The Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa., scored first place with 100 percent of its students holding membership in NCRA’s first contest held to generate student affiliation with the association. The college earns a free mini convention from NCRA that will be tailored specifically to the school’s needs.
The contest, which ran in November through early December, invited schools to encourage their students to join NCRA. Each school’s percentage of students holding membership in NCRA was based upon the total enrollment number as reported in 2013, compared to the number of students associated with the school as of Dec. 16. Each court reporting school was provided with a membership packet that included membership forms, contest rules, and information about the many benefits NCRA offers students, such as low membership fees of $6 per month, deep discounts in the association store, subsidized convention registration fees, and career resources for future job placement.
The competition drew a total of 22 participating court reporting schools across the nation. Earning second and third place were Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Ala., and Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y., with a NCRA student membership rate of 70 percent and 64 percent respectively.
The winning school will not be eligible to compete again in the NCRA membership contest until 2016. The following rounded out the top 10 schools with highest percentage of student membership in NCRA during the contest:
Miami-Jacobs Career College in Independence, Ohio with a 60 percent student membership;
Realtime Center for Learning, Inc., in Westbury, N.Y., with 60 percent student membership;
College of Court Reporting, Inc., in Hobart, Ind., with 56 percent student membership;
Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., with 44 percent student membership;
Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minn., with 43 percent student membership;
Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., with 36 percent student membership;
Sumner College in Portland, Ore., with a 32 percent student membership.
Other schools that reported NCRA student membership increases during the contest included:
Atlantic Technical Center, Coconut Creek, Fla.;
Bryan University, Los Angeles, Calif.;
MacCormac College, Chicago, Ill.;
Prince Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.;
Sage College, Moreno Valley, Calif.;
San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas;
Sheridan Technical Center, Hollywood, Fla.;
South Coast College, Orange, Calif.;
Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis, Tenn.;
Stautzenberger College, Maumee, Ohio;
StenoTech Center Career Institute, Piscataway, N.J.