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Ohlone College is a community college located in Fremont, Californiamarker. It was established in 1965. Ohlone College is a single college, multi campus district serving the areas of Fremont, Newark, and Union City with its main campus and district office in Fremont. It is one of 110 Community Colleges in the State of California and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

A satellite center called the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology opened in January 2008 on an 80-plus-acre site in Newark, Californiamarker. Voters approved a $150 million bond measure for this project in March 2002.

History of Ohlone College

"Officially named Ohlone College on June 18, 1967, the institution honors the early Ohlone Indians of the Costanoan tribe, who inhabited the Fremont and Newark area. Long before the local Indians were named Costanoans by the Spanish priests, they were known by a neighboring Miwuk tribe as the Ohlones or “people of the West.” Distinguished by peaceful pursuits, especially in agriculture, they held profound reverence for the earth, believing it was theirs for living and not for the taking. They aided the Franciscan Fathers in building Mission San Josémarker in the late 18th century and prospered until 1806-33 when a series of epidemics virtually destroyed the tribe."

The Fremont-Newark Junior College District was formed in 1965 following voter approval. Ohlone College opened at Serra Center in 1967, with construction of the Fremont campus following in 1972. The district was first renamed Fremont-Newark Community College District, then Ohlone Community College District.

Academic Areas

Center for Deaf Studies

The Center for Deaf Studies is proud to have one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the West designed to meet the academic and vocational needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Ohlone College was created in 1967 to serve members of the Fremont Community. In 1972, the Ohlone College Center for Deaf Studies and Special Services was established when the College opened its doors to 30 Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. The population changes each semester and the Center for Deaf Studies has grown and has served up to 200 Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in a single year.

The Center for Deaf Studies is designed to open doors to educational and occupational opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

The primary purpose of the Center for Deaf Studies is to provide an opportunity for all individuals to gain maximum benefit from their educational experience. Ohlone College encourages Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to participate with their peers in the same activities and courses.

Environmental Studies Department

Carl Sagan once asked, “Who will speak for Earth?”

Alviso Slough.With this question and the namesake of our college in mind, the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology was founded in the spring of 2008. The opening of this LEEDs Platinum campus reinforced the overall commitment of the Ohlone Community College District not only in providing a first rate academic environment but also its commitment to the community at large.

Using a holistic approach to the field of Environmental Studies, the Green Academy of Sciences and Technology External link. was created as an overall “green umbrella” to bring the best from both the social and physical science disciplines to the students.

Courses in the Ohlone College Environmental Studies Department include:

  • Solar Photovaltaic Design and Installation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental Law and Regulations
  • Environmental GIS

Degrees offered include Environmental Studies A.A. and Environmental Science A.S. (both are also transfer majors). Certificates include Environmental Stewardship and Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Biotechnology Department

Ohlone College offers classes leading to a certificate in Biotechnology. The field of Biotechnology is making groundbreaking discoveries that fight disease, improve food production, and help with cleaning up the environment. Biotechnology is a growing industry in southern Alameda and Santa Clara Counties - with excellent opportunities, pay, and benefits to its employees.

Ohlone's Degree and Certificates in Biotechnology provide students with an excellent preparation in various protocols and hands-on laboratory skills used in many biotech companies. A goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions. Degree offered: Biotechnology A.S. Certificates offered: Bio Manufacturing, Biostatistics, Cell Production, Quality Control.

High School Outreach Programs

Learning Alliance for Bioscience (LAB) Program: A National Science Foundation funded program that places high school students from underrepresented populations on an academic pathway to prepare for college degrees in biotechnology.

Fine Arts, Business, and Communication Division

Ohlone College offers many opportunities for personal achievement in arts for students and for the community. Participation in the arts broadens perspectives, stimulates the imagination, celebrates diversity, builds bridges across cultures, and exposes us to magnificent artistic monuments.

Fine Arts, Business, and Communication Division consists of the departments of Art, Broadcasting (Film & Television and Radio), Business Administration, Business Supervision Management, Journalism, Multimedia, Music, Real Estate, Speech and Communication Studies, and Theatre and Dance. Instructional programs serve three main student constituencies: (1) transfer, (2) occupational, and (3) continuing education. We seek to assist in the development of cultural arts in the Fremont-Newark community.

The division offers general education classes in the arts and provides practical instruction in studio art as well as performing opportunities in musical groups and theatrical productions. Each Spring, the Annual Student Art Show takes place in the Louie-Meager Art Gallery overseen by gallery director/curator Kenney Mencher, and the Multimedia Festival takes place at Hyman Hall on Ohlone College's Fremont campus.

Broadcasting Department

Ohlone College is the home of 89.3 KOHLmarker radio and ONTV-28 television channel broadcast over cable. The radio station and TV studios are housed on the campus. The Ohlone Network News on the TV channel is prepared and delivered by students themselves. KOHL has been the host of notable individuals such as civil rights activist Bobby Seale and actress Rita Moreno.

Certificates offered by the Broadcasting Department at Ohlone College include:

  • Audio Technician
  • Digital Video and Editing
  • Entertainment Television
  • Lighting and Video for Television
  • Live Television Production
  • Music Video Production
  • Radio Air Talent
  • Radio Digital Production
  • Radio Program Management
  • Radio Studio Operations
  • Journalism
  • Theatrical and TV Lighting Technician
  • and more

Broadcasting: Film & Television

Ohlone College Broadcasting: Film and Television offers classes in film production, television production, television directing, and television editing, using both AVID non-linear editing and Final Cut Pro non-linear editing, The department teaches hands-on digital video production, using full-size Sony DV Cams, and television news production including a live weekly newscast during the spring and fall semesters, as well as an ASL (American Sign Language) live newscast.

Students have the opportunity to write, produce and edit their own short films which are then broadcast on Ohlone College Television ONTV Channel 28 (Comcast Cable) and streamed live to the internet at The station broadcasts theater department productions, student-produced films and television pilots, as well as other content aimed at a college audience.

Broadcasting: Radio

Ohlone College's Radio Broadcasting department is a career-oriented, operations intensive curriculum featuring the latest technology. Lecture and lab situations combine to provide students with the background and skills required to meet the needs of the radio communications industry. Students broadcasting in the radio control room for KOHLmarker Radio 89.3. Students are exposed to both analog and digital studio systems, including digital multitrack production techniques.

KOHL Radio 89.3 is a commercial-free FM radio station broadcasting in the contemporary hit format. Because of the high level of professionalism projected by Ohlone broadcasting students over the air, many area residents are unaware that they are listening to a student station.

Health Sciences Division

The Health Sciences and Environmental Studies Division at Ohlone College can help you prepare for a job as a Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, or Phlebotomist. Most programs only take between two and three years to complete.

Environmental factors

Like nearly all such structures built in the 1960s, the school's gymnasium was analyzed in 1989 and found to contain asbestos fibers; in addition acoustical reverberation analysis was conducted at that time. These analyses led to the replacement of the gymnasium ceiling with asbestos free material that offered higher acoustical absorption to mitigate the previous reverberation issue.

The Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology opened in January 2008 as the country's first "green" community college. The campus features state-of-the-art energy conservation capability, onsite solar energy generation, geothermal heating and cooling technology, recycling/Reuse techniques, healthy building materials, natural lighting, ergonomic furnishings, soils and watershed conservation, and drought-resistant/native plants.

Associated Students

The Associated Students of Ohlone College exists to represent the student's needs, wants, and concerns.

Student Government

The Associated Students of Ohlone College (ASOC) Student Government consists of Senators and seven Executive Officers. More information can be found on the Ohlone College Website or the ASOC Student Government Website

2009-2010 Executive Officers

  • Kevin Feliciano

Vice President
  • Ngan Vu

  • Tina Sayadi

  • Akash Patel

Representative At Large
  • Nayyara Shaik

Student Member, Board of Trustees
  • Lauren Baca

Legislative Representative
  • Michaela Devine


Ohlone College has many active clubs. The following is a list as of April 27, 2009

  • Afghan Youth Coalition
  • American Sign Language Club (ASL Club)
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Health Care Coalition
  • Anime Club
  • Asian Pacific American Student Association (APASA)
  • Bibliophiles Anonymous
  • Biology Club
  • Business and Economics Club
  • Game Developers Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Indian Student Association
  • International Club
  • Liberated Individuals For the Environment (LIFE Club)
  • Make-A-Wish
  • Math League
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • Ohlone College Civic Engagement Club
  • Ohlone League of Engineering
  • Photography Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Smash University (Competitive Badminton)
  • Speech and Communications Club
  • Statistics Club


  • Nurses of Ohlone College
  • Peer Mentors
  • Respiratory Therapy

Media References


  1. Ohlone College Bond Projects
  2. Ohlone College, About Ohlone College
  3. UC Berkeley, Fremont Community Profile, Mission San Jose Timeline
  4. First American Title, title report, 2005-02-28
  5. District News Release: Unity Week Features Black Panthers' Founder Bobby Seale - Office of the President - Ohlone College
  6. Panther leader Seale speaks at Ohlone on civil rights | Oakland Tribune | Find Articles at
  7. Tri-City Voice Newspaper - Whats Happening - Fremont, Union City, Newark, California
  8. Washington Hospital | “Sharing Memories of a Lifetime” with Rita Moreno
  9. '‘Results of asbestos and acoustical analyses, Ohlone College Gymnasium, Earth Metrics Inc report 7816, prepared for Ohlone College, March 23, 1989
  10. Campus of the Future - Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology
  13. Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner.New York: Riverhead, 2007: 92.

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