Job Service and NDDoH websites now available in 16 languages

As part of a pilot program with North Dakota Information Technology, the Job Service North Dakota and North Dakota Department of Health websites are now available in 16 languages. The capacity launched in early June at www.jobsnd.com and health.nd.gov.

“This will make it easier for thousands of people to access and understand our services,” said Pat Bertagnolli, Executive Director of Job Service. “We have large populations of New Americans across the state and they are a vital part of our workforce. Providing easier accessibility to everyone allows us to better serve all North Dakotans and gives us a head start in recruiting.

“NDDoH is pleased to be part of the website translation pilot project,” said Dr. Nizar Wehbi, North Dakota State Health Officer. “The ability for residents who speak English as a second language or who don’t speak English to easily access public health information they understand is an important breakthrough for our website.”

Internet users can select their preferred language from a drop-down list at the top of any page. Initial offerings are English, Arabic, Basque, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Hindi, Hmong, Kurdish, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Swahili and Vietnamese. Other languages ​​and other state agency websites should be added.

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