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|Here's what students have to say about the Community Spanish and Medical Spanish Facilitator Certificates|
“Education is the most important treasure I can give to you,” said Odarely M. Bejar’s mother, a teacher in Mexico. Over the years, Bejar came to understand the truth of those words. Bejar moved from Mexico to the United States with her mother in 2001. She excelled in her studies at Northern High School in Durham, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. After high school, Bejar enrolled in Durham Tech’s Spanish Facilitator certificate program. Because she was interested in the medical field, she then enrolled in the Medical Spanish Facilitator certificate program. As a student, Bejar was able to practice her skills at UNC Hospitals, shadowing professional interpreters as they helped patients and families who did not speak English communicate with doctors and nurses who did not speak Spanish. While on the job, she also learned much about the medical environment. Soon Bejar’s skills were called on throughout the hospital.
Her volunteer work for her courses led to another interest. Bejar is now enrolled in Durham Tech’s Associate Degree Nursing program. She attends courses during the week. On weekends, she works part time at UNC Hospitals, using her facilitating skills. “I always love going to work,” she said. She would like a job that combines her medical and facilitator expertise, perhaps in patient relations.
“The Community Spanish Facilitator certificate was the perfect match for
me. The evening classes fit very well with my work schedule and the
material focused on practical real-world vocabulary and scenarios. In
addition to textbook knowledge, I gained valuable interpreting practice
within a safe and constructive environment as well as information about
relevant professional organizations, certification, further education, and
sage advice about working in the field of interpretation post graduation”.
“I have been very impressed with the quality of the Spanish Community
Facilitator Certificate program at Durham Technical Community College.
I’m a first generation Mexican-American, the first in my family to go
to college, and I was blessed with the opportunity to go on and
receive graduate degrees in English and became a teacher and college
professor. However, I decided to change careers and work as an
interpreter or translator, or in non-profit or government work serving
Latinos, because I wanted to give something back to the Latino
community. Despite being a native Spanish-speaker, I’ve realized that
it takes a lot more than simply native fluency to become a good
Maria Susana Hensley Castellanos
Several years ago, while she was taking English as a Second Language courses, Iris Chicas- Chavarria picked up a flyer for Durham Tech’s Community Spanish Facilitator certificate. She decided to enroll in the certificate program to expand her skills.
“The classes were very exciting because of the teacher and the topics,” she says. “My favorite parts were the debates that took place in each class. Also, the diversity of my classmates allowed me to learn about their cultures.”
Before coming to Durham Tech, Chicas-Chavarria had already earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of El Salvador. At Durham Tech, she completed both the Community Spanish Facilitator and the Medical Facilitator certificates. Today she works as a Spanish interpreter for an area hospital.
“I apply everything I learned from my two certificates at Durham Tech,” she says.