Alvin Community College takes down veterans’ war memories

Court reporting students at Alvin Community College in Texas welcomed 14 military veterans who talked about their days of war, according to the July 31 Houston Chronicle. The narratives will be sent to the Library of Congress as part of its Veterans History Project, which documents the experiences of veterans. Court reporters have volunteered to transcribe in-person interviews and audiotapes of veterans for more than 10 years for the Veterans History Project.

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NCRA 2014 Convention & Expo kicks off in San Francisco

The 2014 NCRA Convention & Expo kicked off this morning with day-long pre-convention intensive CAT vendor workshops hosted by Advantage Software, AristoCAT, StenoCAT by Gigatron, Stenograph, and Stenovations digitalCAT. In addition, the Association held its Annual Business Meeting and the first day of the Realtime Systems Administrator Workshop. This year’s annual event, being held July 31 – Aug. 3 at the San Francisco Union Square Hilton, has drawn more than 1,000 attendees, including court reporters, captioners, CART providers, legal videographers, students, teachers, and vendors and exhibitors.

Other highlights on the schedule for day one include the National Realtime Contest, the “Only New Once” Reception, and the Opening Reception, which will be held on the Expo floor where attendees can visit with vendors and exhibitors. In addition, attendees can find out more about NCRA’s benefits at its Government Relations, Member Services, and Store booths as well as the National Court Reporters Foundation booth.

Be sure to check throughout the day for the latest in news from the NCRA 2014 Convention & Expo.

NCRA’s 2014 Convention & Expo coverage

This year’s NCRA Convention & Expo was held July 31 – Aug. 3 at the Hilton Union Square hotel in San Francisco. Below is our continuing coverage of the event.

2014 National Speed Competition draws 38 competitors

NCRA 2014 Convention & Expo kicks off in San Francisco

Outgoing NCRA President announces new campaign, highlights importance of education

TRAIN groups and future vision highlight National Committee of State Associations meeting

NCRA Annual Business Meeting offers information on NCRA plans, discussion of bylaws

Brenda L. Fauber named NCRA 2014 DSA recipient

CASE Award of Excellence honors Mary Beth Johnson

Three students write their way to CASE scholarships

NCRA recognizes the 2014 class of Academy of Professional Reporters Fellows

NCRF recognizes support for programs, grants, and scholarships

Jo Ann Bryce wins Speed and Realtime contests

NCRF unveils toolbox with resources for students, reporters, firm owners, and others

Punctuation Workshop returns to NCRA Convention & Expo

New developments in CART and captioning at “not to be missed” session

Interactive session explores international depositions at NCRA Convention & Expo

Student Seminar session focuses on value of CART and captioning

New reporters share tips and tricks with students


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StenoTech Career Institute calls court reporting a “dream job”

In a July 24 press release from StenoTech Career Institute, the NCRA-accredited private career school proclaimed court reporting “The Dream Job for Millennials.”  The release pointed out court reporting as a technologically-driven career choice that is “perfect for millennials who are seeking independent lifestyles with flexible home-based work and who value job happiness over traditional corporate cultures.”

According to the press release, StenoTech boasts an average 95% job placement rate for students who complete the program. Court reporting graduates find employment in the court system as well as the freelance field, reporting statements, depositions, and conferences.  Two of the newer and fast-growing employment venues for realtime reporters include captioning and Webcasting.

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College of Court Reporting halves tuition for on-site students

The College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., is lowering its tuition for students who wish to attend full-time on-site beginning in the fall semester. According to Nicky Rodriquez, the school’s director of admissions, the school will cut its tuition rate from $350 per credit hour to $175 per credit hour for local students attending on-site. “One of the biggest obstacles students face is how to pay for their education. We lowered our tuition to assist students in overcoming this obstacle,” says Rodriquez.

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Reporter promotes profession at “speed jobbing” event

On March 19, Cindy Simmons, RPR, of Leavenworth, Wash., attended a “Speed Jobbing” event held at Okanogan High School in Okanogan, Wash. Students rotated among various professionals to learn about future careers.

“I had a judge on my right and an insurance agent on my left. The kids would simply slide down in front of the next professional every four to five minutes, and we would start our talk again. I was there about two hours and talked to lots and lots of kids,” said Simmons.

Simmons said she spoke about the court reporting profession with more than 50 students and provided them with information on schools, including Green River College’s current scholarship opportunity, salaries, statistics, and available employment as a court reporter or captioner.

Cindy Simmons, RPR, is a freelancer in Wenatchee, Wash. She can be reached at