Entries by Missy Pankake

Congratulations to the Fall Court Interpreter Graduates

21 students completed TLC’s November Court Interpreter Workshop which qualifies them to register with the TN Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) as interpreters. Most of the students were fluent in English and Spanish, but there were two who were fluent in English and Kurdish who completed the course.

Fall MITC Students Graduate

: The Fall cohort of TLC’s MITC program recently completed the 70-hour, 18-week course. 12 people completed MITC, including a high school student and a participant from Argentina. 11 are Spanish speakers and 1 speaks Arabic. 7 counties were represented. TLC’s program prepares students to take the test to become certified medical interpreters through either […]

Fall TESL Students Graduate

Congratulations to our newest Teach English as a Second Language (TESL) program graduates! Four students completed TLC’s Fall TESL program. It was the 64th cohort to graduate.

TLC Executive Director Announces Retirement; New Interim Director Named

Dr. Janice Snow Rodriguez, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Language Center (TLC), has announced her retirement, effective February 1, 2024. Eric Amos, currently Director of TLC’s Interpretation and Translation Services (ITS), has been named Interim Executive Director, a position he will assume on Dec. 1, 2023. Dr. Rodriguez joined TLC (formerly the Tennessee Foreign […]

TLC Receives 2023 TNCPE Commitment Award

TLC is excited to be recognized with the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence’s 2023 TNCPE Commitment Award. TNCPE helps organizations with affordable, in-depth assessments with the goal of performance improvement. TLC’s award was the result of a rigorous assessment and site visit process. An organization recognized with the Commitment Award demonstrates serious commitment and implementation […]

TLC Participates in TWLTA Annual Conference

Brian Barnett and Maya Campbell from TLC’s World Languages department participated in the annual Tennessee World Languages Teaching Association (TWLTA) conference. In addition to promoting our Spanish and Arabic for Educators programs, Brian also presented “Enriching the World Languages Curriculum: Incorporating Language Varieties and Registers,”  as one of the conference workshops.

TLC Provides Portuguese Interpreters for Company Celebration

Portobello America, a Brazilian-owned porcelain and ceramic tiles company, celebrated the grand opening of its U.S. headquarters and first production facility in Baxter, TN. TLC provided Portuguese interpreters for the leaders, managers, and stakeholders from Brazil for the several-day celebration. We provided interpreters for Nashville trolley tours on Friday, the grand opening celebration and event […]

TLC Offers Spanish Toolkit for Medical Personnel Training

Training Specialist Richard Ponce de Leon and Project Manager Genna Linton presented TLC’s “Spanish Toolkit for Medical Personnel” training for the second time at VUMC. The class was full with 50 participants and a waiting list. This 4-hour training introduces the participants to aspects of Hispanic culture and key Spanish phrases that might be helpful […]

TLC Partners with Head Start to Offer English to Parents

TLC’s ESL program is offering English classes to parents at three Head Start programs. This is the 7th year TLC has offered this program. This Fall, around 100 parents will take English classes at Paragon Mills Elementary, Glenview Elementary, and Susan Gray Elementary Head Start programs in Middle Tennessee. Learning English helps these parents be […]

TLC Recognized with Helping Hand Diversity Award

The Tennessee Language Center and Executive Director Janice Rodriguez were recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as Leaders in Diversity. The NBJ’s inaugural class of 25 honorees in Middle Tennessee includes those individuals and companies leading the charge to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.