Thanks to a family finances class from a JP nonprofit, Marisol Pascual-Valletta has taken the next step in her dream to become a Spanish-English court interpreter. On Nov. 5 she'll start a Boston University course to build on her skills as a medical interpreter to add in higher-paying work in the court system. Pascual-Valletta gives a lot of credit to a free seven-week course offered through the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.: The "Family Prosperity Initiative"
"The first night I went to class, I loved it," she said. Before the class, which is taught in small groups in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English-speaking students, she said she didn't realize how important it is to have a family budget.