CCA's Translation and Interpretation certificate program has been cited for excellence by the Colorado Community College System not only for its work within the classroom, but also for its students' successful transition into the marketplace.
Marketing efforts, word-of-mouth, and a revised scheduling blueprint has helped grow the program over the last year.
The program first began in Fall 2009. Translation and Interpretation has since expanded to include courses over two semesters, to give students more time to learn the content and better intersect with regular class scheduling and financial aid windows.
The career and technical education program is skills development based and covers 16 credits. It teaches students simultaneous, consecutive, sight, and written translation.
"This summer semester we're offering both blocks of classes at the same time so students who started the certificate in the spring can complete it in the summer semester," said Ana Martin-Mejia, one of the program's co-founders. "But we're also starting a new cohort in the summer and if they take three classes as part of the full block, they can complete the certificate by the end of the year."
Graduates have found work in such fields as education, the courts, medicine, and via local conference work, among other areas.