“Can we do this again??” was the first thing Karina Beltrán, a junior at Antioch High School asked after presenting corporate training in Spanish to non-English speaking employees at the Brentwood Hilton Suites. The Academy of Hospitality’s Spanish teacher Stephanie Ridley took four bright and ambitious young women who speak Spanish to the hotel to translate and present trainings to the staff. The students, who were delighted at the thought of giving back to their own culture, also assisted the employees in filling out documents which acknowledged that they had taken part in their annual training session at Brentwood Hilton Suites. Afterwards, a smiling Tom Rybak, General Manager at Brentwood Hilton Suites, enthusiastically extended an invitation to work with the Antioch juniors again, which they glowingly accepted. This collaboration continues to strengthen and expand the partnership between Antioch’s Academy of Hospitality and Brentwood Hilton Suites.
When Ms. Ridley first asked Priscilla Serrano, a graduating senior, if she was interested in translating, Priscilla calmly replied, “Of course! I mean, we’ve been translating all of our lives!!”
Student translators were Ruby Lopez, Priscilla Serrano, Katrina Beltran, Clarisa Arias.