Recent Graduates Follow Their Passions to Create New Businesses
Editor’s Note: From time to time, Reflections Magazine will highlight entrepreneurial alumni who have recently started business ventures within the past year. This article spotlights Ashlee Trempus ’15 and Kenneth DeGraaf ’16.
Ashlee Trempus ’15: SignOn
As a sign language interpreter, Ashlee Trempus ’15 is used to face-to-face contact with the deaf community in helping them communicate with the world around them.
When she graduated from SHU’s Lansing campus with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies, she decided to bring that face-to-face concept to the Internet. Trempus co-founded the start-up company SignOn, which is a “virtual immersion program” that connects the hearing and deaf communities through authentic learning interactions.
Trempus said she got the idea when an illness slowed her ability to complete her required hours of interaction she needed for her interpreter certification.
“I became homebound,” she said. “I was unable to travel.”