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How did we get here? Life before court reporting school

They come from diverse backgrounds, some with no prior job experience and others with 30 or more years behind them. Court reporting students are recent high school grads, stay-at-home parents, and veterans. They have worked in education, public service, law, and business. These students each took a different path, but they came to the same place with a similar goal.

Up-to-Speed asked students from Arlington Career Institute in Grand Prairie, Texas;  Brown College of Court Reporting in Atlanta, Ga.; and Simply Steno Court Reporting Program:  What were you doing before you started court reporting school?

Arlington Career Institute

Alice Crawford:  I was a development director for a small nonprofit organization. Working to help improve the quality of life for so many really afforded me a sense of contentment.

Autumn Clark: I was and still am working as a 911 emergency dispatcher.

Bartley Caitlin: Working as an office manager for a brand design company.

Jennifer Cook: I am still working a full-time job at a local municipality.

Brittany Creech: I worked for nine years as a legal assistant in a District Attorney’s office.

Eileen Peralez: I was a stay-at-home mom during the day with my 3 children under the age of four; then I would work part time from home from 5-10 p.m.

Hannah Pate: I was enrolled at a community college in my hometown and working as a receptionist at our District Attorney’s office.

Vanessa Carranza: I was and still am employed as a police officer.

Krystal Cook: I am a stay-at-home mom. Prior to that I was a soldier in the U.S. Army.

Samantha Crawford: Before I began school and during, I worked full-time at my local hospital and was a volunteer child advocate for the court.

Candice Radam: I am working full-time as a pharmacy technician.

Carmen Cortinas: I was taking classes towards a nursing degree.

Judith Gilmore: I had been teaching for 20+ years.


Brown College of Court Reporting

Michelle Munro: I am a paralegal, and I have been working for a real estate attorney for the past five years.

Geraldine Gomes: I am currently employed in the human resources field as an engagement specialist and I am an alcohol and drug counselor.

Donna Capolongo: I worked as an IT recruiter for about 30 years, the last 12 years of which I ran an IT staffing firm which I cofounded.

Kaitlin Thompson: Before I started school I was a staying home and taking care of my elderly grandmother.

Joy Cunningham: I worked in Mental Health as a Qualified Mental Healthcare Professional, as a Middle School English Teacher, and a part-time collage and jewelry artist.


Simply Steno

Aleece DePuey: I was in insurance sales and then worked in efficiency scheduling in construction.

Dominique LaJeunesse: I was working at eBay.

Alexandra Zuazo: Paralegal.

Brianna Carpenter: I was a college student studying Business Management and Human Resources at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Keri Hryc: Student.

Paula Henderson: I am a teacher with 22 years of experience.

Amy Quincey: Massage therapist.

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