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Invest in the future: Sponsor a student for the 2021 NCRA Conference & Expo

Now is the perfect time to invest in the future of the court reporting and captioning professions by donating to help an NCRA student member attend the 2021 NCRA Conference & Expo being held July 29 – Aug. 1 in Las Vegas, Nev. This year, more than 100 students have already registered to attend.

Donations can range from $25, $50, $100, or $150 to the entire student registration of $175. Donations are combined to offset the Conference costs, which allows students to pay the reduced fee. Students get access to all sessions and events except for the Member Recognition Gala, although at past Conferences attendees have donated their tickets to students who wish to attend the Saturday night event. Donations can be made at the time of online Conference registration or on site at the NCRA registration desk. Donations can also be made by texting 41444 with the keyword welcomestudent, or using this link.

“Sponsoring a student is investing in the future of our profession. We want every student who can to experience the inspiration and motivation for excellence that one only gets by attending a Conference in person,” says NCRA Secretary-Treasurer Kristin M. Anderson, RPR, an official court reporter from San Antonio, Texas.

“Let’s set the next generation of steno reporters and captioners up for success by sponsoring them with networking opportunities with working professionals at the NCRA Conference. We are all in this together, so pay it forward and sponsor a student for Conference today,” she adds. 

This year’s student track includes an array of educational and networking opportunities designed to help boost the careers of student attendees. The student registration includes access to all student track seminars, a three-day pass to the Expo Hall, a Meet & Greet with members of the NCRA Board of Directors, a ticket to the Opening Reception, the Premier Session with keynote speaker Debbi Fields, and a ticket to the Awards Luncheon.

“I am also excited to meet up with friends I have met on social media and Zoom meetings throughout the year. I am eager to see everyone in person,” says NCRA student member Edna Valdez, from Santa Ana, Calif.

“Without the support of veteran members, students would struggle to attend conventions and in turn lose out on valuable information that we wouldn’t get elsewhere. Given that the court reporting student dropout rate is at 90 percent, it’s crucial that veteran reporters continue to fuel students’ needs in any way possible. Thank you to NCRA for continuing to make our student membership affordable and for continuing to invest in our input to enhance our profession,” added Valdez, who is a student at the Downey Adult School, Downey, Calif.

Full registration for those working in the profession includes access to all concurrent seminars being held Friday through Sunday, the Teachers Workshop, a three-day Expo Hall pass, and tickets to the Opening Reception on Thursday, the Premier Session and keynote on Friday, the Awards Luncheon on Saturday afternoon, and the Member Recognition Gala on Saturday evening. And attendees can earn up to 1.2 continuing education credits.

In addition, full registration includes a free breakfast on Friday and Saturday. Book your room at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the host hotel, by July 2, and take advantage of the special rates being offered for Conference attendees.

Visit the 2021 NCRA Conference & Expo webpage for more information about registration, the venue, session highlights, and more. You can also learn more about the hotel’s health and safety protocols here.

As always, NCRA places the safety and health of its guests, presenters, and staff as its top priority and remains committed to its 2021 Conference & Expo.