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natalie-kijurna   Hello!

I hope you're having a wonderful week!  It's been BEAUTIFUL in Hobart over the last few days, and we're really feeling the summer weather. 

In case you might not have noticed, the Job Drawer took a break last week.  I was busy preparing for College of Court Reporting's visit from our accrediting body the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which took place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  We have not had an accreditation visit for seven years and there was much to prepare.  In fact, the preparation for this visit started well over a year ago.

But, in spite of all the anxiety, angst, nail-biting, sweating, screaming, crying (and that was just from me the first morning...lol just kidding!!) I'm thrilled to report that the visit went very well!!  In fact, the accreditation team even went so far as to throw around phrases like "premiere court reporting school" and "if this were my school, I'd be elated" when speaking to us about CCR.  So, YAY, TEAM CCR!!! 

I would also like to personally thank each and every one of you for being a CCR alumnus.  It means a lot to us that you chose our school and then put your nose to the grindstone and finished out your course of study, no matter the roadblocks that might have been thrown in your way.  I sincerely don't want you to think I'm just blowing smoke when I say that we wouldn't be who we are without our students and our alumni who challenge us, push us, and dare us to be the very best.  It's because of you that we keep moving forward to improve our existing programs and build new programs such as ev360 Ultimate.  I know I speak for all the administrators and staff when I thank you for being on the front lines every day showing the world what CCR alumni are capable of in the profession of court reporting.  And, for those of you who might not be exactly where you want to be yet, we applaud you for your tenaciousness and determination in working towards your goals.  I want to specifically thank the alumni that might have spoken directly to an ACICS team member over the last two days.  Your participation in this process was appreciated more than you know.

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natalie-kijurna  Hello! Welcome to my weekly musings about career, motivation, passion, life! by Natalie Kijurna

 

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Kelly Olhausen, a CCR graduate, was featured in an Arizona newspaper last month. The article is about how standing up at work can greatly improve your health. Kelly talks about her standing desk, why she needed it, and how it has improved her life.


We spend a lot of money every year trying to figure out how to get healthier. But the answer could be very simple, even when you're on the job. Just stand up.

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Student Spotlight:
Rob Leifer is a current transfer student at CCR, and his mother, Ellen, is a court reporter in Denver. We wanted to know more about Rob and what got him into this profession.

 

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CCR Celebrates TV/Movie Character Day during National Court Reporting and Captioning Week!

 

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CCR Celebrates Red, White, and Blue Day during National Court Reporting and Captioning Week!

 

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College of Court Reporting joins third annual nationwide effort recognizing professionals, career opportunities in stenographic court reporting and captioning

                                                                                               

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In the fact that she is blind, Kayde Rieken is unlike most other students. Even though she has to do things differently than other students, she is still progressing and deals with the same challenges that other court reporting students face. Conducting an interview with her was a pleasure, and her answers were very informative as to how she progresses in the program.

 

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In 1984, Kay Moody made a life-changing decision.  That was the year she decided to take matters into her own hands and start College of Court Reporting (CCR) - no small task considering she had four children and money was tight.  But, undaunted, she unselfishly brought three students into her living room and started teaching.  Fast forward 30 years.  Today, College of Court Reporting’s President is her son, Jeff Moody, and Kay is in retirement.  Okay, even Kay will tell you that’s not entirely true.  Her expertise is too important not to have her involved in the day-to-day operations, but she’s supposed to be in retirement.  Maybe.  Someday.

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Written by Natalie Kijurna

 

To understand where I’m coming from, you need to understand a little bit about where I’ve been.  I’ve been in the law business for almost 16 years.  I started law school in 1998 and, after graduation, I worked for two Chicago law firms for about five years.  I then decided I needed a change, so I ended up moving into academia. 

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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 ILCRA Student Scholarship Essay Contest. In order to receive this scholarship, the nominee must meet a specific list of criteria, which includes successfully transcribing five minutes of testimony at 160 words per minute, currently attending an Illinois court reporting school or is an Illinois resident attending an out-of-state court reporting school, and composing an essay on the topic of “The Probable Secret of Success in Court Reporting School.” The 2014 recipient was Amy Krueger.

 

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1. Where do you currently reside (city, state, country)?

I live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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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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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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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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1. Where do you currently reside (city,state)?
I currently reside in West Chester, PA.It’s about 25 miles outside of Philadelphia.


2. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?
I received my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and began working full-time at the courthouse. I was occasionally clerking hearings and loved being in the courtroom. I wanted to work in court on a regular basis, but I never wanted to be a lawyer. One day I was sitting next to the court reporter and thought, “Hey, I can do that.” The rest is history.

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In preparation for the NCRA Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) skills examination and to educate all CCR students on the importance of certification, CCR will be offering RPR preparation speedbuilding classes for all SH levels on the dates listed below. The speedbuilding classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. during our regularly scheduled Live I-class speedbuilding classes at all speed levels. All sessions are available through Blackboard Collaborate/Elluminate. All sessions will be archived for those that cannot attend live.

WEEK OF October 21: The dictation will be as follows on Monday, October 21; Tuesday, October 22; Thursday, October 24; and Friday, October 25:
9:00 to 9:50 - Literary
10:00 to 10:50 – Q.A./Two-Voice Testimony
11:00 to 11:50 – Jury Charge

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CCR Student Shines as October's Alumni Spotlight

Josh Foley

  1. Where do you currently reside (city,state)?
    Right now I’m in Denver, CO but am moving to Washington, DC at the end of October.
  2. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?
    I was looking for a new career and happened to find CCR while I was searching online.
  3. What did you do before court reporting school (other jobs, schools, etc.)?
    I was a flight attendant seven years while in school. I was fortunate to take advantage of the travel benefits, but I sure don’t miss the job. Before that I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish.
  4. What date did you start court reporting school?
    February 4, 2008. I finished January 28, 2011.
  5. What made you choose CCR?
    Due to my job being a flight attendant, onsite wasn’t an option. I was very impressed with CCR when looking at schools, so it was an easy decision to make. I’m glad I did!
  6. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    I think I’m a good writer and do a good job; however, I’m a huge procrastinator and often put off things longer than I should. I’d like to be more organized too.
  7. What was your biggest challenge?
    School was definitely difficult, especially getting through the high speeds, but it’s definitely a tie between finishing school and starting to actually work.
  8. What motivated you to complete the program?
    I think the SAPs (minute by minute tests) couldn’t have come at a better time. Testing minute by minute definitely helped motivate me. Also just the fact I wanted to be done with it. When that happened I really went for it, stopped making excuses, and made it happen.
  9. What advice would you give to other court reporting students?
    Get out of your comfort zone, get something for everything, and aggressively speedbuild. Speedbuilding is not supposed to be a pleasant experience! If all you do is write at controlled speeds and straight copy, you won’t gain speed.
  10. Do you currently have a job? If yes, what do you do?
    I’ve been a captioner for over a year, but I’ll be doing full-time CART in Washington DC for local and federal government as well as for classes, meetings, and seminars. I’ll still continue to caption part time.
  11. How did you find your current job?
    Through networking at a NCRA convention.
  12. What are your future plans? What certifications do you plan on earning?
    I plan on staying in Washington DC and continuing to do full-time CART. I plan on getting my CCP, CBC, and finishing the last leg of the RPR.
  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?
    NCRA. I’ll be joining the local association in Washington DC as well.
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    Good luck on making your dreams a reality, Dylan! I am a beginner student at CCR and am struggling a bit esp. with the speedbuild

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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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