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Student Spotlight

Baby on board? No problem!

National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) member and College of Court Reporting (CCR) student, Paige Hanson, posted this recently in the Encouraging Court Reporting Students Facebook group, "When you have a newborn but are two 225 QA tests away from finishing CR school. Do what you have to do!" Hanson is a high speed online student who has just two tests left to graduate and lives in Cooperstown, North Dakota.

Paige's story, in her own words:

I worked as a paralegal for almost ten years. I have a bachelor's degree in paralegal and work in a law firm in private practice and then for the county state's attorney's office. After about seven years, I knew that was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my working years and began to think of what I could do. I had met my husband (we were just dating at the time), and he lived in a small town about an hour from the city where I lived. We knew that we wanted to live in the small town as opposed to the city. What I desired most in a career was more flexibility as far as working hours and the ability to be self-employed. I can honestly tell you the idea of becoming a court reporter just kind of fell into my head one day. The court reporter our law firm generally used owned her own agency and works for herself. She eventually became my mentor and my internship supervisor. Because I was already in the legal field and community, I knew that court reporters were in high demand in North Dakota and that there is a major shortage. I decided to take the leap. I began researching schools. Because of my location, I knew I would need to attend school online. The closest brick and mortar school is about five hours away in a neighboring state. I ultimately chose CCR because they offered a degree and a more structured program. I liked that we didn't just learn steno or work on speedbuilding but were actually prepared to be reporters upon leaving school.

Paige's perseverance and dedication to her studies is very commendable. Way to go, Paige!

During Court Reporting and Captioning Week 2020, College of Court Reporting featured some of their amazing alumni on social media.

CRCW 2020
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Curious About Voice Writing?

College of Court Reporting is an affiliate of the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA). Founded in 1967, NVRA is the only national professional organization dedicated to the practice of voice writing, offering support and benefits to its members -- certification, conferences, and newsletters. NVRA offers several levels of membership. Court reporters using either voice or stenographic methods may become general members of NVRA.

This video provides an excellent demonstration of the voice method.

CCR's next voice class starts soon. Contact the admissions department at for more information.

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Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell praise court reporters.

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NCRA has an awesome student newsletter. NCRA’s online newsletter, Up-to-Speed, features insights and tips just for court reporting and captioning students. Check out the “Student Spotlight” and “Schools in the News” sections. Here is the link to subscribe and view past newsletters:
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NCRA CASE Student Scholarship

The Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) is pleased to announce that nominations are being solicited for the 2020 CASE Student Scholarship. Students from NCRA-approved reporter education programs are encouraged to apply for consideration of the five scholarship awards in the amounts of $250, $500, $750, $1000, and $1500.

This scholarship is offered through the NCRA. Students must meet the eligibility requirements and submit the completed application listed below to qualify for the scholarship. Notification of the CASE Scholarship is sent each February to all NCRA-approved court reporting programs.

To be eligible to apply for the CASE student scholarship, students must meet the criteria below:

  • Attend an NCRA-approved court reporting program;
  • Hold student membership in NCRA;
  • Have attained an exemplary academic record;
  • Have passed one skills test writing 140-180 words per minute at the time of submission.

The following documents are required to be submitted for application:

  • Speed verification form;
  • Three recommendation forms;
  • A copy of the student's most recent transcript;
  • An essay on a subject: What do you think makes you good at writing steno and what skill sets do you possess that you believe will help you build your career as a court reporter?

NCRA A to Z Scholarship

NCRA is giving 10 students a $500 scholarship this year. In order to be eligible for this wonderful opportunity, students must complete an NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program, receive an NCRA A to Z Certificate of Completion, attain an exemplary academic record, and passed one skills test writing 60-100 words per minute at the time of submission. The application opens on February 12th and closes on April 1st.

The Veritext Court Reporting Student Scholarship

This Veritext Court Reporting Student Scholarship is awarded annually to a new or returning student seeking to learn stenography theory and to advance through training programs designed to help increase speed and achieve completion.

Horace Webb Scholarship

The National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA) awards this scholarship to voice court reporting students. The application deadline is usually April 15. The 2020 application has not been posted yet.

Naegeli Deposition and Trial Scholarship Opportunity

If you are seeking additional financial assistance, this a great opportunity to earn money towards your education. Click the button below to read about how to apply to this wonderful scholarship!!!
Apply Today!!!

Applications are due July 1st 2020

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Welcome to The Guardian Version of the Job Drawer!


Natalie Kijurna, our Director of Alumni & Employer Relations, is happy to assist alumni with resumes, cover letters, and job placement. Please contact her with any questions.

For additional information, contact Natalie today!
(866) 294- 3974 ext. 229

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Director of Admissions

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