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.
- 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.