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SPRING 2017:

March 11, 2017 – April 30, 2017 (Martha’s Vineyard, MA)
Saturdays & Sundays 10AM – 4PM on most days


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Use Your Bilingual Skills
Art of Medical Interpretation®
by Cross Cultural Communication Systems, Inc.™

March 11 to April 30, 2017
Saturdays & Sundays @ Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School

WHY enroll in the Art of Medical Interpretation® 60-hour Certificate of Accomplishment course?
• Per the Department of Labor statistics, “employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
• Interpreters are in great demand nationwide
• Use your language skills
• Build your skills now
• Give back to your community
• Learn about interpreting skills
• Open your network opportunities
• Schedule your language screening NOW

In order to ENROLL, you MUST Be 18, have a High School diploma or its equivalent, be fluent in both English and Portuguese or Spanish and pass a language screening

Register today! Space limited to 20 students only

February 11, 2017 10AM — 6PM $55 non-refundable

100 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Rd., Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
T: 781.729.3736 x110 or 109

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FALL 2016 course sessions are about to begin:

Sept. 8 – Nov. 10 (Woburn, MA) T & Th 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Sept. 27 – Dec. 13 (Somerville, MA) T & Th 6:00PM – 9:00PM


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Contact Us
T: 781.729.3736 X109 or X110 or 888.678.2227 (out of state)

Become a Professional Interpreter
Register for the Art of Medical Interpretation® Certificate TODAY

SUMMER 2016 course sessions are about to begin:

May. 24 – Jul. 19 (Woburn, MA) T & Th 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Jun. 01 – Aug. 10 (Manchester, NH) M & W 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Aug. 10 – Aug. 19 (Woburn, MA) 8:30AM – 5:00PM


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Together as a community of interpreters we have all experienced the amazing magic of representing everyone’s voice, no matter the race, the religion, the age, the gender and the differences between us. During such adverse times, we should be proud of our strength, hope and resiliency. Together we have created a circle of great understanding, respect, tolerance and willingness to grow and to always strive for better customer relations and delivery of linguistic services to a population of immigrants and refugees, that unfortunately now more than ever needs our full respect and attention. Each and every voice counts!

We need to live in a world where trust is the main thread of our fabric. At times, we just feel at loss! In the past few weeks I found myself wrapped with fear, worry and a feeling of hopelessness towards the worldwide events and the local news. A few days ago, I found this powerful image of lightning captured by my father a few summers ago while together in Mexico.

A short story about my visceral feeling of fear every time I saw lightning. I grew up in a beautiful and small Island in the Azores, Portugal. Our first house was built with lots of metal and my mother always covered the windows and mirrors with blankets during lightning. At times when the storms were getting too close to us, my two sisters and I would jump into my parents’ bed—a very special family time!

When I saw this picture, I experienced a deep feeling of comfort and protection…needed even at my age! The very moment this picture was taken our rooms lit with an intense light and power and for the first time, I adventured to open my eyes and cautiously embraced the beauty and the power of an intense storm. My father’s admiration and respect for the power of nature was contagious and both his photography and the time spent with him, led me to a completely different beauty. As a result, I now love and respect lightning!

No one needs to expose themselves to lightning, but you may have a story or an experience of your own that empowers you to take a chance, and perhaps allows you to team up with a trusting person that brings you as much beauty and strength as my father and his love for photographing storms have given me!

On behalf of CCCS, Inc.™ and colleagues, Zarita

The new space represents a milestone and an opportunity to serve you better. Starting June 2015 CCCS, Inc.™ will be at 227 Garfield Avenue, Suite B, Woburn, MA 01801

Dear Customers and Interpreters,CCCS, Inc.™ is pleased to announce its new look for all Interpreter ID badges. As of January 1, 2014, all active CCCS, Inc.™ Interpreters will wear a new ID badge.

52-hour Certificate of Attendance Intensive Online Review Course

20-hour Certificate of Attendance Intensive Online Review Course

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. The ACA’s purpose is to make preventive care more accessible and affordable for many Americans. Some rights and protections in the ACA apply to plans in the Marketplace or individual insurance. ACA enrollment began on October 1, 2013 but coverage will not begin until January 1, 2014.
Starting in 2014, insurance companies can no longer turn down or charge their customers more because they have pre-existing conditions, although individual health insurance plans (insurance bought by yourself) do not have to cover pre-existing conditions. In the past, insurance companies had put a lifetime cap on the amount of care they would pay for. They would deny coverage in some cases and find “mistakes” in the paperwork as an excuse to cancel a person’s coverage. The ACA is making it illegal for insurance companies to cancel coverage because an honest mistake or information was left out on the application that has little bearing on the applicant’s health. In ending limits on care, the ACA will allow patients with chronic illnesses to continue to receive medical care and not have their insurers drop them because their health care expenses have reached a limit imposed by insurance companies.
Above all the ACA will make health care insurance more affordable.  The Health Insurance Marketplace ( will offer a way for people to find coverage that fits their budget and meet their needs. At the Marketplace, people will be able to compare their option based on price and benefits. Affordability is to provide many Americans with health insurance which in turn offers them preventive care. Preventive care are measures taken to help people stay healthy and avoid or delay health problems; which can create a bigger financial problem down the road if people’s health condition gets severe enough.  With the 80-20 rule, if the insurance companies do not spend at least 80% of the money they take in on premiums, they will have to offer a rebate to their customers.
It does take some time to understand the offerings of the ACA but its main goal is to improve the quality of life. In the graphic novel – Health Care Reform: What is, Why It’s Necessary, How it Work – one of the many sources to understanding the ACA,Jonathan Grulere writes, “The major accomplishment of the Affordable Care Act is to provide true security to the insured in the U.S. It forces the insurance industry to abandon practices that had been central to their business strategy for more than 50 years.”

Congratulations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is pleased to announce that it has published its 2013 Language Access Plan (HHS LAP) ensuring access to the Department’s programs and activities to people with limited English proficiency (LEP). 

America’s population reflects diverse communications needs.  Nearly 20 percent of the population (55 million people) speaks a language other than English at home, 63 percent of hospitals treat LEP patients daily or weekly and more than 15 languages are frequently encountered by at least 20 percent of hospitals.
In accordance with Executive Order 13166 (PDF, 256kb), Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency, the HHS LAP establishes the Department’s policy and strategy for serving persons with LEP and its commitment to the language access principals which state that people with LEP should have meaningful access to federally funded programs, activities, services and benefits.  The plan further serves as a blueprint for HHS Divisions to develop their own agency-specific language access plans.
The HHS LAP is organized into ten cross-cutting elements with specific actions steps for HHS agencies to include in their respective agency-specific plans.  The ten elements include:
ELEMENT 1: Assessment: Needs and Capacity

ELEMENT 2: Oral Language Assistance Services

ELEMENT 3: Written Translations

ELEMENT 4: Policies and Procedures

ELEMENT 5: Notification of the Availability of Language Assistance at no Cost

ELEMENT 6: Staff Training

ELEMENT 7: Assessment: Access and Quality

ELEMENT 8: Stakeholder Consultation (New Element)

ELEMENT 9: Digital Information (New Element)

ELEMENT 10: Grant Assurance and Compliance (New Element)
For more information, please visit
The HHS Language Access Plan (PDF, 416kb).
Department of Justice statement on Renewing a Commitment to Language Access (PDF, 1.46mb) (2011).