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Program Overview

The French language program at WNCC, located at the Scottsbluff Campus, is designed for both the true beginner in languages and those who already have some knowledge of the target language. The focus is on language development, along with cultural discovery. During the first year of study students meet with their instructor daily to ensure constant practice.

During the second year, students meet three times a week but are responsible for more individual work. Small class sizes provide more opportunity for conversation and individual attention. Students also attend "Live Language Lab" sessions with a French-speaking peer-tutor throughout the year, presenting learners with a unique opportunity to put into practice everything they are learning in class.

Another unique opportunity presented by WNCC is the short-term study abroad program offered every two years. Students travel to a French-speaking country for three weeks, where they stay with host families and study language.

Reasons to study French:
French is spoken in 32 countries worldwide, including the continents of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and several island nations French is one of the official languages of the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the International Olympic Committee, NAFTA, the International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, the African Union, the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International, and Interpol, just to name a few.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Arts in Foreign Language (French)

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, the median pay for Interpreters and Translators holding at least a bachelor’s degree was $45,430 per year. Growth in jobs for Interpreters and Translators for the decade 2012-2022 was projected to be 46%, much faster than average. (

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