Ohlone Community College and Gallaudet University Partnership Offers More Educational Opportunities for ASL Interpreters - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-On Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Ohlone College and Gallaudet University signed an agreement between the two institutions, enhancing the long standing partnership between Gallaudet and Ohlone.

Representatives from Ohlone and Galluadet at signing.-Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

The partnership allows students in the two-year Associate Degree Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) at Ohlone to transfer credits into Gallaudet's four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program. Students who transfer to Gallaudet will live and study with Deaf people from the United States and abroad on Gallaudet's bilingual campus. Gallaudet signed a similar agreement last year with Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.

Gallaudet is the only university in the world to offer interpreter programs from the bachelor's level to the doctorate level within a sign language immersive environment. Gallaudet's award-winning interactive interpretation laboratories prepare students for a high-demand career through hands-on training in a variety of medical, business, education, and government settings.

Graduates from Gallaudet's interpretation degree programs work in a variety of settings for organizations, individuals, and government agencies. Alumni of the programs work in settings such as business, education, government, theatre, medicine, law, health care, and video relay.

The interpretation classes are optimized for American Sign Language instruction and classrooms are equipped to serve the needs of the rapidly advancing field of interpretation. The department's amenities include tools that allow for recording live and interactive interpreting role play, video conferencing for national and global collaboration among students and faculty, and private recording booths and central computer stations for individual and class activities. The Center for the Advancement of Interpretation and Translation Research includes a library, filming rooms, video relay services (VRS) simulation center, and student research bays with video and statistical software.

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet, located in Washington, D.C., maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. Ohlone College is a two-year college located in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering over 180 degrees and certificates. Ohlone is part of the California Community College system, annually serving nearly 17,000 students in our District, which includes the cities of Fremont, Newark and part of Union City.

Ohlone College focuses on preparing students to graduate with AA/AS degrees, transferring students to universities to continue their education, providing workforce training that meets the needs of local employers, and offering college preparatory courses. The Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone College opened in 1972 and now serves approximately 800 students in Deaf Studies courses, ASL courses, and in the Interpreter Preparation Program.

Gallaudet University contact:
Kaitlin Luna, Coordinator of Media and Public Relations
(202) 448-7106 voice
(202) 250-2973 videophone
(585) 507-1705 mobile/text

Ohlone College media contact:
Patrice Birkedahl, Director of College Advancement
(510) 659-6208

Ohlone College Deaf Studies Division contact:
Darline Gunsauls, Dean
(510) 659-6269
(510) 344-5740 videophone

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