CCBC receives $652,000 from Hoeper Foundation

Jun 12, 2017 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

Foundation total contributions exceed $1 million to support CCBC scholarships and its Interpreter Prep Program
Baltimore County, MD – Community College of Baltimore County is the recipient of $652,000 from the Hoeper Foundation – bringing the Foundation’s total giving in excess of $1 million to support CCBC scholarships and the college’s Interpreter Preparation program and Learning Lab.

In 2015, CCBC renamed its Interpreter Prep Learning Lab the “The Bernice and A. Eugene Hoeper Learning Lab,” to honor Hoeper Foundation founder – Bernice B. Hoeper and her late husband Eugene Hoeper for their generosity. Mr. Hoeper was born deaf and Mrs. Hoeper lost her hearing at the age of 18 after suffering from spinal meningitis. Mrs. Hoeper completed her undergraduate degree at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., and in 1975 went on to become the first deaf woman ever to receive a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore. The couple set up the A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation to provide support to programs designed to help alleviate extreme loneliness and isolation experienced by chronically ill and home-bound deaf individuals through visitations and Cheer-by-Mail. The organization’s funds also supported respite for caretakers and provided specialized equipment.

According to Rebecca Minor, assistant professor and program coordinator for CCBC’s Interpreter Preparation Program, "The Interpreter Preparation Program is so grateful for the generosity of the Hoeper Foundation. The funding will ensure that students for a variety of backgrounds will be supported as they work toward becoming interpreters for the Deaf."

CCBC offers two Interpreter Prep program options. The A.A.S program is ideal for students who want to become American Sign Language Interpreters and do not already have a degree. The Certificate program is ideal for students who want to become American Sign Language Interpreters but already have a degree. Transcript evaluation may be necessary to determine if prerequisites have been fulfilled.

For more information about the Interpreter Preparation Program visit www.ccbcmd.edu/interpreter-prep/.

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