Spanish Community Interpreting Graduate Certificate

Offered by the world-renowned Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Spanish Community Interpreting Graduate Certificate is designed to prepare participants to enter the growing market for trained community interpreters.

Spanish Community Interpreting Graduate Certificate

This Spanish-English professional certificate is designed as a hybrid, low-residency, six-month program. Training begins with an on-site, four-week module in Monterey in January, continues with an online module throughout the Spring, and culminates in a seven-week summer module back in Monterey. Ideal candidates have a BA, strong bilingual and bicultural skills, and are interested in using their language and cultural background as community interpreters in legal, medical, social service and educational environments. 

This certificate program at the Monterey Institute is distinguished for its nationally-known faculty, who offer participants a solid foundation in written translation, sight translation, consecutive dialogue interpreting and simultaneous interpreting. Participants will build professional and linguistic knowledge needed for the fields of legal, medical, social service and educational interpreting and will be prepared to take certification exams in the relevant sectors.  

For those pursuing a degree in Spanish Translation & Interpretation at the Monterey Institute, a specialization in Community Interpreting is available.

Meet the Instructors 

Holly Mikkelson 

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Holly Mikkelson is an Associate Professor of Translation and Interpretation at the Graduate School of Translation,Interpretation and Language Education, Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is an ATA- certified translator (S>E, E>S) and a state and federally certified court interpreter who has taught translation and interpreting for over 30 years. She is the author of the Acebo interpreter training manuals as well as numerous articles on translation and interpretation in the court, medical and community interpreting fields, and is a co-author of Fundamentals of Court Interpretation: Theory, Policy and Practice. Professor Mikkelson has consulted with many state and private entities on court and medical interpreter testing and training and has presented lectures and workshops to interpreters and related professionals throughout the world.

Esther Navarro-Hall

esther_navarro-hall_thumbnailEsther M. Navarro-Hall is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Translation,Interpretation and Language Education, Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she has taught Conference Interpreting (EN>ES, FR>ES) and Court Interpreting (EN<>ES). She holds an M.A. in Conference Interpretation and has worked as a freelancer, trainer and consultant in the Conference, Corporate, Court, Medical and Community specialties for the past 29 years. Ms. Navarro-Hall provides training for interpreters and interpreter trainers, at a national and international level. She is a Federally-certified Court Interpreter, a State-certified Court Interpreter (CA) and a Medically-certified Interpreter (CA). An ATA-certified EN>ES Translator, she is also certified by the U.S. State Department. Ms. Navarro-Hall is currently the Chair of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT).

Cas Shulman-Mora

head_shot_cshulmanmora_2Cas Shulman-Mora is the Spanish Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Translation and Interpretation at the Graduate School of Translation,Interpretation and Language Education, Monterey Institute of International Studies. She holds an MA in Spanish Translation and Interpretation from MIIS and is a certified Spanish interpreter with the California Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. She has been a staff interpreter at the Superior Court of Santa Cruz County and a freelance court interpreter for the state courts in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara, as well as the U.S. District Court-Northern District of California. Her experience in community interpreting also comes from many years of working with attorney client conferences, transcription and translation of court related documents, depositions, local governments and school meetings.

Amanda Pease 

amanda_pease_faculty_profile_imageAmanda Pease holds a Masters degree in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter, CHITM. She works at First Databank, Inc. as a Spanish Translator of Patient Education Monographs. She worked for Stanford Hospital and Clinics as a Spanish Medical Interpreter for five years. She also freelances as an interpreter/translator in the medical field and at the conference level. She works for the U.S. Department of State as a seminar interpreter and currently teaches in the Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program at the National Hispanic University in San Jose, CA.

Johanna Parker 

johanna_parkerJohanna Parker is a CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter™, NBCMI Certified Medical Interpreter, and California Certified Court Interpreter; and has an M.A. in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (Spanish <>English). She is Lead Interpreter for Education and Training at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, a freelance conference interpreter and translator, and a seminar interpreter for the U.S. Department of State. Johanna has taught medical interpreting at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is a certified trainer of the Bridging the Gap curriculum for healthcare interpreters. and provides continuing education workshops for medical and legal interpreters.