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Get Started in a Rewarding Career as an Interpreter

Are you are interested in a career as an interpreter? The Deaf Studies: Interpreting Transfer program will prepare you for this high-demand field. Interpreters are needed in just about all areas of life, including doctor’s offices, schools, places of employment, courts, and in numerous other settings.

Why Choose NECC:

Northern Essex Community College is the only community college in the region to offer American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting. The program is designed to prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree in Interpreting or a related degree – saving you thousands of dollars along the way.  With this program you can:

  • Learn about the language , culture, and community of Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind people
  • Gain real-world experience through an internship in your first semester working directly with members of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind community
  • Take part in networking opportunities with alumni and professionals in the community
  • Participate in NECC’s American Sign Language (ASL) club
  • Earn guaranteed acceptance into Framingham State University’s Bachelor of Arts Completion Degree in ASL/English Interpreting

Because of NECC:

Upon successful completion of the Interpreting Transfer Option, you can:

  • Take advantage of a transfer agreement to earn your bachelor’s degree in a Deaf Studies-related field, while saving thousands of dollars on the cost of your degree
  • Prepare to take the state-level Massachusetts Interpreter Screening through the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). MCDHH-screened interpreters are eligible for entry-level interpreting work.
  • Seek a career in a variety of settings. NECC graduates have gone on to work at:
    • The Learning Center for Deaf Children
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Deafness Education and Advocacy Foundation
    • Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    • Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • Archdiocese of Boston
    • Manchester, N.H. School District
    • Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    • Boston University
    • National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers
    • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
    • New England Homes for the Deaf
    • NECC
    • Salem State University
    • Beverly School for the Deaf
    • Sorenson Video Relay Service



NECC has a great ASL program … its flexible and affordable.”

Lina Garcia Kosko, Deaf Studies: Interpreting Transfer


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