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APPOINTMENTS COVERED BY OUR UNION CONTRACT

are scheduled through Washington State's coordinating entity CTS LanguageLink. The contract performance measures are posted on HCA’s website

 

DSHS APPOINTMENTS

SFY2017                  15,836

SFY2016                  16,782

SFY2015                  15,943

SFY2014                  15,556

Overall Filled Rate SFY 2015

91% Filled

HCA (Medicaid) APPOINTMENTS

SFY2017                    359,750

SFY2016                     327,737

SFY2015                     282,636

SFY2014                     228,561

SFY2013                     201,576
SFY2012                     196,176

 HCA (Medicaid) BUDGET

Jul 2013/Jun 2015             $25.1M

Jul 2011/Jun 2013             $18.1M

Jul 2009/Jun 2011             $23.0M

 HCA (Medicaid) HOURLY RATE

July 2017                  $38.50

July 2016                  $38.00

July 2015                  $37.10

July 2014                  $32.50
July 2013                  $32.00
July 2012                  $31.50
July 2011                  $30.00

FIRST UNION CONTRACT
        2010                  $21.00

A modified procurement model began on July 1, 2011

The coordinating entity procurement model began on September 24, 2012.

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Educational, Developmental, and Training Opportunities
Updated On: Dec 14, 2017

Professionalizing Interpreting

Since its inception, Interpreters United has sought to improve the quality of the interpreter services provided in Washington State. DSHS has been certifying and authorizing spoken language interpreters since 1993. However, this interpreter certifying body has no mandatory training or orientation as part of its accreditation process, no criminal background check and no continuing education to maintain the credential.

A 2012 study by the Institute for Justice informs that Washington State licenses 54 of the 102 low- to moderate-income occupations studied, and averages $152 in fees and 199 days in required training. Unlike DSHS interpreters, massage therapists must undergo 117 days of training and manicurists and skin care specialists must complete 140 days of training. Meanwhile, it takes 233 days of training to become a barber and 373 days to become a cosmetologist. Below please find a compairaison with other spoken language certifying bodies.

Certifying Body

Mandatory Training

Continuing Education

OR HCA

60 hours

30 hours every 3 years

CCHI

40 hours

32 hours every 4 years

NBCMI

40 hours

30 hours every 5 years

WA AOC

16 hours

16 hours every 2 years

OR HCA: Oregon State Health Care Interpreter Program, Health Care Authority

CCHI: Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters

NBCMI: National Board for the Certification of Medical Interpreters, a division of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)

WA AOC: Washington State Court Interpreter Program, Administrative Office of the Courts

Washington State interpreters are lucky to have many resources here in our state to increase our professional knowledge and skills.  Below are a selection of resources available to you as a professional interpreter.


Washington State Certificate Programs:

Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program at Bellevue College

Language Interpreting Certificate Program at Pierce College

Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program at Highline Community College

Spanish Medical Interpreter Certificate Program at Everett Community College 

Spanish Medical Interpreter Certificate Program at Walla Walla Community College

Interpreter Trainings:

Medical Interpreter Training by Seattle-based Cross Cultural Health Care's Bridging the Gap Program
*****WFSE/AFSCME members receive a $100 discount for this program!
*****

Puget Sound Skills Center Translation & Interpretation Program 

Healthcare Interpreter Trainings by Connecting Cultures

The Community Interpreter http://www.thecommunityinterpreter.com/

Cross Cultural Communications http://www.cultureandlanguage.net/

University of Arizona, National Center for Interpretation, Agnese Haury Institute http://nci.arizona.edu

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Online Courses: 

ATA Annual Conference http://atanet.org/conf/2014/

ATA Webinar Series http://atanet.org/webinars/

Connecting Cultures http://www.interpreterdevelopment.com/

De La Mora Interpreter Training http://interpreter-training.com

Coursera’s eCPD Webinars https://www.coursera.org/

Interpreter Education Online http://site.interpretereducationonline.com

Interpretrain Webinars http://www.interpretrain.com/workshops/workshops.html

iTunes U http://www.open.edu/itunes/

Massive Open Online Courses http://www.mooc-list.com/

ProZ http://www.proz.com/translator-training


Vocabulary Development:

Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) offers many resources for interpreters, including medical glossaries in over 23 languages!  Visit CCHCP's online store to learn more.


Interpreter and Translator Associations:

Many of our associations are also very active in putting on professional development programs  Please check their websites for more current program offerings.

Language Access Organizations:

Some non-profit organizations, dedicated to assisting state and local agencies to understand and comply with their obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, offer great training opportunities to interpreters.

Please contact [email protected] if you have an upcoming professional development / training opportunity in or near Washington State which you would like for us to consider listing on our events calendar.


Upcoming Events
Interpreter Lobby Day
Jan 26, 2018
WFSE Legislative and Political Action (LPA) office 906 Columbia St SW 5th floor Olympia, WA 98501.
Local 1671 Workshop & Statewide Quarterly Meeting
Jan 27, 2018
WFSE Olympia Field Office 906 Columbia Street SW, 5th floor, Olympia, WA 98501
NOTIS Workshop: Translation Practices
Feb 09, 2018
University of Washington (Seattle), Cascade Rooms, Haggett Hall
Executive Board Meeting
Feb 13, 2018
AFSCME Seattle Field Office 6363 7th Avenue S, Suite 220 Seattle , WA 98108
NOTIS Workshop: Translation for the Opera
Feb 15, 2018
Folio, 314 Marion St. Seattle, WA 98104
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