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Professional Spanish (SC)

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Are You Interested in Learning a Second Language?

Do you want to grow your career by helping others bridge the language barrier between English and Spanish? Expand your career opportunities by learning to communicate and work cross-culturally. 

Having a solid background in basic Spanish has never been more valuable in business, education, and everyday communication. Spanish is the world’s second in terms of native speakers, and nearly 30% of households in California speak Spanish. And, learning another language improves your memory and your attention span, as well as helps you think more logically. 

Develop an understanding and appreciation of the Spanish language and culture, and open the door to communicating with the Spanish-speaking world.

Careers in Professional Spanish

The ability to write and speak Spanish will put you far ahead in today’s job market. The number of native Spanish-speakers in the United States continues to grow, especially in California, so being able to communicate with all clients, coworkers, students, and fellow Angelenos is essential. 

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a background in Spanish: 

Career information below is taken from bls.gov February 2020. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make to convert them to written reports.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Postsecondary nondegree award
 $34,050/year 
$16.37/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
2,260

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on the menu, or plan menu.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school diploma or equivalent $29,480/year $14.17/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
61,160

 

Sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips in both English and Spanish.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree
$47,260/year $22.72/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 10% increase
(much faster than average)
4,660

Provide customer service in English and Spanish. Take phone calls, answer custom inquires, translate documents, and solve customer issues. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college
$40,540 /year
$19.49/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 2% increase
(slower than average)
77,870

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Professional Spanish

You can get a Skill Certificate (SC) through LASC’s Professional Spanish program and master the fundamentals of pronunciation and structure of the Spanish language and learn how to converse with increased proficiency to launch your career:

  • Develop your ability to understand, speak, read, and write simple Spanish using basic vocabulary and native expressions. You’ll learn to correctly and effectively communicate in Spanish, particularly how to interact to individual needs in the areas of public service, business, and community activities to make you more marketable when you’re looking for a job!
  • Study verb tenses and various aspects of Hispanic culture based on readings to help you develop your conversational abilities so you can hold a conversation in Spanish.
  • Express yourself fluently and correctly in Spanish using the past, present, and future tenses. You’ll learn how to hold conversations around everyday topics, current events, and cultural materials by role-playing structured situations in Spanish.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? Visit your academic counselor to find out how you can benefit from going to a four-year college or university to gain even more academic knowledge to build upon what you will learn at LASC and allow you to become fluent in Spanish.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review LASC’s Professional Spanish Skill Certificate and our required course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 1105.05

Total Units Required: 15

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Pronounce Spanish words clearly and correctly.
  • Give instructions and information to Spanish-speaking clients in a variety of business situations.
  • Write simple letters and memos in Spanish.
Required Courses: Units
SPANISH 1 Elementary Spanish I  
3
SPANISH 2 Elementary Spanish II  3
SPANISH 14 Spanish for Public Service Personnel  3
OR
SPANISH 24 Spanish for Medical Personnel
3
SPANISH 8 Conversational Spanish
3
TOTAL UNITS 15

Get Ready Before You Start

Before your first class starts at LASC, you can start preparing for your career:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, develop your Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss what additional support services and opportunities you can be a part of. This is a great time to let your counselor know what your career goals are to find out if continuing your education would be beneficial.
  • Still in high school? If available, enroll in Spanish courses to build your foundation of the language. Look for free phone apps to help you learn vocabulary and pronunciation. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

After you successfully complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Pronounce Spanish words clearly and correctly.
  • Give instructions and information to Spanish-speaking clients in a variety of business situations.
  • Write simple letters and memos in Spanish.