Sight translator with patient - Valley Community Interpreters

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.

Our training does not provide the national interpreter certification, we are a certificate training and once you complete the program you will be a QUALIFIED INTERPRETER, the first step towards national certification.

National interpreter certification is granted by the national organization The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). To obtain national interpreter certification you must go through a separate process and pass the oral and written exams developed by CCHI. For detailed information please contact CCHI directly:

Cecilia Portal, Founder, Executive Director, and Lead Trainer, 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.
Michael Pitula, Education Coordinator, has over 12 years of experience in non-profit education and outreach related to public health, healthcare careers, civil rights and environmental justice. He has lived and worked in Mexican, Mexican-American and Puerto Rican communities in the US. He holds a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Michael is a fluent bilingual in English and Spanish and is also proficient in Portuguese and Italian. In 2017, he completed VCI’s Bridging The Gap training to become a qualified Medical Interpreter.