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This month we would like to celebrate all of our students for their dedication and perseverance during this trying time. We are living in a time of ever-changing life events, things that not only rock our world, but things that also make us even more aware of our families, the environment in which we live, our priorities, our routines. We find out strength in the people around us, the people we serve, taking a deep breath when things look hard, finding distractions to keep us grounded, and developing a new daily routine. It makes us wonder if we should have been doing these things all along -- the times we should have, could have, done more of this or that. This is also a time for reflection. How we live each day will play a role in what happens tomorrow. Only we can make the best of our own choices. But it is also in these times that we will become stronger. While life may knock us to our knees, we will stand strong again, and we will be just fine taking one day at a time. We will not forget our dreams, our goals, and what we were doing before everything changed. CCR honors our students for their commitment in pursuing their dreams and in pursuing a career with so many opportunities. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey. We will stand together in an ever-changing world. We will always be – Up To Speed!
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We are here for you!

Thank you to everyone who sent a message to CCR teachers for this week!

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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.

NVRA Video
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Some privacy, please

By: Ashley Stokes, 2008 CCR graduate

Testing can be stressful, even under the most ideal circumstances.

I graduated from the College of Court Reporting, Valparaiso, Ind., as an onsite student in 2008, and all of my testing was administered in person. Once I passed my speeds in school, I set my sights on the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) exam and the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) exam, all in-person tests at that time. After passing those certifications, I set out as a freelance reporter in hopes of gaining as much experience as possible. And there I was, almost 10 years later as a federal official reporter for the Northern District of Indiana, and I found myself in desperate need of obtaining the Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) certification.

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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 has extended the deadline for applications and nominations for the following:

Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters. If you know a dedicated court reporter or captioner who has contributed to the profession in a big way over the years, nominate that person as a Fellow. This prestigious recognition is a sign of your colleagues’ understanding of your special contributions to the fields of court reporting and captioning. Candidates must be active practitioners in the field and have at least 10 years of experience. Criteria for nomination include the publication of important papers, legislative or creative contributions to the field, and service on committees or boards.

CASE Educator of the Year. If there is a court reporting instructor who helped you in your career who remains unrecognized for his or her many contributions to the professions of court reporting and captioning, now is a great time to show your appreciation. Was there someone special who inspired you, who got you through the ups, downs, and plateaus of your court reporting classes? If a teacher was an incredible influence on you, consider nominating him or her for the CASE Educator of the Year Award.

CASE scholarships. Five scholarships are available. Students attending an NCRA-approved court reporting program and writing between 140 and 180 wpm are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Teachers and mentors encourage your students to apply. Let them know that you see their potential.

NCRA A to Z® scholarships. Up to 10 students will receive a $500 scholarship. Qualified applicants must have completed the NCRA A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program as well as pass a skills test writing between 60 and 100 wpm, among other eligibility requirements.

The deadline for all nominations is June 1st.

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

Nicky Rodriquez
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