Fred Hilke was hired as a Counseling and Physical Education faculty member on September 1, 1976 and retired on December 16, 2011, after 35 years of distinguished service. Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.
Fred founded the Disabled Students Program at Ohlone College and served as the Counselor and Coordinator of the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) department for 28 years, from 1976 to 2004. He was a dedicated advocate for students with special needs and worked tirelessly to ensure they received appropriate services and accommodations.
Fred was successful in obtaining multiple State and Federal grants to support the DSPS program. One of the more important projects was state funding to develop and implement an Adaptive Technology Lab, which provides tools for students with disabilities to interact with and use computers. This lab continues to this day and is a tremendous resource for students.
Fred initiated the Adaptive Physical Education program and taught all its Adaptive PE and Aquatics courses for over three decades. He managed the Veteran Services Program, mentored several new counselors and interns, and was a club advisor.
Fred served the college on numerous campus-wide committees, including the Faculty Senate, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self Evaluation Task Force, Matriculation, Occupational Education, Faculty Position Planning, Safety and the Disabled Student Advisory committees.
Fred served on the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office DSPS Individual Education Plan (IEP) Task Force, and on several Community College program reviews and evaluations. He served as a regional representative for the Chancellors Office DSPS Task Force, and frequently presented at conventions of the California Association of Post-Secondary Educators of the Disabled.
Fred counseled students with disabilities his entire tenure, and provided the highest quality academic, career and personal counseling.