Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Interpreting the thoughts and feelings of another person involves a complex set of skills. Learning this complex set of skills requires developing bi-cultural knowledge and bilingual skills in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Interpreters also need to understand specialized discourse, nuances of language, and ethical implications of decisions made in the course of interpreting. First and foremost, an interpreter must accurately convey meaning.

In PCC’s Sign Language Interpretation Program, students develop the fundamental skills needed to begin working as interpreters, using the opportunity to practice interpreting skills in class and in the field with experienced professionals. Our program offers a wealth of resources, practical experience, and the knowledge needed to succeed.

Advanced Classes, Practical Skills

PCC’s Sign Language Interpretation program provides a foundation in advanced American Sign Language (ASL), as well as Deaf history and culture, field experience, interpreting theory, and plenty of practice in interpretation in classes and internships. While we offer the same academic approach as other programs do, we emphasize mastery of both the practical skills of interpreting and the academic skills that you need to be employable. Our graduates’ success demonstrates that we prepare interpreters to be true professionals who lead fulfilling careers.

Another advantage to our program is our location. PCC is in a large metropolitan area with a significant Deaf community. Students have many options for internships, networking, and socializing within the Deaf and Interpreting communities.

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Two year Certificate
  • One year Certificate: Deaf Studies

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

Our program has an articulation agreement with Marylhurst University, and a block transfer agreement with Portland State University. This makes it easy for SLIP graduates to transition to completing their Bachelor’s degree.

What's Next?

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  1. Students can begin the full-time, two-year program only in the fall term.
  2. To apply, follow the steps on the Sign Language Interpretation Admissions page.