Our Programs and Services

Valley Community Interpreters’ Bilingual Community Member Interpreter Training program is focused on building a qualified interpreter workforce to work in medical, social services and education settings. VCI identifies, assesses and trains bilingual community members with no prior interpreter experience. The 80 hour course includes: 60 hours of The Community Interpreter® International classroom instruction and 20 hours of paid practicums at local healthcare facilities, schools and social service organizations.

Sight interpreter with patient

Our course is accepted by both national certifying bodies and satisfies the national certification training requirements. Our training does not provide the national interpreter certification, we are a certificate training and once the course is completed graduates become qualified interpreters, the first step towards national certification. National healthcare interpreter certification is granted by two separate national organizations: The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.

Our Team

Cecilia Portal, Founder and Executive Director, has over 25 years of experience in non-profit management and program development. She holds a four year nursing degree from the National Autonomous University in Mexico City. Cecilia is fluent in English and Spanish and is a nationally certified Medical Interpreter by the Certification Commission of Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). For the past five years she has worked as a telephonic and video remote interpreter.

L. Mitchell Powell, Outreach Coordinator – Born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mitchell is fluent in English and Spanish. As part of the VCI team, he combines his 16 years of experience in graphic and web design. Mitchell is a graduate of VCI’s Bilingual Community Members Interpreter Training and a qualified interpreter. He brings to VCI an important cross-cultural life experience stemming from his binational roots.