CCBC In­ter­preter Prepa­ra­tion pro­gram, class­room re­named to honor bene­fac­tors

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The Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County ded­i­cated and re­named its In­ter­preter Prepa­ra­tion pro­gram and class­room lab­o­ra­tory in honor of the late A. Eu­gene and Ber­nice Hoeper, who contributed more than $1 mil­lion in en­dow­ment fund­ing to CCBC through the A. Eu­gene Hoeper Foun­da­tion. The en­dow­ment sup­ports schol­ar­ships for CCBC’s Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage (ASL) and In­ter­preter Prepa­ra­tion stu­dents. The In­ter­preter Prep Learn­ing Lab at CCBC Ca­tonsville was re­named as the A. Eu­gene and Ber­nice Hoeper Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage In­ter­pret­ing Lab­o­ra­tor y.

“We are grate­ful for the Hoeper Foun­da­tion’s ex­tra­or­di­nary gift to our stu­dents and our pro­gram,” said Pro­fes­sor Re­becca F. Mi­nor, Ph.D., CCBC In­ter­preter Prepa­ra­tion Pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor. “Their gen­eros­ity will sup­port many stu­dents, along with pro­gram ini­tia­tives, and gives us flex­i­bil­ity to make pro­gram en­hance­ments and, ul­ti­mately, better pre­pare stu­dents for suc­cess­ful ca­reers as ASL in­ter­preters.”

Cre­ated in 1988 by Ber­nice Hoeper in honor of her hus­band, A. Eu­gene Hoeper, the A. Eu­gene Hoeper Foun­da­tion was founded as a non­profit ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing sup­port for pro­grams de­signed to help al­le­vi­ate lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion ex­pe­ri­enced by chron­i­cally ill and home­bound deaf in­di­vid­u­als. The Hoeper Foun­da­tion also sup­ported respite for care­tak­ers and pro­vided spe­cial­ized equip­ment for the deaf. The or­ga­ni­za­tion used vol­un­teers to pro­vide per­sonal vis­its, monthly cheer cards, quar­terly news­let­ters and more for the deaf com­mu­nity. Ber­nice Hoeper worked with CCBC In­ter­preter Prep stu­dents, who also were of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer with the foun­da­tion. The Hoeper Foun­da­tion be­gan pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships to CCBC In­ter­preter Prep stu­dents in 2006.

Es­tab­lished in 1983, CCBC’s In­ter­preter Prepa­ra­tion pro­gram has been pro­vid­ing ASL in­ter­preter de­grees and cer­tifi­cates for 35 years. Be­gin­ning in fall 2018, the pro­gram will of­fer new de­gree op­tions, which in­clude an As­so­ciate of Arts de­gree in ASL and Deaf Cul­ture and a re­vised cur­ricu­lum for the As­so­ciate of Ap­plied Sci­ence and Cer­tifi­cate in In­ter­preter Prepa­ra­tion.

Eu­gene Hoeper was born deaf and Ber­nice Hoeper lost her hear­ing at age 18 due to spinal menin­gi­tis. The cou­ple ded­i­cated their life to causes re­lated to the deaf com­mu­nity. Ber­nice Hoeper com­pleted her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree at Gal­laudet Uni­ver­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and, in 1975, she be­came the first deaf woman to re­ceive a mas­ter’s de­gree from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land School of So­cial Work in Bal­ti­more. The Hoeper Foun­da­tion was closed in 2015 upon the death of Ber­nice Hoeper.

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