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Mr. Trottier is currently enrolled at Purdue University Calumet, completing a Bachelor's degree program in Secondary English Education.  He contributes to the College of Court Reporting team as an Admissions Coordinator and as Editor of their monthly newsletter, The Guardian.

Since 1984, College of Court Reporting (CCR) has developed a reputation as an innovator in post-secondary education.  The school is thinking outside the box once again by lowering its tuition for students who wish to attend school onsite full-time.  Starting for the Fall 2014 semester, CCR will cut its tuition rate from $350 per credit hour down to $175 per credit hour for local students

From becoming one of the first colleges in the nation to offer an online court reporting program to developing a unique method of assessing students’ progress, CCR has gone against the grain to create the best learning environment possible for its students.  Now, the school has recognized the need for new reporters in the Chicagoland area, especially in the areas of Official Reporting and the growing field of Broadcast Captioning.  Over the course of the next 15 years, the state of Illinois has estimated it will need to hire almost 400 new court reporters as approximately 75% of its staff is retiring.  To meet this need, the College seeks to increase its enrollment by lowering its tuition.

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The College of Court Reporting awarded almost $21,000 in professional scholarships to nine recent graduates. This purpose of the scholarship is for College of Court Reporting graduates to enhance realtime skills, obtain professional certification, continue education, and purchase equipment/software.  CCR was able to provide this scholarship through the 2012 Training for Realtime Writers Grant it received from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

 

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The following is a brief interview with Margaret Abernathy, a high-speed student currently completing her internship. If you are wondering about what to expect when you get out in the real world, you'll want to read this:


Where are you interning and is there anyone that you're directly job shadowing?

I am currently interning under Porter County Superior Court II's official reporter, Alice Hadden.

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HOBART, IN -- From its home base in Northwest Indiana, College of Court Reporting (CCR) offers an associate’s degree program for aspiring court reporters and has been doing so since 1984. What began as an educational entrepreneurship in Kay Moody’s living room is now a successful hybrid online and onsite school, accredited by ACICS and certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). CCR offers both academic courses and hands-on skill-development courses that take stenography students from writing 0 to 225 words per minute.

And, yes, court reporting is still relevant; it’s actually in demand, as pointed out in TRIBLive’s article about Pennsylvania’s fleet of retiring reporters.

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The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is launching a new campaign to promote "awareness of captions and advocate for the increased need for accurate, understandable, and timely captions." The movement will not only help those in need of captions but also protect the industry that provides them.

For those of us who hear well, it's easy to forget about why closed captioning matters. On the other hand, individuals with hearing impairments and language barriers know why strong court reporters and accurate captions are necessary.

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Kay Moody and studentHobart, IN—College of Court Reporting (CCR) is about to reach its 30th year of operation. Kay Moody (pictured standing with a student to the right), founder of the college, never dreamed that what started as a small school in her home could have turned into the online innovator CCR is today. With over 250 online and onsite students, CCR would now like to invite the community to see what their support has allowed the CCR family to contribute to education.

Over the years, the college has revised its curriculum to meet the high demands of today’s technology. CCR teaches all the courses necessary for a court reporting career, and students also have the opportunity to enroll in additional courses for broadcast captioning or communication access realtime translation (CART) reporting, which aids the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The school’s growth is largely attributed to its ability to innovate and develop instruction with technology in mind.

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To graduate from College of Court Reporting, students must complete a 60-hour internship at their local courthouse or court reporting firm. The following is an interview with Angel McCullough, a CCR student who is currently completing her professional semester. Here is what she had to share about this crucial component in court reporting education:

Where are you interning and is there anyone that you're directly job shadowing?
I am currently interning at the Federal Court in Hammond, Indiana. I am shadowing Rich Ehrlich, a very seasoned and amazing reporter.

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CCR Student Shines as September's Graduate Spotlight

Abigail Guerra

  1. Where do you currently reside (city,state)?
    Houston, Texas.
  2. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?
    I was the secret nerd in school that loved typing, and when I saw a commercial for court reporting, it was love at first sight.
  3. What did you do before court reporting school (other jobs, schools, etc.)?
    I worked in fast food and banking/financial.
  4. What date did you start court reporting school?
    April of 2006.
  5. What made you choose CCR?
    My brick-and-mortar school was having a lot of administrative changes and I just didn’t feel they cared about developing a beneficial court reporting program for night students. I had heard about CCR for a while, but didn’t want to make the change. When I discovered that the disdain for my current school was affecting my progress, I went ahead and made the switch. I just wish I had done it sooner.
  6. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    My strength and weakness are one in the same, I’m so anal and a Type A personality. You can’t be perfect all the time.
  7. What was your biggest challenge?
    Believing that I could actually be a court reporter.
  8. What motivated you to complete the program?
    CCR, my family, and Eric “ETthehiphoppreacher” Thomas.
  9. What advice would you give to other court reporting students?
    This is my favorite quote from Eric Thomas: "When you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful."
  10. Do you currently have a job? If yes, what do you do?
    Yes. COURT REPORTER!
  11. How did you find your current job?
    Networking and I worked at a court reporting firm prior to attaining my CSR.
  12. What are your future plans? What certifications do you plan on earning?
    I want to get the final leg of my RPR in November, and I’m currently working on cleaning up my dictionary to become a certified realtime reporter in a year-and-a-half.
  13. Are you a member of any associations? If so, which associations? If not, do you plan on joining any associations? If so, which associations?
    I’m a member of NCRA, HCRA (Houston Court Reporters Association, and TCRA (Texas Court Reporters Association).
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Hobart, IN – College of Court Reporting continues to encourage student engagement. Therefore, how does a little incentive sound? We know that gas prices are not cheap, so allow us to help you reach your destinations. Students who choose to travel onsite for their class sessions will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a $50 gas card for the remainder of the semester. Your scholarly success is very important to us, and we want to encourage students to finish the semester strong by joining us onsite.

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Hobart, IN--Last fall, College of Court Reporting (CCR) was one of four colleges in the nation to receive a U.S. Department of Education's "Training for Realtime Writers" grant. CCR will use grant funds to train and place students in the field to help meet the national demand for qualified court reporters and realtime writers. In addition, CCR will also grant 14 scholarships for students with disabilities to use in order to purchase specialized software and equipment.

The scholarships amounts are up to $5,000 for each blind student to use to purchase specialized software and equipment. Earlier this year, CCR awarded $5,000 to one of its qualified students. In total, up to $75,000 will be awarded to qualified students. Because people with disabilities have an extremely low employment rate and live at or below poverty levels in comparison to people without disabilities, we are very proud to offer this award to assist these students. Many people with disabilities cannot afford specialized software and equipment. By providing seed money to help them enroll, CCR expects to enroll and place more students with disabilities.

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Hobart, IN--College of Court Reporting (CCR) is proud to announce that one of its very own students is the recipient of the National Court Reporting Foundation’s 2013 Frank Sarli Scholarship. In order to receive this scholarship, the nominee must have met a specific list of criteria and, according to the NCRF website, “must possess all the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including professional attitude, demeanor, dress and motivation.” In 2013, the winning nominee is Justine Kiechel.

Justine is an online student from Pennsylvania. She learned the Moody Method theory of computerized machine shorthand in CCR’s Fall 2010 semester and is now writing at 225 words per minute. With just a few requirements left to complete before graduation, Justine has already demonstrated that she will represent the college and the profession well in the working world.

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  1. Where do you currently reside?

    Brandon, South Dakota
  2. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?

    I had a representative of the local court reporting school come and visit my business class in 7th grade. My business teacher always said to me “there’s my court reporter." She saw something in me that I didn’t. Then when the representative came, I saw what she saw and since the 7th grade I knew I would be a court reporter.
  3. What did you do before court reporting school?

    I worked for the clerk of courts office in the circuit in which I still work.
  4. What date did you start court reporting school?

    I actually started court reporting school twice. You don’t want to do that…hear me out… I started the first time right out of high school. When I was in the 200s class, my school closed. I transferred to another school that was going to complete a teach out, only never followed through with their plans. I was young, a newlywed, and dumb. I sold all of my court reporting equipment which became the leather furniture in my living room (because that seemed more important at the time). I got a job at the Clerk of Courts Office in my local county . Although I liked it, it wasn’t my dream that I had since the 7th grade. Five years later, there was a court reporting position open in my county. The court administrator asked me what it would take me to go back. I advised him it wouldn’t take much and it’s always been in the back of my head. He had found CCR online and suggested I check it out. I went home and talked to my husband and was enrolled at CCR the next day in 2007.
  5. What made you choose CCR?

    As noted above, the court administrator in my circuit was the one who found CCR. Evidently, he must have seen it in me that I was meant to be a court reporter as well.
  6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

    I think my biggest weakness turned into my biggest strength. When I was “young and dumb” I let it all slip away. Five years later, I completed the same amount of credits in half of the time I did the first time around of schooling and this time I was married, had two kids, and worked a full-time job. =)
  7. What was your biggest challenge?

    I’m not going to lie, school wasn’t easy. You know that as well as I do. The second time around, I was married, worked full-time, went to school full-time, and was a parent to two kids (and those of you who are parents know that’s also a full-time job). Together, those things were a challenge, but with the help of my husband who became the husband, wife, mom, and dad, I was able to accomplish my goal.
  8. What motivated you to complete the program?

    My mom was my biggest cheerleader. She kept me going through everything. There were a few times she needed to give me the nudge that I COULD do this.

    My husband was also amazing. Without him, I could have never finished.

    My kids also kept me going. I knew that when we got through this and Mom graduated, that I would earn a better living and be able to provide better for them.
  9. What advice would you give to other court reporting students?

    DON’T GIVE UP!!! You may think every door has closed, when in actuality, there’s no such thing. CCR has an incredible support system and if you had this dream of being a court reporter once-upon-a-time, you should NEVER let it go.
  10. Do you currently have a job? If yes, what do you do?

    I am an official court reporter for the Second Judicial Circuit in South Dakota.
  11. How did you find your current job?

    I worked in the clerk’s office for the county in which I am now a reporter. I slipped right into my current position upon graduation.
  12. What are your future plans? What certifications do you plan on earning?

    My mom always said “education is never a waste." I am a firm believer in that. I wish to continue to take and pass as many NCRA accredited exams as I possibly can. I would LOVE to teach as well. There were so many people to support me on the way, now it’s my turn to support them!!
  13. Are you a member of any associations? If so, which associations?

    I am member of NCRA as well as SDCRA. I just finished my term as President-Elect and was sworn in as president last month at our convention. I will serve as president for 2013-2015 and past president for the term of 2015-2017.
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1. Where do you currently reside?

Tampa, Florida.

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1. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?

I saw commercials for the Court Reporting Institute of Dallas on TV. I liked the idea of having a flexible schedule and the ability to be your own boss. I also liked the fact that I wouldn’t have to take two years of basics like I would in university.

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There are only a few weeks left until our 12 computer lab giveaway!! What exactly are we giving away and to whom? Check it out: 12 PCs, flatscreen monitors, operating systems, keyboards, and we’ll even throw in 12 mouses too. Or is it mice?

We want these to find a good home, but we’ll need your assistance.

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Hobart, IN---College of Court Reporting is pleased to announce the appointment of Dylan Bush, Marketing and Technology Officer.

“This position is a continuation of our philosophy to meet the day-to-day needs of our students relating to the ever changing technology in education,” says Jeff Moody, President of College of Court Reporting. We believe hiring Mr. Bush into this critical position will assist CCR in continuing to improve our current education programs as well as its soon-to-be announced educational model. This new approach will forever change how court reporting education will be delivered.”

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Hobart, IN---The College of Court Reporting (CCR) recently participated in National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, a grassroots effort to raise awareness about the professions of court reporting and broadcast captioning. One way that professionals were able to show how invaluable court reporting is to our country was to contribute their skills to the Veteran’s History Project. Reporters all across the country have banded together for over 12 years to produce transcripts of the oral histories of our veterans. Deborah Cohen-Rojas, a CCR graduate, was one of those reporters who volunteered her abilities.

In a recent news broadcast on WGN Chicago, Deb can be seen writing on her steno machine to the sound of a former soldier’s legacy. She then produced a transcript that was uploaded to the Veteran’s History Project website. This flawless record of personal histories might have otherwise been lost. There are now over 85,000 oral histories preserved by the Library of Congress, courtesy of court reporters much like Deb.

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CCR students (onsite AND online), faculty, and staff - DON'T FORGET SPIRIT WEEK STARTING MONDAY!!!!

Take a picture of yourself and post it here on our CCR Facebook page. Whoever gets the most likes each day for their themed costume, gets a prize!!! The days are as follows:

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NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONING WEEK – FEBRUARY 17-23
College of Court Reporting to join nationwide effort to recognize professionals, career opportunities in stenographic court reporting, and captioning

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