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Unlock success in 2024 with these webinar events in the NCRA Learning Center

NCRA’s Professional Development team is unveiling an exciting lineup of live webinar events for 2024. These webinars aim to ensure court reporters, captioners, CART providers, and legal videographers remain aware of the latest developments, strategies, and best practices with some of the most knowledgeable presenters in their fields. As always, the Learning Center gives 30 days from the live webinar to complete all required elements, unless otherwise noted.

Ensuring NCRA members are competitive in their professional capacity remained a top priority when creating the year’s lineup. “We remain committed to prioritizing our membership’s enrichment when it comes to sharpening their skills or learning about a new subject that will ultimately benefit them in their professional lives and sometimes even their personal lives,” stated NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC.

The Learning Center is one of NCRA’s best platforms for members who have cycle end dates quickly approaching this year to earn CEUs. Be sure to stay tuned for additional live webinar events as they are added throughout the year.

Jan. 31, 3 p.m. Eastern: Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence with Matt Lydy

Join Matt Lydy, senior technical account manager with VMware to learn how to protect yourself and your business online. During this webinar, Matt Lydy will cover the risks taken using social media and how social engineering comes into play. He will share valuable knowledge on how your information is exposed and provide guidance on how to prevent your data from being leaked to anyone anywhere. Matt will also delve into how artificial intelligence has the potential to disrupt just about everything society knows to be true. He will demonstrate artificial intelligence’s capabilities at present and the technology’s risks and benefits. Total CEU 0.125.

Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Eastern: Practicing in the 21st Century with Bethan Williams, RSR, and Alex Lederer, RPR

The Student-Teacher Committee is excited to present our CRCW student webinar “Practicing in the 21st Century.” Join Bethan Williams, RSR, and Alex Lederer, RPR, as they share their experiences practicing in school and as new professionals. You will learn how to make and keep a practice routine as well as different techniques for practice so you will be able to jump over those speed hurdles. If you’re tired of failing tests, our presenters will share their strategies for success and motivation to keep going. (No CEUs awarded)

Feb. 21, 8 p.m. Eastern: The Complete Guide to Court Reporter Audio with Mike Miller, FAPR, RDR, CRR 

Join Mike “Depoman” Miller, FAPR, RDR, CRR,  for a comprehensive look at how to dial in your audio settings for remote, in-person, and hybrid proceedings. Mike will cover his everyday carry items, optimal software settings, how to get a direct audio feed from your videographer, and best practices to make our incredibly stressful jobs just a little easier by always knowing you’re getting an optimal audio backup. Please note this is a LIVE WEBINAR EVENT only on February 21, 2024, at 8 p.m. Eastern. There will be no recording available and no refunds for those who do not attend. Join us for this special LIVE EVENT! Total​ CEU 0.15.

April 10, 7 p.m. Eastern: Investments 101 with Brandon Sussman, CFP

Brandon Sussman, CFP from Traction Wealth & Insurance Solutions will walk you through everything you need to know about investing so you can feel confident letting your money work for you! We will cover topics around account options, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, index funds, and more! Total CEU 0.1.

April 24, 1 p.m. Eastern: Current Income Tax Topics for Court Reporters with Bruce Barnett, CPA

Organization Types, Tax Deductions, and Form 1099-K will be discussed, along with a question-and-answer session on income tax topics. Total CEU 0.125.

May 8: Winning from Within with Ashlye V. Wilkerson, Ph.D.

(free webinar for members as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, sponsored by NCRF)

(No CEUs awarded)

May 15, noon Eastern: Decoding Self-Sabotage with Christina Wilson

Have you ever purposely engaged in behavior that didn’t align with your goals or values? If so, there’s a good chance you know about self-sabotage, and you’re not alone. In this brief webinar, we will examine possible causes of self-sabotage, analyze self-sabotage in the workplace, and discuss tips for overcoming self-sabotage. Don’t let the “inner bully” block your road to success. Join us as we decode self-sabotage. (free webinar for members as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, sponsored by NCRF)

 (No CEUs awarded)

May 29, 8 p.m. Eastern: Live on the Fly with Rob Hemenway, CRC and Denise M. Munguía, RDR, CRR, CRC

Keeping your hands on the steno machine: An overview of on-the-fly dictionary commands and entries for CART/Broadcast Captioners. Total CEU 0.1.

June 19, 3 p.m. Eastern: CART Ethics and Industry Standards with April Chandler, RPR, CRC

By the end of this session, participants will be able to discern what behavior and communication norms are appropriate in the captioning setting, how to build a trusting relationship with their consumer, use of appropriate vocabulary regarding Deafness and Deaf Community norms, and understand ADA guidelines regarding communication access within Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Total CEU 0.125.

Sept. 25, 2 p.m. Eastern: Keeping Your Internet Connection for Remote Proceedings with Hector Cordova, CLVS, and Sarah Kleinschmidt, CLVS

You are your internet’s keeper! Ban buffering and stay connected with tips, tools, and techniques to improve and reinforce your internet connection for remote proceedings — no matter where you are. Total CEU 0.1.

Oct. 9: Supporting Students with Dr. Nequel Burwell and John Blue

This seminar for teachers is designed to educate teachers and administrators how to better inform students of their options for education financing and offer suggestions on how to best apply the financing they receive (grants, loans, scholarships, workforce training options) towards education and education-related expenses. Total CEU 0.1.

Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Eastern: CART Captioning in the Legal Setting: Staying in Your Lane with Darlene Fuller, RMR, CRR

Best Practices/Protocols to follow when there’s a request for captioning in a legal proceeding. Total CEU 0.1.

Nov. 20, 1 p.m. Eastern: The History of Early American Shorthand Machines with Kathryn Dittmeier, CRI

Dive into the captivating history of American shorthand machines, from Bartholomew’s Stenograph to Stenograph’s pre-computer models. We’ll explore innovations that fueled the rise of shorthand machines, look at some fascinating alternative keyboard layouts, and gain a deeper appreciation for the foundation our modern machines are built upon. Total CEU 0.125.

Please note that all dates, titles, and presenters are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change. For up-to-date information, visit the NCRA Learning Center or check the latest JCR Weekly.