Valley Community Interpreters identifies, assesses and trains bilingual community members committed to pursuing an interpreter career. VCI offers the industry standard course The Community Interpreter® International, including medical, social service and education interpreter skills. The course consists of 60 hours in classroom and 20 hours of hands-on practicums at local clinics, schools and social service organizations. (Practicum hours are paid at $15 per hour.)
Course is limited to 16 participants.
- Attend the mandatory orientation – A 90 minute presentation introducing the program scope, requirements and commitments followed by a Q+A.
- Complete the following five steps to define applicant’s background and skills:
- Online Registration Form – To determine employment and language history, references and personal information.
- Proof of Education – Provide copies of high school diploma or equivalent. If applicant has completed a higher education degree, copies of credentials must be included.
- Tuition Payment – Course tuition: $600.00. Includes Language Proficiency Assessment (non-refundable $100), registration fee, course textbook, bilingual medical dictionary, paid practicum opportunities and a Certificate of Successful Completion, after passing the course final test and completing the practicums.
- Reading Comprehension Assessment and Language Screening – VCI conducts these two initial screenings followed by a Language Proficiency Test conducted by Alta Language Services. VCI will accept Alta Language Services proficiency scores between 9 to 12 Plus only.
- Foundational Skills – Applicant will take the Innovate+Educate Core Score soft skills assessment.
- Background Check – A New Mexico state background check to ensure the applicant does not have a criminal record.
- Want to work as an interpreter.
- Must be bilingual and pass the reading comprehension and language proficiency assessments.
- Must be 18 or older.
- Have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
- Have basic computer skills.
- Own a computer.
- Complete the 60 hours of classroom work and pass the course exam.
- Complete the 20 hours of paid practicums within the six weeks allotted. Students do their practicums at local healthcare facilities, community service organizations and schools. Practicum hours are paid at $15 per hour.
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