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Iowa community college sees record-breaking enrollment in court reporting program

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Iowa announced via press release and social media that its court reporting program has received the highest number of enrollments in its history. A total of 58 students are enrolled, including a record of 31 first-year students.

“We started the DMACC court reporting program 10 years ago with four students,” said Cathy Penniston, RPR, CRI, an instructor at DMACC and director of the program. “It has been fun to see our program grow and to know that I had a part in beginning the program.” Penniston is also NCRA’s Secretary-Treasurer.

Last December, the Associated Press covered the shortage of court reporters in Iowa, including how DMACC broke a record enrollment with 48 students in the court reporting program.“Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Mary Chicchelly said that [the fact that] there’s only one school in the state — Des Moines Area Community College — with a two-year realtime/court reporting degree — has contributed to the problem. She thinks other states may have an advantage if they have more schools offering the program.”

For more information about the DMACC Realtime Court Reporting Program, visit