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February 17-23 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week

The National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and broadcast captioners, has announced that February 17-23 has been deemed National Court Reporting

and Captioning Week.  The awareness week highlights the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners to society while showcasing the career opportunities that exist in the court reporting and captioning fields.

On Monday, February 18, the Gadsden State Community College Realtime Reporting Department will join in the nationwide effort to help spread the word about this exciting profession by providing an information table in the breezeway of the Inzer Student Center located on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The department, which is located on Fleming Street on the East Broad Campus, will also host an open house on Thursday, February 21, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for anyone interested in visiting the program and further exploring this high-tech career path.

The Realtime Reporting Program at Gadsden State, a premier court reporting education program,   entails a 24-month curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Realtime Reporting. The curriculum, which includes both technical and general education courses, is structured to meet the standards for approval mandated by the Council on Approved Student Education, National Court Reporters Association (NCRA/CASE).  Stenographic skills translate to a multitude of career options—including court reporting, live-event captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, captioning for broadcast and specialized videography—and the strong marketplace demand means court reporting offers an abundance of long-term career opportunities. “Court reporting is consistently ranked as one of the top career options as it offers both flexibility and significant income potential,” notes Carrie Robinson, Realtime Reporting Instructor at Gadsden State. “Court reporters and captioners are able to begin a career without a traditional four-year college degree, and these highly trained professionals experience the continuous professional growth associated with an in-demand career.”

National Court Reporting and Captioning Week will be marked with promotional events and marketing nationwide, including a grassroots social media campaign, presentations at high schools across the country about court reporting and captioning career opportunities and community demonstrations such as producing transcripts of veterans’ oral histories. Gadsden State students had an opportunity to participate in a Veterans History Project in November 2011 and recorded oral histories of some notable veterans from the community.  They interviewed the veterans and transcribed their historical stories which were later submitted to the National Court Reporters Association and are preserved at the Library of Congress.

“As highly technical career options, stenographic court reporting and captioning require an intricate blend of skill and knowledge,” said Tami Smith, president of NCRA and a court reporter for the 37th Circuit Court in Battle Creek, Mich. “National Court Reporting and Captioning Week not only celebrates and highlights the invaluable contributions that court reporters make to the legal and deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, it also showcases the tremendous career opportunities that are available through stenographic court reporting and captioning.”

For more information, visit www.gadsdenstate.edu/tech/rtr  or NCRA.org Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a four-year degree—can be found at CareersInCourtReporting.com.

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