About the ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program

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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 and interpreting theory. They progress through skills classes that focus on different aspects of the interpreting process, including studies of ethics, interpersonal skill development, translation skills and interpreting in specialized settings. Three of the four semesters include off-campus placements in real-world interpreting environments to develop practical skills and establish a strong community foundation for entering the field upon graduation. 

Unique to Ohlone's IPP:

  • A Deaf mentorship program in the second semester. Students are paired with Deaf/Hard of Hearing professionals to better understand the diversity of the communities that they will be partnering with in the future.
  • A pre-internship practice course for students to gain experience in managing the demands of interpreting in a variety of real settings.
  • An extensive internship course in the final semester that helps bridge classroom knowledge with real world experience. 

Community engagement:

  • 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 Deaf Studies Division partners closely with the California School for the Deaf and the large Deaf community in Fremont, providing opportunities in a wide variety of professional, social, and cultural settings.
  • Ohlone houses the Gallaudet University Regional Center (GURC) that serves the entire western region of the country. The GURC brings the resources of Gallaudet University to Ohlone through partnerships with four host sites. 



40YEARSThe length that Ohlone College's IPP has been in existence
SAVE LOADS OF MONEYAt an affordable $46 per unit, you can't beat the price compared to CSU, UC and private colleges
TOP-NOTCH FACULTY Ohlone's IPP faculty are well-known and well-respected teachers, interpreters, presenters, authors & more on the local, national, and international level
STRONGcollaborations with nationally renowned deaf schools, deaf programs & service agencies for a well-rounded experience
COHORT APPROACHSmall class size allows for abundant personal interactions & one-on-one attention
IDEALLY LOCATED AMIDST A LARGE AND DIVERSE DEAF POPULATION Ohlone's Deaf Studies Division has one of the largest concentrations of Deaf students in community colleges nationwide. Located close to California School for the Deaf (CSD) in Fremont & within a large thriving Deaf community, providing outstanding opportunities for practice & interaction
Ohlone College Interpreter Preparation Program Rocks!
100% PASSING RATEfor IPP graduates who take the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) written exam
TRANSFERArticulation agreements with Gallaudet University and other colleges & universities for BA /> MA interpreting programs
2-YEAR PROGRAMThe program provides an intensive training and experience that is unparalleled elsewhere
WELL-RESPECTEDOhlone's IPP is respected & supported by the SF Bay Area Deaf community due to its excellent reputation
INTRIGUED? FOR MORE INFO & HOW TO APPLY:Visit our website or email IPP at ipp@
Ohlone College Interpreter Preparation Program Rocks!

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