Chicago job vacancies rise at the fastest rate in court reporting

MacComac College, Chicago, Ill., issued a press release on July 31 urging budding court reporters to head to Chicago where a wealth of job opportunities in the profession exists. The press release cites the Industry Outlook Report by Ducker Worldwide commissioned by NCRA and notes that by 2018, there will be a need for 1,900 court reporters to fill vacant positions. MacCormac College is the only court reporting program located in the city of Chicago.
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Court reporter has front row seat

In a recent video story posted by the Chicago Sun-Times, court reporters Victoria Rock, RPR, a deposition freelance reporter from Chicago, Marnelle Alexis Stephens, president of MacCormac College in Chicago, and Deralyn Gordon, a captioner and CART provider from Chicago, are interviewed about the court reporting profession including the many opportunities available and what the job entails. A printed article is expected to run in an upcoming Sunday edition of the newspaper.

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MacCormac College celebrates 110th graduation ceremony

Court reporting students graduating from MacCormac College in Chicago, Ill., will participate in the institution’s 110th graduation ceremony on Fri., May 9, at the Mid-America Club. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will address graduates during the ceremony. The NCRA-approved school is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and was the first not-for-profit institution to offer a court reporting program among its areas of study.

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MacCormac speed typing contest promotes court reporting profession

MacCormac College in Chicago hosted its first annual Ultimate Type Race Challenge in November, offering the winner a prize of $1,000, as a way to bring attention to the profession of court reporting.

“Until I started here at MacCormac College, I didn’t realize what a wonderful profession court reporting is. What better way to introduce people to the field but to lure them in with a speed typing contest. I thought this would be a great opportunity for people to learn more about it,” says Dr. Marnelle Alexis, president of MacCormac College, who came up with the concept of the speed typing contest.

The first-place winner was Braden Mende, a student in MacCormac’s court reporting program. He typed an average of 120 wpm. Another MacCormac court reporting student, Jenna Walsh, won second place. Third place was secured by Maellen Pittman, RDR, CLVS, a court reporting agency owner.

The contest was open to anyone who wanted to enter, and the contest room was filled by court reporting students, agency owners, federal court reporters, and people off the street. “Our very first registrant was a 75-year-old woman who walked in off the street, saying she just had to enter,” says Alexis. She had worked a few blocks away as a secretary for many years and wanted to show off her typing skills.

The retired secretary said that competing in the contest made her feel 50 years old, according to Alexis, who also pointed out that typing was considered an important skill in high schools from the 1960s to the early 1980s. While keyboarding is still being taught, many high school students also have great finger dexterity with texting. Hosting typing contests “is actually a good way to get into the high schools, and this could lead to more students getting into the court reporting profession,” says Alexis.

This was the first year for the event. The second annual Ultimate Type Race Challenge is slated for Nov. 15, 2014.