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The Spanish Community Interpreting program prepares participants to enter the growing market for trained community interpreters.

Community Interpreters for Everyday Life

My name is Holly Mikkelson. And I am the director of the Spanish Community Interpreting Graduate Certificate. Which is a program that is available to students who are not enrolled in the masters program, but who would like to be trained as community interpreters. The courses begin with all online instruction.

And that happens from the fall through the spring semester. And then beginning in June, students come to Monterrey and we have face-to-face instruction where they're actually practicing interpreting. Okay, let's try another little scenario. So Annae will be our witness this time. If you could try to give longer answers to give Aaron some practice-

In intervening if necessary.

Just on the other side of the street.

The book of the program teaches students the basics of legal, medical and education social services interpreting. However, the last portion focuses specifically on certification test preparation. So throughout the course, the students get the basic skills that they need. And then at the end we go into detail about what they specifically need to know just to pass the test.

I think that this course does an excellent job of giving a detailed overview of the different fields where you can work and really use your language skills as an interpreter.

One of the things that differentiates this course from others is the hands-on nature of it. And the fact that we actually simulate real-life interpreted scenarios.

You are really right on the ground in the trenches when people have a family crisis or something happens to them that changes their life. And community interpreters allow people to tell their story. They allow service providers to communicate effectively and provide the service they're supposed to. So it's very rewarding to be able to use your language in a way that really makes a difference in someone's life.

The Institute’s Spanish Community Interpretation program is offered as a specialization for students currently enrolled in the Institute’s Translation and Interpretation degree programs.


As a specialization, the program is designed for students enrolled in the Translation and Interpretation programs who want added professional and linguistic knowledge for the fields of legal and medical interpreting. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters and include an intensive summer session, culminating in preparation for the court and medical certification exams.