WPCC Interpreting Education Students Get Involved in Community


Students in Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) interpreting education program participate in service learning volunteer projects and club activities each semester.

WPCC’s American Sign Language interpreting students, Stephanie Leslie, Areli Sabillon, Rachel Barefoot and Jessica Lambert volunteered at the 2016 Lady Fair health event hosted Carolinas HealthCare System-Blue Ridge on Saturday, March 19. Also, WPCC students volunteered at a local Valentine’s Day event for participants who are Deaf and Blind.

WPCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in interpreter education, a curriculum that prepares individuals to work as entry-level sign language interpreters who will provide communication access in interview and interactive settings. In addition, this curriculum provides in-service training for working interpreters who want to upgrade their skills.

To learn more about the interpreter education program, contact Danette Steelman-Bridges at (828) 448-6028 or dsbridges@wpcc.edu. Also, if you are interested in taking a 5-week Sign Language Class, contact Continuing Education at (828) 448-6707.

PHOTO CAPTION: WPCC Students David Yarbrough, Rachel Barefoot, Areli Sabillon, Jessica Lambert, and Stephanie Leslie (l-r) volunteered at a local Valentine’s Day event for participants who are Deaf and Blind.

Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  In addition to creating $177.8 million in added regional income, the College offers more than 100 degree, diploma and certification programs designed to provide accessible, high-quality education that improve lives and promote growth in Burke County.  For more information visit www.wpcc.edu