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Jessica Fugaro, Dentist

Jessica Fugaro
Jessica Fugaro

“After living 24 years in Mexico City, 22 years in the US, and being raised and educated bilingual, like others, I assumed that a translator and/or interpreter were 'simply' bilingual professionals,” says Jessica Fugaro, who graduated from the online Certificate in Professional Translation and Interpreting in spring 2020. 

Following a non-traditional career path, Jessica graduated first with a degree in dentistry in her native Mexico, and came to the US to pursue a master’s degree in Operative Dentistry. In her private practice, she identified a tremendous need for professional translators and interpreters for Spanish speakers and even though she found herself being asked to perform such tasks without any previous training, she always felt she needed to pursue education in the field to be able to translate and interpret professionally. “I can state, without a doubt, that studying translation and interpreting at the university level has opened my eyes to many different subjects that require a wide spectrum of knowledge. This is not limited to terminology; it includes a greater understanding of contexts,” comments Jessica about her learning journey at UMass Amherst. 

To add credentials to her resume as a professional interpreter and improve her employment prospects in the field, Jessica took and passed the certification exam for healthcare interpreters from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters in fall 2020. When asked about her experience in the program, she added, “I am extremely proud and honored to now be a UMass Amherst Alumni. I highly recommend the program for those who are seeking to become a qualified professional translator and/or interpreter.”