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Community Interpreting Certificate

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Internships and Community Service

The impact of the program is remarkable and speaks volumes about the caliber of students and their accomplishments.We are proud of the many bridges that we have built within our own community, with local agencies, and with international partners.

Medical Mission in Guatemala (International Refuge)

Guatemala ServiceEvery February a medical mission is organized by Refuge International in San Raymundo, Guatemala, where some 40 volunteers from around the US provide medical care in this clinic. A practicum was set up by Viterbo to provide hands-on experience for graduate nursing students as well as for a student in the Community Interpreting Certificate. The Viterbo Community Interpreting Certificate provides a scholarship to help the students in the program with the cost of this experience.

Students who have attended:

  • Ismelda Reyes, 2010
  • Gregg Attleson, 2011
  • Carla Townsend, 2012
  • Carla San Raymundo

Contact:
Bonnie Nesbitt
Professor/Assistant Dean Graduate Program in Nursing
608-796-3688
bjnesbitt@viterbo.edu

Nicaragua and Global Partners

Nicaragua ServiceIn July 2011, Viterbo University participated with the Global Partners medical brigade going to Nicaragua. The people involved in this trip served as interpreters for doctors and community workers while they performed health assessments in Santa Celia, Nicaragua. One of the students in the program, Sarah Kohler, and faculty member Maribel Bird participated in this experience.

Contact:
Rachel A. Miller, MBA
Administrative Lead, Global Partners Nicaragua, Gundersen Health System
608-775-1420
ramille2@gundluth.org

Maribel Bird
Associate Professor, Chair, World Languages and Cultures
608-796-3491
mvbird@viterbo.edu

Internship at Mayo Healthcare Systems

Since Spring 2012, students in the program have had the opportunity to benefit from the partnership between the Community Interpreting Certificate and Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. These students will be able to complete their internships by working as medical interpreters. This internship is a direct result of efforts made by two graduates of the certificate.

Contact:
Jennifer Carr
Interpreter Services, Mayo Clinic Health System
608-392-7912, ext. 27912

Sparta School District and Arcadia School District

Students in the program have served as interpreters in teacher/parent conferences in the Arcadia and Sparta School Districts.

Contact:
Paul A. Halverson
PK-8 Principal, Arcadia Public Schools
323-7500, ext. 2193
halversonp@arcadia.k12.wi.us

Katie Shaw
ESL Instructor, Sparta Public School
kshaw@sparta.org

Lugar de Reunión in Sparta and St. Clare Mission

Lugar de Reunion ServiceIn February of 2012, the Certificate in Community Interpreting established an internship with Lugar de Reunión in Sparta, Wis., providing Spanish-language interpreting at the St. Claire Mission

Contact:
Suzanne Hoffman
St. Clare Health Mission Clinic of Monroe County Clinic Director
310 W Main Street, Sparta, WI 54656
608-269-2132, ext. 65343
Hoffman.Suzanne@mayo.edu

Sandra Castillo
St. John's Episcopal Church
322 N. Water Street, Sparta, WI  54656
608-269-4266

Arcadia Wisconsin Blood Drive

In March 2012, students and faculty volunteered as interpreters in a Blood Drive held in Arcadia.

Contact:
Maria Radomski
Supervisor, Volunteer Services, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Inc.
414-937-6364 or toll-free 1-877-232-4376, ext. 6364
Maria.Radomski@bcw.edu

Internship at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse

Since Spring 2012, students in the program have the opportunity to benefit from the partnership between the Community Interpreting Certificate and Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse. These students will be able to complete their internships by working as medical interpreters. Students in the Spanish major or the Interpreting minor can also benefit from this partnership. These students have the opportunity to shadow professional medical interpreters.

Contact:
Becki Murphy
Gundersen Health Services
608-775-3652
brmurphy@gundluth.org

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