GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A local translator and CMU professor recently received one of the most prestigious credentials of the Spanish translation and interpretation industry. Anna Stout passed an exam in San Antonio through the American Translators Association and is now one of eight certified Spanish translators in Colo.
Stout passed the three-hour, proctored exam on her first try which is extremely rare. The overall pass rate for the test is below 20 percent. Participants are only allowed to use printed references and cannot access any technology.
"I have been translating for years and I think that real life practice was enough,” Stout said. “Also teaching it… Any time you teach something you learn it even better."
Stout plans to continue working in Grand Junction as a certified Spanish court interpreter as well as a Spanish Translation and Interpreting teacher at CMU.
"I thought that it was something that I needed to show my students was doable and that it was something that they could rely on my expertise for because I have the skills necessary to do it," Stout said.
Stout is also the founder of Transfinem Language and Cultural Services, a company that offers translation, editing and bilingual website development around the Western United States.