Interpreter Education




Jeffery York

Coordinator of
Interpreter Education

(828) 448-6028 (office)
(828) 475-0750 (VP)
Carr Hall [map]

A Career That Makes A Difference

Closeup photo of two hands communicating via sign languageThrough coursework and internships, you will gain skills in American Sign Language/English interpreting for this high-demand career through Western Piedmont Community College’s Interpreter Education program. We prepare you for an entry-level position as a sign language interpreter. The program also offers working interpreters with opportunities to upgrade their skills through in-service training.

Interpreter Education includes significant work with American Sign Language (ASL), exposure to the structure and character of the deaf community, and developing effective interpreting skills.

So where can I work?

The WPCC Interpreter Education program prepares you for entry-level jobs with educational systems or in a variety of community settings, including work with industry. Interpreters can also be self-employed on a part-time or full-time schedule.

Statistics from ONET Online suggest that the full-time salary (median to high) range for interpreters in North Carolina is from $38,310 to $80,000 per year.

Photo of Kay SmithMeet Kay Smith

It could have been a disaster. Kay Smith had her job outsourced and sent overseas. Years of mill work was gone. What would she do? Kay found her calling when she returned to school at WPCC, enrolling in the Interpreter Education program. Read her story, and her new and exciting career helping others.



Articulation Agreement with
Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University President Roberta Cordano joins WPCC President Michael Helmick in signing the articulation agreement between the two colleges.

Gallaudet University President Roberta Cordano joins WPCC President Michael Helmick in signing the articulation agreement between the two colleges.

Western Piedmont Community College and Gallaudet University have established an articulation agreement that allows WPCC students the opportunity to transfer to Gallaudet, the world’s only university designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

This agreement gives WPCC students the opportunity to study in the world’s only interpretation program that offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees.

Articulation Agreement with
Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University LogoWestern Piedmont Community College and Appalachian State University (ASU) have an articulation agreement that allows students to transfer to ASU and receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with the possibility of also working on campus as a student interpreter.

For More Information on Transfer Opportunities

For more information on the transfer opportunities available to WPCC students, please contact Jeffery York, Coordinator of Interpreter Education  at 828.448.6028 or by e-mail at


See An Interpreter In Action

Here’s a short video of an interaction featuring a WPCC student at Lady Fair 2017 in Morganton, North Carolina.

Program Costs, Graduation & Job Placement

Estimated Total Cost
for A.A.S. Degree

Approximately $5,500 Tuition and Fees
$76 per credit hour / 68 total credit hours
Books & Materials: $871.00 (estimated)

Graduation Rates


Job Placement


Additional Requirements for Licensure,
Certification or Approval


What You Will Study

The Interpreter Education program at WPCC offers you three options:

Interpreter Education student demonstrating American Sign Language

Associate in Applied Science

WPCC’s two-year Interpreter Education program has 68 hours of coursework leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree.


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Breann Talent, Kay Smith, and Joy Boyd teaching ASL at Lowes Hardware in Hickory, NC

American Sign Language Certificate

The ASL Certificate is a 17 credit-hour program that focuses on American Sign Language and is a job-enhancement for other careers and fields of study.


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Photo of Three Interpreter Education Students signing

Introduction to the American Deaf Community Certificate

The American Deaf Community certificate program introduces you to the American Deaf Community and is a job-enhancement opportunity for other careers and fields of study.


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