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CCR Graduate Spotlight: Jena Skorczewski

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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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