Two new associate degree programs add to CFCC’s diverse offerings

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CFCC will offer two new academic programs starting in August 2015 which will help students qualify for jobs in two different areas.

Interpreter Education – Associate Degree

CFCC’s new program in interpreter education will prepare students to work as entry-level sign language interpreters and will also provide additional training for current interpreters who want to upgrade their skills. Main course work includes learning the grammar, structure and processes associated with American Sign Language. Students will learn and practice skills needed to interpret between sign language and English.

Classes will be held at the North Campus in Castle Hayne.

Graduates of the program will qualify for entry-level jobs in a variety of settings, but there is a particularly strong demand in our area for interpreters in educational institutions.

Estimates indicate that there are between 500,000 to 2 million people who use American Sign Language in the United States. The need for more skilled sign language interpreters is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for interpreters is expected to increase by 46% through 2022.

The median salary for interpreters is $21.84 per hour.

American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Baking and Pastry Arts – Associate Degree

If you think you’d like to take your baking skills to the next level, check out CFCC’s new associate degree program in baking and pastry arts. Much like CFCC’s well-known culinary arts program, the baking program takes a comprehensive, hands-on approach to baking in a commercial setting.
Classes will be held at the Wilmington Campus in downtown Wilmington. The classes will be located in the college’s existing culinary arts facilities and be taught by experienced chefs.

The program is designed to prepare students to work in the baking/pastry industry including restaurants, hotels, independent bakeries, markets and high-volume bakeries.

Graduates should qualify for entry-level positions as a bakery assistant, area pastry chef or assistant pastry chef. American Culinary Federation certification will also be available to graduates.

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