Member Spotlight: Jessica Sanchez

During the month of November, KITA would like to congratulate member Jessica Sánchez.

Earlier this year, the American Translators Association (ATA) announced that Jessica Sanchez, the interpreting coordinator for Fayette County Public Schools, would receive its 2018 School Outreach Program Award. More than 1,000 of her peers saluted Jessica during ATA’s annual conference Oct. 24-27 in New Orleans.

“We are thrilled to honor her effort in reaching out to students to educate them about promising careers in translation and interpreting,” said Corinne McKay, ATA president. “Her winning entry is a fitting testament to the lasting success of ATA’s School Outreach Program, which raises awareness of the role that translators and interpreters play in business, government, and society at large.”

To qualify for the national award, applicants must belong to ATA or an ATA-affiliated organization and must deliver a presentation at a school of their choice. Sanchez presented outreach sessions to several classes at Harrison Elementary’s Career Day, teaching students the difference between an interpreter and a translator, and demonstrating how interpreting headset equipment works as they listened to narrated stories simultaneously interpreted.

“Jessica is an outstanding asset to Fayette County Public Schools. Her dedication to serving students and families is inspiring, and her focus on continuous improvement and outreach is unmatched,” said Lori Bowen, director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, who oversees the district’s Interpreting & Translation Services.

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Medical Interpreter Training

1. What does KITA provide for medical interpreter training?

KITA provides a 64-hour class called Core Medical Interpreter Training (CMIT). For more info, click here.

2. How is this class set up?

You can expect to spend 4 days in class (2 full weekends) and to spend 32 hours on an online component.  You will have access to the online component for approximately 2-3 weeks. You must commit to this schedule in order to earn the certificate. Should unforeseen circumstances occur you can complete the requirements during our next class.

3. Where is this training offered?

This training is regularly offered in Lexington, KY.  Trainers are also located in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH.

4. When is this training offered?

KITA offers this class 2-3 times in Lexington, KY. Please check our website (www.kitanonprofit.org) to learn of future training.

5. What is the cost of this program?

CMIT requires a third-party language assessment in English and in one target language in order to be accepted into the program.  This test, done over the phone, will cost $70 for Spanish, $80 for core languages and $115 for rare languages. It is only necessary to take and pass one language assessment test in order to be admitted to the CMIT. The cost of the class is $450.

6. What is the passing score of the language assessment?

The assessment you will take is called Communication Skills Test-Health Care Version. You will receive a grade in English and a grade in the target language.  You must receive a minimum of 75% in both languages for a passing score. You will be tested in medical vocabulary in both languages. This is done to assess your baseline medical vocabulary knowledge. Your score on this portion will not count against you.

7. How will the language assessment be set up?

KITA will submit your name, phone number and email to LanguageStat. They will contact you for payment, to set up the phone exam date and time, and to give you a list of 200 medical words from which to prepare.  You must be available at the time of the call or you may be charged and have to pay a second time.

8. What happens after I pass the language assessment?

You will receive the results via email. Once it has been determined that you are a qualified candidate for the CMIT we will send you a link for payment.

9. Can I take the language assessment in more than one target language?

Yes. If you are willing and able to pay for additional assessments, they can be arranged prior to the CMIT for the prices listed above.  The costs will increase once you are no longer a CMIT candidate.

10. How can I pay for the CMIT?

Preference is via credit or debit card, but contact us if you need to make other arrangements. We do not offer payment plans at this time. Full payment must be made prior to attending the class.

11. Does KITA offer any financial assistance for this training?

KITA wishes to support the aspiring interpreter whenever possible.  We are sometimes able to offer scholarships, mostly in the amount of $150. Please contact us for more information.

12. Will I be a certified interpreter after taking this course?

No.  Through the CMIT (and all other such courses 40 hours or more) you will earn a CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE. This, along with the language assessment, will make you a minimally qualified medical interpreter in the language(s) in which you were assessed.  During this training you will learn the process of becoming a nationally certified medical interpreter.

13. Will I be able to interpret in other venues after receiving this training?

This training will prepare you to interpret in medical settings. You will also be able to use this training in social services and educational settings.  You will NOT be qualified to interpreter in legal/court settings. If you are interested in becoming a court interpreter for the state of Kentucky, click here.

14. Can I be put on a waiting list for future CMITs?

Yes. Send us an email with your name, email and phone number and we will contact you.