Open House at 360 Translations to Welcome Interpreters

by Daniel B. Swartz, Ph.D., CI, CT, SC:L, ED:K-12, EIPA

Later in January, 360 will be hosting an open house to welcome all of our current interpreters.  The open house will run the entire business day, making it easier for interpreters to stop by before, after, or between interpreting assignments.

We will have lots of goodies to nosh on, as well as several raffles (you don’t need to be present to win) with some very cool prizes.

This open house coincides with our nearly 10% across-the-board rate increase for interpreters earlier this month.  Ever since our inception, 360 Translations has dually advocated for Deaf and hard of hearing AND the interpreters who serve them.

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Advocacy is Critical

 

 

So please stop by and meet our staff, chew the fat, and come see our new digs (new since August, 2014).  See what happens “behind the scenes,” and meet everyone behind the emails and phone calls.

Stay tuned for more information on the open house, which will be held at our offices at:

900 Haddon Avenue, Suite 414
Collingswood, NJ 08101

Click her for directions in case you don’t have GPS.

 

360 Translations Offers Free Community ASL Classes in South Jersey

by Dr. Daniel B. Swartz, CI, CT, SC:L, ED:K-12, EIPA

360 Translations is proud to announce the continuation of its free, community

ASL classes in South Jersey.  Classes will be taught by Hermogenes Swartz and Loraine Kegerreis, both of whom are deaf.

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Free ASL Classes in Cherry Hill

Classes are Free!

There is no charge for these sign language classes.  All instruction and classroom space have been graciously donated.  Many thanks to Carusi Middle School, Cherry Hill School District, and to Hermogenes and Loraine!!

Carusi Middle School is located at 315 Roosevelt Dr, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002, and you can get directions by clicking here.

Two Different Levels

ASL I, for beginners and novice signers, is taught Monday evenings from 6-730 PM.  Classes start on January 16, 2017, and run through May 8, 2017.

ASL II, for those with a working knowledge of ASL, is taught Tuesday evenings from 6-730 PM.  Classes start on January 17, 2017, and run through May 9, 2017.

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360 Translations is Expanding!!!

We are happy to report that 360 Translations is expanding their ASL interpreting services into the five counties that comprise the Philadelphia metro area.  This expansion is being led by our new Client Services Specialist, Kimmi Kraus.  Kimmi is leading the way with are larger cadre of interpreters and a push for better quality, and diminished use of VRI (Video Relay Interpreting), in the region.

If you are interested in working for the region’s best sign language interpreting agency, please contact Kimmi at 856-356-2922, or send her an email at kimmi@360translations.com.

360 Translations announces their new Website!!

Daniel-Swartz-252x300360 Translations launched their new web site today. The website is packed with useful information for deaf and hearing consumers of sign language interpreting services. Please visit the website often atwww.360translations.com to keep current on developing trends in the utilization of sign language interpretation.

360 Translations, founded in 2000, represents a compendium of the experience of Dr. Daniel Swartz, founder and Executive Director. Dr. Swartz will regular share briefs on this blog highlighting important facts about deafness, interpreting, and Deaf Culture. Dr. Swartz has a deaf spouse (of 24 years) and deaf son (he’s very proud of both of them), as well as two deaf dogs, Luna and Autumn (and two hearing dogs, Amber and Hope).

Needless to say, he has a wealth of personal experience as it relates to deafness, and has been in the professional practice of interpreting since 1985. This vast knowledge will be shared with you on a regular basis, so please make our blog one of your favorites.

Congratulations to Linda D’Ambrosio, 360 Translations’ Interpreter of the Month for March 2013

Linda-DAmbrosio-233x300Every month the staff of 360 Translations votes for the outstanding interpreter of the month.

It is with pleasure that we announce that Linda D’Ambrosio has been named Interpreter of the Month for March, 2013.  Linda has been with 360 Translations for six years, and she is an extremely dependable and highly professional interpreter.

Congratulations Linda, and keep up the great work.

360 Translations is Federally Certified Veteran-Owned Business.

Read more about 360 Translations at www.360translations.com

We are the only interpreter/veteran-owned interpreting agency in the United States!

Congratulations to Maria Armstrong, 360 Translations’ Interpreter of the Month for June 2013

Maria-Armstrong-Headshot-1-214x300Every month the staff of 360 Translations votes for the outstanding interpreter of the month.

It is with pleasure that we announce that Maria Armstrong has been named Interpreter of the Month for June, 2013.  Linda has been with 360 Translations for less than a  year, and she is an extremely dependable and highly professional interpreter.

Congratulations Maria, and keep up the great work.

360 Translations is Federally Certified Veteran-Owned Business.

Read more about 360 Translations at www.360translations.com

We are the only interpreter/veteran-owned interpreting agency in the United States!

Congratulations to Kathy Phillips, 360′s Interpreter of the Month for July 2013

Kathy-Phillips-241x300Every month the staff of 360 Translations votes for the outstanding interpreter of the month.

It is with pleasure that we announce that Kathy Phillips has been named Interpreter of the Month for July, 2013.  Kathy has been with 360 Translations for two years, and she represents herself and 360 well by consistently going above-and-beyond.

Congratulations Kathy, and keep up the great work.

360 Translations is Federally Certified Veteran-Owned Business.

Read more about 360 Translations at www.360translations.com

We are the only interpreter/veteran-owned interpreting agency in the United States!

News from our Intern: Christine Mizrahi, a future legal interpreter

Christine-132x300Hello my name is Christine Mizrahi and I am a senior at Bloomsburg University, studying dual degrees in American Sign Language Interpreting and Criminal Justice.  As an interpreting student, I have taken many classes that have taught me about the interpreting field through an interpreter’s prospective. While interning with 360 Translations, I have been given the opportunity to see what goes on “Behind the Scenes”. I learned so much about the agency and now have a better understanding of how everything falls perfectly into place.  I have had the pleasure to meet many talented interpreters and work alongside a wonderful staff. I love Criminal Justice and want to become a Legal Interpreter in Central New Jersey and New York area.  I hope to educate people about the Americans with Disabilities Act, and advocate against discrimination. I really enjoyed my second summer here, and am excited that this is what I am going to be doing upon graduation!

360 Translations is proud of its tradition of hiring summer interns. This provides interpreting students with invaluable experience in the field, and better prepares them to work as professional interpreters upon graduation. 360 Translations is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are also a Veteran-owned (Vietnam Era) employer.

News from our Intern: Kacy Wilber, a future trilingual interpreter, and future 360 Interpreter!

Kacy-108x300Hello! My name is Kacy Wilber, I am a student in the ASL/ English Interpreting program at Bloomsburg University. I plan to do my practicum as well as reside in the South Jersey/ Philadelphia area upon (expected) graduation this coming spring. I have a minor in Spanish and one day wish to become a trilingual interpreter. I hope to educate the nation and spread awareness of Deaf and Spanish cultures. Along the way, I wish to influence others to think freely and to not only accept the “norm”. This summer, I was lucky enough to have joined the 360 family. When I saw how structured and organized the agency went about executing tasks, I made sure to jump on this opportunity. I knew my motivated work ethic would match those of my fellow staff members, and my assumption was accurate. I look forward to becoming an interpreter for 360 in August of 2014!

360 Translations is proud of its tradition of hiring summer interns. This provides interpreting students with invaluable experience in the field, and better prepares them to work as professional interpreters upon graduation. 360 Translations is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are also a Veteran-owned (Vietnam Era) employer.

360 Translations is proud to announce our new Assistant Coordinator, Melissa Powell

Melissa-pic1-215x300360 Translations is fortunate to have Melissa Powell as our new Assistant Coordinator of Interpreting. Melissa represents a wonderful addition to our team at 360! She has a few words about herself in this brief bio:

“My name is Melissa, and I graduated from high school in 2004. I have been married for a little over 2 years now to a wonderful but sarcastic husband. I currently do not have any children but would love to in the future.  I love working with children and hope to get a degree in social services or teaching.  I love animals. I have a yellow lab and a Siamese/Snowshoe cat.  I also hope to own a pig in the near future.  In my spare time I love watching movies, sitting by a fire, and reading.  I like sports; mainly hockey and football.  I love to explore and eventually want to visit as many places as I can.  Even though I would love to visit many places, I am truly a Jersey girl at heart.”

Please join us in welcoming Melissa to 360 and the interpreting world!!