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The future of the profession

“How do they do that?” was a question asked by many students who visited the NCRA table at the Capital Region Trades & Job Fair in Clifton Park, N.Y., last month. The fair, held at Shenendehowa High School, was hosted by the Northeast Construction Trades Workforce Coalition and the New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA). The event was an opportunity to showcase the court reporting and captioning professions along with the NCRA A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program to local high school students.

Clifton Park freelancer Renee Leguire, RMR, CRR, volunteered to demonstrate realtime on a steno machine for the students. “Being joined by one of our members was a tremendous benefit for our table,” said Lisa Dennison, NCRA A to Z Program Coordinator. “It piqued interest in the skill required to be a successful reporter. We had some great conversations with students and parents alike about the profession.”

NCRA encourages YOU to help address the career shortage and learn how you can get involved with promoting the profession at career fairs. We have many resources available to assist in this endeavor including various materials under “Promote the Profession” on the NCRA Resource Center and the Career Day Toolkit. You can read more about our toolkit here.

Renee Leguire

NCRA visits Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

As part of its 5-year approval process, the NCRA Education & Certification team visited the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta, last March. NAIT is one of 21 NCRA-approved court reporting programs that have met the General Requirements and Minimum Standards (GRMS) established by the Council on Approved Student Education (CASE), earning the right to describe themselves as NCRA-approved. In order to achieve and maintain certification, these programs agree to periodic review by CASE to verify their continued adherence to the GRMS.

NCRA Senior Director of Education & Certification, Cynthia R. Bruce, M.S.Ed., conducted the site visit along with reviewer Patricia Ziegler, Ed.D., CRI, CPE. Attending from NAIT were Sonja Gauvin, Associate Dean, School of Applied Sciences and Technology, and court reporting faculty Joanne McKenzie, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI, and Len Sperling.

(l-r): Patti Ziegler, Cynthia R. Bruce, Sonja Gauvin, Joanne McKenzie, and Len Sperling.