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.
“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 Nicky Rodriquez, Director of Admissions. “We have a need for court reporters in the Chicagoland area and CCR wants to fill those positions.”
This approach is by no means conventional: The trend in post-secondary education cost has been rising tuition rates--public institutions raising tuition by 172 percent from 2001-02 to 2012, after adjustments for inflation. Hopefully, CCR’s approach to reducing costs will spur a revitalized interest in careers in court reporting.
College of Court Reporting was the first online program in the country to be certified by the National Court Reporters Association. With the help of CCR’s innovative minute-by-minute evaluation method, the College now maintains one of the highest graduation rates amongst court reporting schools nationally. For more information on furthering your education, contact Nicky at 866-294-3974.