Partnership Supports Ohlone College’s Deaf Studies Program - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-A long-time partnership with Ohlone College Deaf Studies Program and the Interpreter Preparation program of a Swedish College was formally extended earlier this month. The signing event continues a fruitful six-year partnership that officially began in 2008 when the original Sister College agreement was signed. Anna Hein, Dean and Vice President of Sodertorns Folkhogskola, came from Sweden to sign the agreement with Dr. Gari Browning, President of Ohlone College; and Darline Gunsauls, Associate Dean of Deaf Studies at Ohlone.

asdfLeft to right: Anna Hein, Dean and Vice President of Sodertorns Folkhogskola; Dr. Gari Browning, President of Ohlone College; and Darline Gunsauls, Associate Dean of Deaf Studies.

The partnership between the two colleges helps to improve Ohlone’s Interpreter Training Programs via in-service training that includes international Deaf Studies curriculum. The collaborative exchange of information expands the breadth of the robust, award-winning Deaf Studies program at Ohlone College.

Ohlone and Sodertorns Folkhogskola’s partnership was born from a professional relationship after ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Professor, Shelley Lawrence and Anna Hein, met in the mid-70s at an international Sign Language conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. After several years of in-depth collaboration and training between the two colleges, Ohlone formalized their partnership on June 1, 2008.

Sodertorns Folkhogskola is a highly regarded Swedish college that specializes in education for parents of Deaf children and professional interpreter training, including caption/subtitle writing and interpreting for the Deaf-Blind. The college also specializes in helping students to obtain internships during and after receiving an education there.

Ohlone College’s Deaf Studies program is an international leader in its field, possessing one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the West. It is designed to meet the academic and vocational needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and placing a unique emphasis on the language and culture of deaf people. The College has welcomed Deaf students and members of the College faculty since 1972, making Ohlone a pioneer among the community colleges that now serve Deaf people.

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