What should you know about the IMPACT program?

Our program is dedicated to improving the academic and career outcomes of your child by supporting development of linguistic and interpersonal skills, offering mentorship and opportunities for professional development, and providing them with medical interpreter training. In our program, your child will have  the opportunity to participate in professional trainings, workshops, and events, and a series of courses for college credit at OSU, at no cost to you.

Not only will these activities help your child complete the requirements necessary to become a certified medical interpreter, they will also gain experience with the abilities that they will need to achieve their future academic goals. Our program supports students in their development of skills that will help them not only to future employment, but will also prepare them to attend college.



How to can you support your child in the IMPACT program?

Not only will your child be gaining real-world experience in the field of medical interpreting, but they will also be learning to think critically about the Spanish language and explore complex topics related to representation, linguistic justice, and advocacy in both the medical field and the greater world. You can support your child’s engagement with these topics by asking them what they are learning about and talking to them about your own experiences. You are a valuable resource for helping your child understand the Spanish language and the real life experiences of people who speak it!

IMPACT courses and activities will generally take place outside of your child’s regular school schedule. You can help them keep track of their IMPACT responsibilities by encouraging them to make a calendar of classes, events, and assignment deadlines, and reminding them to check it frequently.



How can you help prepare your child for college?

  • You’ve probably heard some of negative myths about attending college. Click here to see a list of myths and their corresponding realities.
  • Review these four basic steps of getting into university to help your child get there.
  • Help your child prepare as soon as they start high school, following these guidelines for what to do in 9, 10, 11, 12 grade.
  • If your child could be the first person in your family to go to college, review this article for advice. This will be a new experience for both of you, and it helps to think about the changes you’ll both undergo throughout the process.



What should you do if you have questions, comments, or concerns about your child’s participation in the program?

Parents play a critical role in the success of our program, and we are always here to answer any questions that you may have and address any concerns that may arise. Please do not hesitate to contact us!