The Ohlone College Center for Deaf Studies has one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in California specifically designed to meet the academic and vocational needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, offering a wide variety of programs and courses which can prepare them to enter professional and/or occupational careers, or provide them with life enrichment experiences.
The Center offers self-contained classes taught in American Sign Language and designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Course offerings include English as a Second Language for foreign-born students, work experience classes, college preparatory classes, and college-level transfer coursework. College-Preparatory courses offered include English, Writing, Reading, and Grammar, ESL, and Mathematics.
Students who successfully complete the courses in the Deaf Preparatory program can go on to complete other programs and courses offered in the Deaf Studies Division or in other academic and vocational programs throughout the College. In the Deaf Studies Division, students can complete a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate in Arts Degree in Deaf Education and Sign Language Studies. College level courses are offered in Deaf Education, Deaf Culture, Deaf History, American Sign Language (ASL) Linguistics, Career Exploration, Personal Development, College Study Skills, and more.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Ohlone are diverse in their cultural and educational backgrounds. They come from California, neighboring states, and many foreign countries. They come from residential schools, mainstreamed programs, oral programs, and other college and university programs. Students range in age from high school to post-retirement and enroll in a variety of programs both as full-time and part-time students.
The large population of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students allows for a wide variety of extracurricular activities both on and off campus. In addition to the Ohlone ASL Club, students are involved in all phases of campus life. Opportunities to interact with hearing students are plentiful as the Center offers ASL classes to more than 500 hearing students each year.
Off campus, students become involved in the many activities available in the Bay Area Deaf Community.