In 1999, the South Eastern Wisconsin Center for Independent Living (SEWCIL) opened an interpreting division. It's name? The Interpreting Department.
A year later, in 2000, The Interpreting Department broke away from SEWCIL to join with the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CDHH), one of HEAR Wisconsin's many old names. : Today CommLink has both full-time and part-time interpreters, and as our clientele grows, our need for more interpreters continues to grow also.
What does it take to join CommLink? Lots of training! Sign language interpreting is a Bachelor-level degree, including a minimum of two years in an interpreter training program. You must also fulfill certification and licensing requirements.
But is it worth it? Yes, absolutely! Our interpreters work everyday to ensure people can communicate with one another during doctor's appointments, business meetings, and many other settings. Interpreters are right in the middle of all those interactions helping people connect.