By Ellen Goff
February is the month to celebrate! NCRA has declared Feb. 10-17 the sixth annual National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, an event designed to encourage members and students in the court reporting and captioning professions to celebrate by hosting special events within the community and more. Up-to-Speed shares what court reporting programs are doing to mark this year’s event.
NCRA encourages all schools to get involved in Court Reporting & Captioning Week by highlighting the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners to society. Court Reporting & Captioning Week is a perfect opportunity for students to share with friends, family, and members of the community what their careers will involve and why they chose this field. Events held this week promote the profession and showcase the career opportunities in the court reporting and captioning fields.
Updated resources are available to assist with planning and promoting activities during the week such as press release templates, posters, brochures, presentations, and more. Resources are available at NCRA.org and include materials tailored to members, schools, and state associations. Be sure to let NCRA know how you plan to celebrate by sharing your stories and photos via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a list of what some of the nation’s court reporting schools are planning to mark the event:
Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, Ohio
Court Reporting & Captioning Week will be widely celebrated at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). The students and faculty of the captioning and court reporting program will be hosting a panel of industry professionals for a discussion and Q&A session focused on encouraging students to “Envision Your Career!” Professionals will share their stories and advice about entering the field and building a career in court reporting and captioning.
Also during the week, Tri-C’s court reporting and captioning club will be conducting their annual Write-a-Thon fundraiser. Students will recruit sponsors who will pledge funds for every hour that the students practice their writing during the day. The Write-a-Thon will be held as a large group event in the main galleria on campus, so students will be able to show off their skills.
“We’re excited to hold our Write-a-Thon during Court Reporting & Captioning Week 2018,” says Todd Robie, president of the court reporting and captioning club. “This event is the cornerstone of our club’s efforts throughout the year to raise funding for our student members to attend professional events such as the NCRA Convention & Expo or the Ohio Court Reporters Association Annual Conference.”
Brown College of Court Reporting, Atlanta, Ga.
Brown College of Court Reporting is marking Court Reporting & Captioning Week with a week of games and prizes, guest speakers, and alumni to celebrate the profession and encourage students.
Monday: Grammar jam — Students will pick teams and go head to head in a Jeopardy!-style game show for prizes.
Tuesday: Financial literacy — A financial planner will be on campus to show students how to set themselves up for success.
Wednesday: Alumni event — Networking with fellow grads
Thursday: Guest speaker — Court reporter and mentor Debbie Kriegshauser, FAPR, RMR, CRR, CLVS, will be sharing advice on what it takes to be a successful reporter.
Des Moines Area Community College, Newton, Iowa
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is planning a field trip with current students to the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines. They hope to visit a number of courtrooms, speak with reporters and judges, and visit with the court administrator about official positions in Iowa.
On Feb. 17, DMACC will host an open house and information session at the Newton campus. The event will include realtime demonstrations, a panel discussion with court reporters, and a tour of campus for prospective students.
Atlantic Technical College, Coconut Creek, Fla.
The Atlantic Technical College (ATC) court reporting program will be celebrating Court Reporting & Captioning Week with the following activities:
- ATC court reporting students will tour the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.
- Members of the Broward County Schools Court Reporting Advisory Committee will visit court reporting classes as guest speakers. They will share information with students about court reporting careers and South Florida court reporting agencies.
- Students from various programs throughout the campus will be invited to tour the court reporting program to learn more about the program and court reporting careers available upon graduation.
- NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week will be featured on ATC’s Facebook page.
- ATC court reporting students will be participating in NCRA student activities.
Key College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Key College’s court reporting program announces a weeklong celebration of Court Reporting & Captioning Week.
- Three $1,000 scholarships will be given to new students. Winners will be selected by Florida employers within the court reporting industry.
- High school students will be offered free, four-week introductory classes.
- Guest speakers from the industry will be captioned and streamed to online students.
- Alumni guests will provide real-world experiences and insight into the different opportunities available for graduates.
- A banquet will be held honoring graduates who achieved the National Honor Society distinction.
All activities, as well as a tribute to Court Reporting & Captioning Week, will be featured on the school website and advertising.
The College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ind.
The College of Court Reporting (CCR) is planning to initiate and participate in several informative activities throughout Court Reporting & Captioning Week. First, CCR will focus on spreading the word about the court reporting profession to the community through fun competitions and seminars that will be held in local high school classrooms. CCR will also be posting to various social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) all week in order to share information about the field of court reporting and captioning. Finally, CCR will again participate in the Veteran’s History Project, which is a favorite of administrators and students alike.
“We believe that court reporting and captioning is worthy of national recognition and we are proud to take part in this national initiative,” said Nicky Rodriquez, admissions director at CCR.
Midstate College in Peoria, Ill.
Midstate College will be promoting a weeklong historical display about machine shorthand, starting with the Miles Bartholomew machine and ending with information about current machines and career options. Several machines and artifacts from a private collection will be part of the exhibit in the school’s library. In addition, a virtual display will be available at midstate.edu.
Plaza College, Forest Hills, N.Y.
During Court Reporting & Captioning Week, Plaza College will be celebrating with some exciting on-campus events:
Admissions open house: Students interested in a career in court reporting will have the opportunity to tour campus, see a realtime demonstration on a steno machine, and speak to court reporters currently working in the field. Program Director Oscar Garzon will also provide an overview of the program and career opportunities for graduates.
Mock trial: The paralegal and court reporting students will be conducting a mock trial during College Hour for all interested students to experience.
Visits from agencies: Throughout the week, various agencies from the area will be visiting classrooms to speak to graduating students about career opportunities and provide some encouraging words to students in their early semesters.
Students, instructors, staff, and alumni of court reporting programs are encouraged to share their Court Reporting & Captioning Week activities on social media using the hashtag #DiscoverSteno. And please share any scheduled events and programs with NCRA by sending them to email@example.com.
Ellen Goff is NCRA’s Professional Development Manager. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.