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The Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education Center (MARIE) is a collaborative effort between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the University of Northern Colorado in Denver. Funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) for 2005 - 2010, the MARIE Center serves as an interpreter educational center for eleven states: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.This new center is part of an innovative and coordinated national effort to improve interpreting skills and to provide training opportunities to interpreters across the U.S. The MARIE Center is one of six regional/national centers that form the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). The NCIEC is dedicated to building and supporting effective interpreting practices through the provision of quality undergraduate education and professional development opportunities for interpreters of all abilities.

The consortium is working diligently to establish a foundation where interpreters will have easier access to information, materials and training for professional development. Although some processes and procedures from previous grant cycles have changed, these first two grant years have seen much work toward laying the groundwork that will result in new ideas, strategies, and training in the coming years.

Join us as we look toward the future in improving and expanding training opportunities for interpreters and interpreter educators across the country.

Creating new opportunities in interpreter education and advancing the field of sign language interpretation by drawing upon the energy and wisdom of interpreters, educators, consumers and other stakeholders.

Consortium Objectives

  • Identify the current state of interpreting
  • Foster effective practices in interpreting and interpreter education
  • Increase the number, diversity and readiness of interpreters in the field
  • Maximize regional resources and expertise through information sharing and elimination of duplicate efforts
  • Promote consumer self-advocacy and effective utilization of interpreters
  • Create a national network of local interpreter education partners


  • Interpreter education programs
  • Interpreter education professionals
  • Interpreters of all abilities and backgrounds
  • Individuals aspiring to become interpreters
  • Consumers of interpreting services
  • Partners of vocational rehabilitation
Updated 2.5.2009