Houston, TX — May 13, 2019 . . . International language solutions company MasterWord Services, Inc. (MWS) has awarded its first-ever scholarship as part of its new strategic collaboration with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and Houston Community College (HCC) to support the benchmark of quality translation and interpretation in the medical arena. Amelia Howe, the top-ranked student completing HCC’s Level II Certificate in Translation and Interpretation program, will receive a scholarship to take the CCHI certification exam.
“Developing this strategic three-way collaboration between a preeminent language services company like MasterWord, with a national certification body and higher education institution like CCHI and HCC, provides a model for us to further promote the highest standards of professionalism in our industry,” said Washington, D.C.-based Natalya Mytareva, CCHI Executive Director. “We hope to replicate this cooperative effort across the U.S.”
Howe, bilingual in Spanish and English, earned her undergraduate degree in engineering in her native Colombia and her MBA from University of Houston. After several international moves with her husband’s energy career – Venezuela, Brazil, Trinidad, Canada, England and the U.S., she saw an opportunity to make a career switch to become a professional interpreter and translator.
“I’m reinventing myself. I need to practice and keep learning,” noted Howe, a resident of West University.
Market data for the Gulf Coast region shows jobs for interpreters and translators in HCC’s service region are expected to grow by 28% (2017-2027), with average wages $25.24 per hour. (Source: EMSI database, extracted 10/2017.)
Contrary to public perception, the advent of using computer assisted translation (CAT) tools and machine translation actually has helped create an explosion in demand in interpreters and translators versus a pull back. “For the utmost in accuracy, there’s no substituting human intelligence because language is so nuanced, highly complex and dynamic,” noted Ludmila (Mila) Golovine, MasterWord founder and president.
In addition to establishing the scholarship for the CCHI certification, MasterWord helps evaluate HCC students’ translations and offers internship opportunities during which the students continue their professional education. More than 30 students have completed the program since Fall 2017 and all have found employment immediately after graduating. Each cohort has had a blind or visually impaired student.
HCC, the first in the region to offer an Advanced Technical Certificate in Translation and Interpretation approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), provides the basic skills needed to become a translator or interpreter in three semesters. The only higher educational institution in Texas offering a comprehensive language-independent program in translation and interpretation, its students have represented languages ranging from Spanish to French, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Norwegian, Hindi and Urdu.
Benefiting from Houston’s cultural diversity, the HCC program offers a unique opportunity for bilingual residents to utilize their linguistic and cultural backgrounds to make their native language their asset. Students may pursue training and a career in this growing language services field, serving not only the medical industry, but energy/oil and gas, legal, education and social services. Employment growth is driven by increasing globalization and by the large increase in the number of non-English-speaking people in the U.S.
CCHI offers an independent, national, comprehensive certification program to medical interpreters of all languages. CoreCHI™ and CHI™-Spanish certifications are accredited by NCCA; these are the only accredited interpreter certifications in the U.S. CCHI is dedicated to supporting professional healthcare interpreters who value the power of education and certification.
Connecting people across language and culture, MasterWord, now in its 26th year, is ranked the 13th largest language services provider in North America by the market research firm, Common Sense Advisory. A leading provider of industry-specific language solutions, the company works with more than 300 clients in health care, energy and social services, including some of the world’s leading businesses, government entities and non-profits in more than 250 languages and across four continents. The company delivers a broad spectrum of solutions in all languages and offers one of the industry’s quickest response times with 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-per-week availability.