In 1972, the California School for the Deaf was in the planning stages of moving its campus from Berkeley to Fremont. Stakeholders in the deaf community approached the college about starting ASL classes to prepare the community for such a large influx of citizens who were deaf or hard of hearing. The school was opened in 1980 and has continued to grow ever since. Ohlone Community College offers a wide range of courses to meet every student’s needs. Ohlone offers developmental English and Math programs, a Direct Employment program, a Deaf Educational Paraprofessional program, STEM support program and ASL/English as a second language. The Ohlone program is special for the type of inclusive environment it has created surrounding its Deaf Adult Learner programs. Fostering a large signing community, Ohlone is home to the Deaf Preparatory Program, the American Sign Language program, Interpreter Preparation Program, Gallaudet University Regional Center, and the DEAFTec Project for California.