Eppley Institute Senior Program Managers Christy McCormick and Gina Depper attended the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2018. They teamed with interpreters Karin Hostetter and Sharol Embry, as well as NAI Certification and Training Program Manager Emily Jacobs, for a session on strategies to continue engagement in the interpretation field during retirement.
The session reviewed a certificate program titled Intermediate Methods in Interpretation that was jointly created by the Eppley Institute and the NAI. The certificate program’s mentoring component has been a great opportunity for retired and active interpreters. Mentors help guide the students through their assignments, using their expertise to provide practical examples and applications. The panel also discussed the opportunity to assist with writing online courses for both the Eppley Institute and the NAI. Finally, participants brainstormed a variety of other ways to continue their engagement, and several took the initiative to begin a contact list to continue to communicate and work on ideas that were shared at the session.
The Eppley Institute loved the opportunity to speak at the annual NAI Conference and looks forward to engaging with many retirees on projects in the future.