LiveMocha Guest Feature – Language Careers

VII’s Gio Donatelli was featured on widely popular online language learning community, LiveMocha. As a guest blogger, he discussed the language field, specifically interpreting and its rise in demand in recent years. He talked about how those speaking two languages can effectively leverage these skills into an income generator and/or new career.

Read the full article here: http://livemocha.com/blog/i-speak-two-languages-now-what-putting-new-languages-skills-to-career-use/

Scholarship Announced for Bilingual Individuals to Train for New Career

Scholarship Provides Access to Online Interpreter Training Program

(Virginia Beach, VA) April 17, 2012 – The Virginia Institute of Interpreting (V.I.I.), the leading online professional interpreter education provider, today announced their scholarship program is now open for applicants. Recognizing students with a passion for language and determination to enter the professional interpreting industry, V.I.I. is offering an annual scholarship to their Interpreter Training Program.

Responding to the growing demand for qualified interpreters, and true to its commitment to giving back, V.I.I. created this scholarship to help those individuals who are bilingual and seek a new career opportunity.  The scholarship is offered to bilingual individuals who are interested in professional interpreting and would like to participate in the V.I.I. Interpreter Training Program.

Giovanni Donatelli, President and co-founder of the Virginia Institute of Interpreting said, “Earning a certificate of completion from the Virginia Institute of Interpreting (V.I.I.) opens the door to infinite new career possibilities using a skill set you already have: Being bilingual. At V.I.I. we are passionate about language and learning. We have seen students graduate from our program with job offers waiting.  We never want lack of funds to be a barrier for someone deserving or driven, which is why we’ve developed our Interpreter Training Program Scholarship.”

V.I.I.’s self-paced course is designed specifically for bilingual individuals to learn a new career skill from the convenience of home.  The Interpreter Training Program, a self-paced course for professional public services interpreter training, gives students an easy to follow user interface with features such as situational exercises, rich interactivity, speech recording and playback, sample interviews, note taking exercises, videos and much more.

The program is completed online and in 40 hours of self-paced learning, with tests at the conclusion of each module.  Upon completion of the Interpreter Training Program, bilingual individuals possess the skills to work as professional public services interpreters for numerous types of assignments, from helping people with their social services interviews in order to qualify for government assistance, to interpreting in refugee-status interviews..

Applications must be submitted by May 20, 2012. The winner of the annual scholarship will receive fully paid tuition to the Interpreter Training Program. For more information or to apply please visit, http://viied.com/career-services/scholarship/.

About the Virginia Institute of Interpreting

Convenient, affordable and easily accessible to anyone who wants to learn, the Virginia Institute of Interpreting (V.I.I.) is an online education provider offering courses and training services for the professional interpreting industry.  The Institute’s courses were developed by a team of top interpreting and learning management systems experts, and are based on widely accepted language industry standards and practice.  For more information about V.I.I., it’s founders and courses, please visit http://www.viied.com and follow V.I.I. on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

New Online Course Available for Bilingual Individuals to Train for New Career

Virginia Institute of Interpreting Announces Release of Interactive Platform Designed for Online Learning

(Virginia Beach, VA) December 14, 2011 – The Virginia Institute of Interpreting (V.I.I.), the leading online professional interpreter education provider, today announced the release of its self-paced course designed specifically for bilingual individuals to learn a new career skill from the convenience of home.  The Professional Interpreter Program, a self-paced course for professional interpreter training, gives students an affordable and easy to follow user interface with features such as situational exercises, speech recording and playback, sample interviews, note taking exercises, videos and more.

The course gives bilingual individuals the skills to work as professional interpreters for numerous types of assignments such as assisting people with their social services interviews in order to qualify for Food Stamps and Medicaid, or interpreting in foster care appointments or housing assistance appointments. Upon completion of the course students will also qualify for work for international corporations and language services providers.

Giovanni Donatelli, President and co-founder of the Virginia Institute of Interpreting said, “Our professional interpreter courses provide bilingual people with new career opportunities.  With the current economy and the uncertainty of many jobs, people are seeking second careers.  The challenge has always been how to accommodate education with the demands of the current job and family.  We’ve created our interpreter training course with busy lives in mind. What makes our course so attractive is its online, self-paced structure.  Our students can take the course in their spare time from the convenience of their own homes.”

The course includes:

  • Introduction to public services interpreting as a profession: Basic concepts
  • Interpreting skills and techniques: Effective listening and concentration, short-term memory retention, shadowing, note-taking, sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting
  • Ethics and standards: Expected professional behavior
  • Interpreting as a business: Understanding the market, and how to gain employment as a professional interpreter

“Our courses are for everyone. Regardless of language combination and learning style, our courses utilize a teaching methodology unlike any other, which ensures success for all types of learners. From conveying concepts to practicing skills to teaching how to set up a freelance business, V.I.I. courses really cover everything needed to become a professional interpreter,” commented Rocío Txabarriaga, Vice President of Content Development and co-founder of the Virginia Institute of Interpreting.

The course is taken online and completed in 48 hours of self-paced learning, with tests at the conclusion of each module.  Students can register for the course online for $995 at www.viied.com.

About the Virginia Institute of Interpreting

Convenient, affordable and easily accessible to anyone who wants to learn, the Virginia Institute of Interpreting (V.I.I.) is an online education provider offering courses and training services for the professional interpreting industry.  The Institute’s courses were developed by a team of top interpreting and learning management systems experts, and are based on widely accepted language industry standards and practice.  For more information about V.I.I., it’s founders and courses, please visit http://www.viied.com and follow V.I.I. on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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