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About the ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program

Established in 1976, The Ohlone College IPP boasts the first American Sign Language ASL-English interpreter education program in Northern California. In the Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP), you will experience:

  • small classes
  • individualized attention
  • a new Mac dedicated ASL lab
  • a robust curriculum of courses
  • many opportunities to interact with Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of Hearing, and ASL students.

Two female and one male students signing while sitting at a table.Our program is a two-year, full-time, cohort-based course of study. The curriculum offers core courses as well as bridge courses for specific areas of practice, knowledge and skill development, open to working Deaf and hearing interpreters and ASL students interessted in interpreting.

Admission to the ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program is by special application.

Our rigorous, two-year program prepares students for entry level interpreting upon graduation. Students begin by taking foundation courses in comparative linguistics, English and ASL discourse, interpreting theory, and progress through studies of Ethics, effective interpersonal skill development,translation skills and interpreting in specialized settings.

Unique to Ohlone's IPP:

  • a 250-hour Deaf mentorship program in the second semester. Students are paired with Deaf/Hard of Hearing professionals in several settings to better understand the Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing professionals in a variety of settings.
  • A course for students go out into the community for experience in managing the demands of interpreting in a variety of settings without consumers being dependent on the message. 
  • An internship course is offered in the final semester that helps bridge classroom knowledge with real world experience in a variety of settings. Students are encouraged to develop internship placements locally, out of state and internationally.

Ohlone's Deaf student-population averages about 150 national and international students per year.

  • IPP students have the opportunity to become involved in the social and cultural activities of the Deaf Community both on campus and in the greater San Francisco Bay area.
  • The proximity of the California School for the Deaf and the large Deaf Community in Fremont provides opportunities in a wide variety of professional, social, and cultural settings.
  • The Gallaudet University Regional Center on campus at Ohlone: The GURC brings the resources of Gallaudet University , the world’s only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing people, to Ohlone through partnerships with four host sites. The Western Regional Center of GURC, hosted at Ohlone, is comprised of the following 13 states: AK, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY.

Links to our program vlogs:

Group of five students in Ohlone's Deaf Studies programs.