Application - ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program

IPP Application Checklist

Thank you for your interest in the Ohlone College Interpreter Preparation Program (Ohlone IPP). The program provides an integrated series of coursework in ASL and ASL/English interpretation. Courses are taught by an enthusiastic group of ASL and interpreting professors. And, we are excited to have access to the Sign Language/Interpreting Lab complete with Macintosh computers with built in webcams that allows for frequent student taping. Additionally we have a Screening Day where we gather collectively with local interpreters and Deaf people to select the Ohlone IPP cohort group.

Where to Begin

Go to the general information page.

You will find program information about pre-requisites, courses, our faculty, and an Application and Introduction Letter. Please read this information carefully.


The application and required documents must be submitted/postmarked by the third Friday in April. Qualified applicants will be asked to attend an all-day interview/screening day on the first Saturday in May.

Step 1

Read through the Ohlone IPP Prerequisites. Determine your enrollment eligibility.

Step 2

  • Complete the online Application Form
  • Please send transcripts to
    • Use this naming format for transcripts:
    • Use this naming format for supplemental documents:
    • .PDF or Word documents are acceptable

Step 3

Submit the application and required documents In order to be fair to all students, no late applications will be considered.

Step 4

The application asks for 3 references. Your references will need to fill out a form online to recommend you as an applicant. Please give this link to your references. If any of your references prefer to share a recommendation in ASL, please ask that they provide a link to their ASL version on the reference information form.

Step 5

Qualified applicants will be contacted via the email and/or phone numbers listed on the application. Qualified applicants will be asked to attend an all-day interview/screening day, held the first Saturday in May.

Checklist of Materials Needed Prior to Completing the Application

  1. Unofficial copy of college/university transcripts including Ohlone College. You will see a link on the application for uploading your transcripts.

  2. Submission Information: you will be asked to complete the application form online and submit it along with transcripts and any supplemental documents.

  3. Work history information including position, dates, supervisor name and contact information.

  4. Names of three references with contact information. At least two of your references must be Deaf. Your third reference may also be a Deaf person but can be someone who knows you professionally or personally.

  5. Prepare brief statement describing your interest in the program, the qualities you have that would make you an effective interpreter, and your reasons for becoming an ASL/English interpreter.

    This statement is to be in written English (500 words or less). We recommend you also submit an optional version of your statement ASL in addition to the English version.

Preparing for Screening Day

There are many ways that you can prepare:

  • Interact with Deaf people.
  • Attend Deaf community events open to students.
  • Practice with your ASL 1-4 texts.
  • Practice with other videos.
  • Watch the ASL signer, paraphrase the presentation in ASL yourself, watch the ASL signer again and modify.
  • Videotape yourself and get feedback from others.
  • Work with a Deaf mentor.

We offer an introductory course, ASL-159 Introduction to the Interpreting Profession. This course covers an introduction to the field of interpreting and an overview of the Ohlone College Interpreter Preparation Program. Please check your course schedule for ASL-159, for the upcoming semester.

Address your questions to the IPP Coordinator at, Voice (510) 659-6275 or Video Phone (510) 344-5705.

We look forward to receiving your application!