Information for Educators and Academics
The CATIE Center at St. Catherine University has a five year federal grant award (U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration H160C160001) to increase the number of certified interpreters and to reduce the average length of time it takes for novice interpreters to become nationally certified. To achieve these outcomes, we are tasked with developing, piloting, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based practices for supporting recent BA graduates in their entry to practice. Approaches developed need to be replicable and sustainable.
The grant is run on the calendar year, January to December. During this first year (2017), our focus was on program development. In year two (2018), we will have one pilot cohort of 14 participants from across the nation. Based on pre-assessment, post-assessment, RID test results and other data, we will evaluate and revise the program for the final three years (2019 – 2021). In each of those years, there will be three cohorts of 10 – 14 participants. Each year we will evaluate the program. In addition to the cohorts who participate in the program, each year we will have have a comparison group of the same number. These novices will take the same pre- and post- tests (including the RID performance test) but will not take the program. We will use the data collected to provide evidence for what works (or doesn’t work) in our approaches and share that with the field. All assessments and testing will be paid for by the CATIE Center. Fees for the GTC program will be low, with fees waived as needed.