Learn more about leading A to Z online on Oct. 17

NCRA needs facilitators to lead the NCRA A to Z™ Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand online program. The NCRA A to Z program has been going since April 2018.  It started with four online facilitators and programs as small as 10 to 20 participants.  Today, there are five facilitators, but the program registrations are much larger.  More facilitators are needed to offer more sections. 

NCRA is hosting a training webinar to give step-by-step instructions and answer questions about leading A to Z online. If you are interested in becoming an online facilitator, please complete the registration form and we will send you information on how to access the training webinar.

The training will be conducted on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET by Cynthia Bruce Andrews, M.S.Ed., Senior Director, Education and Certification; Dr. Jen Krueger, RMR, CRI, CPE; and Stacy Drohosky, RPR, CRR, CRI.

Registration will close Oct. 16.

Questions should be directed to schools@ncra.org.

Start your new career path as a court reporter

On July 18, Fox Channel 2, St. Louis, Mo., aired an interview with NCRA members Debbie Walters, the CEO of PohlmanUSA, and court reporter Angela Taylor, RPR, about the need for more court reporters and NCRA’s A to ZTM Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand.

Watch here.

Remaining dates for 2019 NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand online program announced

NCRA’s A to Z™ Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand online program offers the perfect opportunity for potential students to learn the alphabet in steno, write on a real machine, and decide if pursuing an education in court reporting or captioning is the right choice.

This free six-week program is a hybrid course combining both live online instructor sessions with videos and dictation materials for self-paced practice. The remaining dates for 2019 course offerings are listed below:

June 11 – July 23 — Asynchronous*

Aug. 21 – Sept. 25 — 8:30 p.m. ET**
Sept. 4 – Oct. 16 — Asynchronous*
Oct. 8 – Nov. 19 — 7 p.m. ET**

*Participants complete the program at their own pace during the six weeks
**Classes are held once a week for one hour over the course of six weeks

NCRA urges members to share this information with anyone who might be interested in pursuing a career in court reporting or captioning. For more information about the NCRA A to Z program, visit AtoZDiscoverSteno.org, or contact Ellen Goff, Assistant Director, Professional Development at schools@ncra.org. You can also find more information at Frequently Asked Questions.

A court reporter shortage: Critical field faces lack of new recruits

NCRA member Melissa Grimes, RPR, an official court reporter from Calhoun City, Miss., is quoted in an article posted by The Dispatch on Dec. 1 about the current shortage of court reporters. The article also mentions NCRA’s A to ZTM program.

Read more.

NCRA members address court reporter shortage in South Dakota

In an article posted Nov. 19 by Keloland.com, Sioux Falls, S.D., NCRA members Carla Dedula, RPR, CRR, CRC, an official court reporter and Pat Beck, RMR, a freelance court reporter address the state’s court reporter shortage, the benefits of the profession, the vast employment opportunities that exist, and NCRA’s A to ZTM program.

Read more.

NCRA A to Z Program offered in Oklahoma

Tulsa World reported on Sept. 30 that the Oklahoma Court Reporters Association is holding a free NCRA A TO ZTM Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program beginning Oct. 8.

Read more.

NCRA member earns grant to teach workshops

Kathy Cortopassi

NCRA member Kathy Cortopassi, RMR, CRR, a captioner, court reporter, and firm owner from Chester, S.C., recently received a $500 marketing grant from her local chamber of commerce, Small Business Development Center, and the local technical college. The grant will fund a series of workshops to introduce the public to the court reporting and captioning professions using the NCRA A to ZTM Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program.

Cortopassi’s firm, Voice to Print Captioning, was one of three local firms to win a $500 grant. To be eligible to apply for the funding, Cortopassi participated in a special series entitled “Strengthening Your Business Foundation,” a program created by the Small Business Development Center based at Winthrop University, York Technical College Chester Center, and the Chester County Chamber of Commerce. She and a number of other local business owners committed to attending evening classes that spanned five months and that covered topics such as market research, human resources best practices, marketing, accounting, and financing one’s business. The courses were taught by experts in their related fields. In addition to earning a certificate of completion of the course, participants that completed the series were able to apply for one of three grants offered.

Cortopassi cited in her grant application that there is a growing need for professionals in the court reporting and captioning fields and that she would use the grant money to help support workshops in the area to recruit potential students to the career.

“Through this grant, we can have a county-wide impact. I can create a buzz about the profession and the need for more professionals by using this money,” said Cortopassi, who was a court reporter for 10 years before becoming a captioner some 25 years ago. She re-entered the freelance court reporting field a year ago. Cortopassi said she became involved with the local chamber of commerce because it was a good way to meet people in the business community.

“I recently pitched the idea of offering court reporting and captioning workshops to the economic development director of our city, and he would very much like me to open a school. We plan to start with offering an NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program first,” she added.

Cortopassi said that her firm, Voice to Print Captioning, is partnering with Every Word, Inc., a South Carolina-based court reporting firm, to host a meet-and-greet event with prospective reporting students on Sept. 29 in Rock Hill, S.C. Part of the grant’s marketing funds will be used to attract students to the event so they can meet court reporters from around the state and ask questions about the profession and be encouraged to join the NCRA A to Z program.

In addition, Every Word’s reporters are being encouraged to bring the steno machines they no longer use to donate to the NCRA A to Z Program, Cortopassi noted.

For more information about the meet-and-greet or to donate an unused machine to the program, please contact Kathy Cortopassi at kathycort@voicetoprint.onmicrosoft.com or at 866-523-5359.