficiency as interpreters. Class size is limited to 28 students.
Is this the same as state or federal certification?
No. This certificate attests to completion of a course of study. Certification is done by professional organizations or government agencies. Advancement in the field may require further academic training or certification.
How much does the program cost?
Please click on the following link to see current MCC costs: Tuition and Fees.
Please contact the financial aid office at 816-437-1000 to inquire about financial aid opportunities for this program.
Any other questions?
Contact Chad Montuori - 816.604.3394