Pima and the business of language

Former Pima student Francesca Samuel is vice president of a group you probably never heard of, Arizona Translators and Interpreters, Inc. She also is the president of her own company, A la Carte Translation Services, a Web-based translating company.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 44 percent increase in employment in the fields of interpreting and translation in the next decade. Smart, capable people like Francesca are helping to meet that burgeoning demand.

Pima’s Translation and Interpretation Studies program on Friday held a special all-day event at the Downtown Campus for current and prospective students and community members interested in this exciting and dynamic field.

More than 50 participants attended “Tucson Speaks: The Business of Language.” The event attracted several employers and about a dozen participating exhibitors, and included workshops and a bilingual career fair.

Events like this serve many purposes, one of which is to remind our community of the diverse kind of programs we offer at Pima. Our program, which offers both an Associate of Applied Science degree and a certificate, is helping to fill a critical need in our border state. Given the increasing pace of globalization, it’s easy to see how its importance can only grow.

Taking courses at Pima in Translation and Interpretation Studies “changed my life,” said Francesca said. “There is a great need for professional translators and interpreters in Arizona, and Tucson, being in the southern part of the state, is no exception.”

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