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Connecting Cleveland’s Newcomers through Translation

translation in cleveland connects

translation in cleveland connects

Translation in Cleveland Connects Newcomers

Well known for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland is also home to Applied Industrial Technologies and NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland provides numerous reasons to both attract and retain people to the area.

As the seat of Cuyahoga, county Cleveland, Ohio is a true metropolis in its own right. The most recent 2016 census in reported in excess of 2 Million residents in the Cleveland area. This statistic is impressive all on it’s own. But when we include reports like “Our Pathway to a Brighter Future: Ohio’s New American’s”, it becomes astounding! This report indicates that the state of Ohio lost approximately 183,000 native Ohioans from 2011-2017.


So how did that become a gain?

Instead of stepping back to recover, Cleveland chose to actively pursue those traits that would catapult its community and economy, forward. Organizations such as Global Cleveland focus on connecting newcomers to social and economic opportunity. Among the more than 87,000 foreign-born residents, 41.5% have bachelor’s degrees. These immigrants are revitalizing the state’s population as well as the talent pool and innovation gap that ensued with the previous decline.

As noted by Joe Cimperman of Global Cleveland, “The people who are coming here want to assimilate…” In order to accomplish that task successfully, some transitions must be expected and facilitated for educational needs, living and training accommodations.

Part of the transitioning process might include gaining proficiency in the English language.  But, as with learning any new language, the rate of mastery varies for each individual and is a challenging endeavor.  Translation of human resource documents quickly show their value for those who are more comfortable communicating in their native language. With the addition of well-planned, video-based training, video translation is especially effective in engaging this audience as well as helping them understand the message.  In cases for immigrants who lag in reading comprehension in even their native language, video translation can be augmented by the addition of voice-overs in the languages needed.


What about the remaining 51,000?

To be sure, the other foreign born immigrants without a bachelor’s degree are indeed becoming part of the economic landscape of Cleveland and it’s county. With the help of translation agencies the daily tasks of providing document translations for personal identification, birth certificate and driver’s license help in the process of purchasing real estate and other locally sold goods. And when addressing the needs of those immigrants who are seeking lower level employment, translation of employee handbooks and in some cases translating training videos assists employers in developing a trained and productive workforce. All of these methods can be used to help bridge this gap as immigrants become residents.

When business related translation services are needed, JR Language is here to help. Our Translators work in their native languages to ensure the most accurate and relevant translation is available for your needs.


Jackie Ruffolo
Jackie Ruffolo
Jackie was born in Venezuela and has a BS in computer engineering. As President of JR Language, she spends time researching new technology and productivity tools for the Company. She holds a certificate of Localization and Project Management- Localization. Through her many years of experience working in multilingual corporate environments, she understands firsthand the value of bridging language barriers in creating smooth communication that allows for productive and happy work environments. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and is a frequent contributor to both our English and Spanish blogs. 20 Years of experience in marketing Jackie loves nature and to be outdoors.