Spanish Training

Overview

The Indiana Supreme Court through the Indiana Office of Court Services partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to develop a workplace Spanish curriculum for court employees. The curriculum is presented through 24 hours of instruction. The course is delivered in three formats: (1) classroom instruction course, (2) instructor led online instruction course, and (3) self-study online course. The course materials contain basic information court employees need to effectively communicate information to Spanish-speaking individuals. Along with the materials, participants receive opportunities for skill practice and audio files to assist in maintaining the skills learned in this course. Topics in the course include: greetings and introductions; dates and times; numbers; telephone reception phrases; eliciting personal information; providing directions to other offices; explaining courtroom procedures; referencing court documents; and much more.

This course is designed to provide basic means of communication and will not result in Spanish fluency.

If you are interested in the instructor led online course or the self-study online course, please review the computer specifications and set-up information prior to registering for these courses.

Course Eligibility

Trial Courts of Record

This course is open to any employee in the State of Indiana who directly reports to a judicial officer of a trial court of record or employees of the Clerk’s office assigned to work with the courts (i.e. judicial officers, probation officers and staff, court staff, certified court alcohol and drug program staff, court clerks).

City and Town Courts

Judges and certain court staff working for a city or town court are also eligible for this course. Please contact LaKesha Triggs, at 317-234-9567 or lakesha.triggs@courts.in.gov, before submitting an enrollment form to Ivy Tech Community College. The tuition and course material expenses for authorized participants from trial courts or city and town courts are paid by the Indiana Office of Court Services.

Other Criminal Justice Entities/Personnel

Employees of non-probation based community corrections programs, attorneys, prosecutors offices, public defender offices may participate in this course on a self-pay basis. Please note on your enrollment letter to Ivy Tech that you are required to pay for this course.

Registration Information

Registration is coordinated by the Ivy Tech Community College. To register for one of these course formats, please contact Katrina Jones at 317-917-5993 or katjones@ivytech.edu.

If you are eligible under the trial courts of record or city and town courts categories, send the Ivy Tech representative an official letter of authorization from a judicial officer of the court of record. The format for the authorization letter is provided below. (Please note for city and town court personnel, you must contact LaKesha Triggs, at 317-234-9567 or lakesha.triggs@courts.in.gov, before submitting this enrollment letter.)

If you are eligible under the self-pay category, send the Ivy Tech representative an official letter on agency letterhead noting you wish to enroll in the WorkPlace Spanish® Training for the Indiana Judicial System and that you are obligated to pay for tuition and book expenses

Withdrawal Policy

The course has a Withdrawal Fee Policy. Please be sure you are aware of the terms and your responsibilities under this policy.

Questions

If you have a question or would like more information about this program, please contact LaKesha Triggs at 317-234-9567 or lakesha.triggs@courts.in.gov.