First Graduating Class in HealthCare Interpreting by LiNKS Sign Language & Interpreting Services

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(From left to right) Top row: Michael Lundy, Jahan Hassan, Lucy Farley, Andrea Lust; Second Row: Aline Kozanoghli, Lourdes Valverde, Lily Chow, Jackie Slater, Grace Kim, Maria Perez, Robbie Smith, Pauline Macias, Chuck Scarpaci; Front Row: Lauren Scott, Rosanna Balistreri, Hilda Colondes

LiNKS Sign Language & Interpreting Services celebrated its first graduating class in HealthCare Interpreting training, with 14 participants attending a 40-hour healthcare workshop hosted by LiNKS and REACH-reaching diversity to become certified medical interpreters.

The 40-hour Connecting World 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.

Chuck Scarpaci, Director of LiNKS Sign Language & Interpreting Services, said, “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 Scarpaci.

For more information call LiNKS Sign Language & Interpreting Services, a division of Goodwill SOLAC, (voice) 888-742-0070, email: or visit

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