The National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and broadcast captioners, has announced that February 16–22 has been deemed National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. The awareness week pulls together a nationwide effort to highlight the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners to society and to showcase the career opportunities that exist in the court reporting and captioning fields.
Despite the tough economy, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Court Reporting program is producing results, with 100% of eligible program graduates finding employment in the field. In fact, the demand for CCAC Court Reporting graduates is so strong that many students in the program already have jobs lined up even though they may be months away from graduation.
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Now enrolling, CCAC’s Court Reporting program is one of 55 schools across the nation approved by the National Court Reporter’s Association and one of only two approved in Pennsylvania. Students in the program are trained to work in the courthouse, in the deposition suite or as closed captioners and to write CART (Computer Assisted Realtime Translation) for those who are hearing impaired. For graduates employed through the court system, salaries begin in the $40,000 range. Freelance reporters, paid on a commission basis, can earn considerably more. Some CCAC graduates earn salaries in the $150,000 range.
To learn more, the National Court Reporter’s Association has a website providing in-depth information about the growing field of court reporting, including information on careers and job opportunities in this region and around the country. Visit CareersInCourtReporting.com.