Thank you for your interest in the Graduation to Certification program and for joining with us in this 2018 GTC Online Consortium Roundtable. This page is designed for you to learn more about what we have planned and to register so we can be better prepared for your involvement.

Through its Graduation to Certification (GTC) pilot program, the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University is actively investigating strategies focused on closing the gap to certification for recent graduates of interpreter education. Supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, the GTC program seeks, in part, to decrease the time between graduation and RID certification, and to support strategies and programming that will help to diversify the interpreting profession. As the CATIE Center builds the GTC program, the underlying question driving the project is: How should interpreter education be transformed?

This online experience will allow the GTC consortium of partners to meet and to examine five aspects of what the CATIE Center has attempted to implement in the pilot year of this program. Each day the participants will address one of the following:

  • Fostering Effective Practice: Review the creation of an Individualize Development Plan (IDP) process that works for the GTC program and the field
  • Deaf Community Connections: Evaluate service learning as a vehicle for novice interpreters to build ongoing connections with Deaf communities
  • Deaf Interpreters in the GTC model: Examine the preparations and planning process used for including Deaf Interpreters in the GTC Model
  • Supervised Interpreting: Review the pilot year experiences of managing the complex realities of Supervised Interpreting Placements
  • Remembering the Elephants: Follow-up to Issues Raised at the 2017 GTC Consortium Roundtable

Through these online activities, each participant will be able to ultimately:

  • Identify at least three challenges and three potential solutions facing the development of a model program for recent graduations working toward certification;
  • List the three recurring steps for fostering effective practice through the GTC Individual Development Plan process;
  • Describe a Vygotskyan framework for creating learning activities to be included in the GTC Digital Learning Repository;
  • List three areas that the GTC model needs to be adapted to be an effective approach for Deaf Interpreters;
  • Compare and contrast two different site placements for supervised interpreting experiences; and
  • Identify at least three challenges facing the interpreting profession related to becoming a more diverse and inclusive field.
  • Discuss the options for constructing GTC elements into the current IEP framework prior or shortly after graduation.

St. Catherine University is an RID-approved CMP sponsor. This online experience is approved for .5 professional studies CEUs.RID logo

To be eligible for CEUs you must:

  • View the daily presentation on each of the five topics.
  • Make one substantive post each day on the topic in the discussion forum.
  • Respond to two other people’s posts on a daily basis.
  • Participate in at least one Zoom video conference during the course of the week.

There is no cost for CEUs.

Daily Structure

Each day will have a short presentation with a combination of video and written English introducing the topic and raising some questions.  There will be a discussion board that is organized in groups of no more than 12 so you can be a part of a manageable discussion. Each day, we will also organize some optional 40 minute video conferences using Zoom – based on interest and schedule.  The registration form will help us determine how many forums are needed.

Daily Topics

Monday:  Effective Practice through the Individual Development Plan process.

We’ll look at the steps we have taken toward creating resources for creating individual development plans, generating SMART Goals and having a repository of activities to work on specific skills.

Tuesday: Fostering Community Engagement through Service Learning

This day focuses on the experiences  our participants had in developing service learning projects as a means to connect with Deaf communities, including looking at some of the barriers we faced.   We will also look at other opportunities to support novice interpreters in building on-going relationships of accountability with Deaf communities.

Wednesday: Dealing with the realities of Supervised Interpreting Placements

Doing field-induction for novice interpreters becomes more complicated in dealing with the varying requirements and dynamics faced by agencies in different contexts.  This day will feature a recorded panel discussion with site supervisors addressing some of the challenges the GTC program had to address in placing our participants.

Thursday:  Preparing the GTC Program for Deaf Interpreters

The CATIE Center’s original proposal was focused only on preparing interpreters to pass the NIC. After input from our advisors, we decided to spend a year looking at how best to create a program to meet the needs of novice Deaf interpreters.  Naomi Sheneman, who has been a consultant with us, will share some of what we have found and look forward to trying out next year.

Friday:  Remembering the Elephants: Re-visiting issues from the the 2017 GTC Consortium Roundtable

We will be looking at some of the issues that were raised in the panels and small group discussions last year to assess what directions the field needs to move in and what steps we can take to make that happen.