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When Jaasiel Plascencia came to the United States from Chihuahua, Mexico, he was 18, did not speak English and experienced the frustration of not being able to communicate in his new country.
Nearly 10 years later, Jaasiel is helping others overcome that frustration as a staff interpreter at a hospital in Boulder.
After receiving his Translation and Interpretation Certificate from CCA in December 2014, Jaasiel said that he landed what he calls an “amazing job” as a staff interpreter in fall semester 2015.
He said that the Translation and Interpretation program at CCA prepared him for a career as an interpreter, especially compared with other interpreters he has met.
“I see a lot of interpreters – you can tell they’re not prepared,” Jaasiel said. “[CCA] teaches you how to do it and the right way to do it.”
In his position, Jaasiel assists Latino patients who need interpretation services at the hospital.
Before he started with the Translation and Interpretation program, Jaasiel was confused about what he should do for a career and was looking for options. When he found the Translation and Interpretation program, he fell in love with the program and career path.
He finished the Translation and Interpretation Certificate over two semesters, and after a spring 2015 internship with the city of Aurora and a summer trip to Brazil, Jaasiel started with the hospital.
Jaasiel said that CCA was a great school for not only the program but for the staff. He singled out Yuliya Fedasenka-Cloud, coordinator for the Translation and Interpretation program, as one of the faculty who inspired him.
“She’s an interpreter – she’s not just a teacher,” Jaasiel said.
He considers himself lucky that he enrolled at CCA and that he learned a lot of the necessary legal and medical terms for his career at the college.
“I’m sure there is a lot more to learn – that’s what I’m going to miss,” Jaasiel said.
Jaasiel said that he would definitely recommend the Translation and Interpretation program and CCA to anyone who is interested in translating and interpreting as a career option.
“If you have the desire and talent to do it – go for it. It will change your life,” Jaasiel said.