Certified Court Interpreter, freelance Spanish/English interpreter and translator
“The CSUF Legal Interpretation (Spanish/English) program covers completely and concisely the information that is essential to pass the California state interpreter test,” says Ana Smith. “And the experienced teachers at Cal State Fullerton know the best way to help students practice what is key and relevant.”
Ana, who completed the program recently, says she was able to pass both the written and oral state exams because of what she learned in this program. “Now I’m able to work as a certified court interpreter,” she says. “This is my passion!”
Prior to taking the certificate program, Ana studied literature in Mexico at the Facultad de Filosofia y Letras of Universidad Nacional Automa de Mexico. When she moved to California, she decided to enroll in the CSUF program to improve her skills and prepare to earn state certification.
“The teachers are very experienced and devoted,” she says. “They are very empathetic with the students and establish a very cordial and friendly atmosphere from the beginning, which is ideal for the purpose of learning.” The vocabulary lessons and the practices specifically designed for a better understanding of the material were especially helpful to Ana. “The advice and lessons from my teachers are what I will remember most about this program.
“I worked as an interpreter with two major interpreting services even before I passed the California Court Interpreter certification exam,” she notes. “Participating in this program provided an additional boost for my resume. I always recommend this program!”
As Ana continues to seek a court interpreter position, she is very busy doing interpretation work with major interpretation agencies, as well as helping with depositions for law offices, conferences and other assignments. She has also worked at an international language school teaching Spanish to executives.
“I really love my career,” Ana says.