News Release

Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Western Technical College’s Business and Industry Services Division is offering seminars on Workplace Spanish. Two different tracks will be offered at the Independence Regional Learning Center, 36084 Walnut St.

“Workplace Spanish for Human Resources” will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 9-30, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Topics in this training will include meeting and greeting; days, months, and seasons; numbers and money; time and timing; common terms; rules and expectations; job conflicts and phone calls; job performance; and accidents and emergencies.

“Workplace Spanish for Law Enforcement” will be held Wednesdays, Oct. 7-28, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Topics in this session will include culture tips; drug culture; meeting and greeting, and introductions; days and dates; time and timing; numbers and colors. Law enforcement basics will include expressions using in the field interview; immigration status; Miranda rights; traffic stops; and officer safety. Patrol situations such as DUI stops, sobriety tests and drug tests; weapons, gangs, and crimes; burglary and domestic violence; and questions, descriptions, and street control. Finally, 9-1-1 communication will include dispatch calls, located callers, and motorist injuries.

Participants will learn key words and phrases to communicate with Spanish speakers in a particular context. This is not a conversational Spanish class. A textbook is required for these courses. CDs for continued language practice outside of the classroom are included.

For details on this and other seminars, visit To register, contact the Business and Industry Services Division at 608.785.9232 or e-mail

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