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The NCRA A to Z® program is going places!

So many changes have been happening with the NCRA A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program, and we are excited to share them with you. The program, part of NCRA DiscoverSteno®, has long been a way for prospective students to learn about stenography for free and decide if a career in court reporting or captioning is right for them.

The NCRA A to Z program, which has been running on a Moodle platform since its inception, now has a new home, the NCRA Learning Center, where it joins all of NCRA’s other online educational offerings. The first session of A to Z on NCRA’s Learning Center will wrap up this week, and a second session led by Max Curry, RPR, CRI, a freelancer and agency owner from Smyrna, Tenn., starts on Oct. 13.

Cheri Dortch, a recent participant, was enthusiastic about the program. “Thank you, NCRA, for being thoughtful enough to offer this program for those of us who are curious about court reporting/captioning and want to try it out,” she said. “Your efforts do not go unnoticed and are greatly appreciated!”

NCRA is also proud to announce a new partnership with Advantage Software that will provide students who complete the NCRA A to Z program with two years of Eclipse student software free of charge. This partnership, says Advantage Software president Greg Seely, “will provide court reporting students with our industry-leading CAT software to help reduce their educational costs.” The Eclipse Student Edition includes Anytime Support 24/7, software updates, universal compatibility with all writing theories and steno machines, and much more.

“We look forward to continuing to work with NCRA,” says Seely.

Perhaps the most exciting news for NCRA A to Z is that NCRA has hired a staff person dedicated to managing and growing the program. Lisa Dennison, NCRA’s new A to Z Program Coordinator, can be reached at

Our last offering for 2022 will be an asynchronous course running Nov. 7 through Dec. 18. Registration opens Oct. 7. Learn more about NCRA DiscoverSteno and the NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program.