LiNKS Sign Language and Interpreting Services, a division of Goodwill Serving the People of Los Angeles County (CA), recently celebrated its first graduating class in health care interpreting training.
The 40-hour Connecting Worlds Training for Healthcare Interpreters meets the minimum training requirements for interpreters who’d like to apply for certification through the Certification Commissioner of Healthcare Interpreters and the National Board of Certification of Medical Interpreters.
In California, where more than 200 languages are spoken, finding individuals who speak several languages is a problem that businesses and their customers face every day. Especially in health care, patients and medical personnel need interpreters who can orally transfer a message from one spoken language into another.
“Hosting this workshop is an extension of our services. Interpreting is the conversion of meaning from one language to another language, not necessarily word for word. Words do not have meaning, meaning has words,” said LiNKS Director Chuck Scarpaci.