Utica, NY (WIBX) - There are still slots available for an 80-hour medical interpreter training program taking place January through February.

Classes are being offered through the Multicultural Association of Medical Interpreters, MAMI, of Utica and Syracuse.

Those interested in taking the classes must be fluent in a priority language spoken by a refugee group and in English. In the Utica area, priority languages include Bosnian, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Maay Maay, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Executive Director of MAMI  Cornelia Brown says a translator must not only be bilingual, but bicultural as well--knowing American culture and the culture of whom they are translating for.

"We're looking for people who have that knowledge of language and culture, and who are also very responsible, hardworking and interested in giving a voice to the people in their community that don't speak English well," Brown said.

The classes will be held during five consecutive weekends in Syracuse beginning January 8th. They will take place at  Reach CNY on 1010 James Street.

Brown says those interested still have time to call in and reserve a spot. She is suggesting interested participants call next week (12/27-12/31) to sign-up.

Utica's MAMI office number is (315) 732-2271. Syracuse's MAMI office number is (315) 214-5003.

There are tuition and language screening fees. Payment plans are available.