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College of Court Reporting, EST. 1984

A message from the President

As we continue this new journey together as a community, I wanted to say how proud I am of each and every one of you. You have reached out to myself, staff, and each other about how you can help. It is very easy to see this situation anything other than a problem. What if we start looking at this as not a problem but an opportunity, an opportunity to help someone in need, an opportunity to encourage a friend who is struggling, an opportunity to spend more quality time with family members, and an opportunity to keep moving forward.

Remember that a problem is an opportunity, failure means you get to try again, and the word "no" just means not yet. To that end, you will be receiving an email from Blackboard Collaborate (check your spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox) regarding your own personal Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session. We are calling this your "Study Buddy Collaborate" session, SBC for short. This session will have a link for you to log into your own personal Collaborate Ultra session, the same type of session we use for live classes. Your SBC session will also have a guest link to share with anyone you choose to send it to. Get together with your fellow students to study privately together, get together with other family members to be together during these difficult times, etc. This is our way of helping you keep and extend your community as a CCR student.

I also wanted to address the term 'social distancing' that has been stressed to us over the past few weeks. I heard someone on television last week say that in reality this could be termed "physical distancing." Of course we want you to listen to the health experts and our government to not be near each other right now. However, it is vital that we are connected socially on a daily basis. We encourage you to connect with your friends and family through your SBC session, Skyping, FaceTime, Google Meet, etc. on a regular basis. We encourage you to email your teachers on a regular basis. Your instructors will be meeting with you as a class during your regularly scheduled live sessions in your courses. I also encourage you to take this time to attend as many live speed building classes instead of viewing the recordings. Please continue to engage in a live setting as much as possible as our instructors need to connect with you as well. Even if you have to keep your physical distance you can stay socially connected. Let's face it...we all need to stay connected!

Updates! Be sure to CHECK YOUR CCR EMAIL multiple times on a DAILY BASIS!
It is imperative that during this time, you check your emails frequently. While we continue to deliver instruction the way you have become accustomed to, email will continue to be our primary mode of communication between the college and our students and staff.

Thank you for being part of the CCR family of students, faculty, and staff. We are looking forward to a very productive semester and will do everything we can to help you succeed. Stay safe and be healthy!

Jeff Moody


Student Spotlight

Stenogamer, Brian Binkney

Born in rural Arizona, I grew up playing video games and performing with my band. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I joined the Marines and spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps. I traveled, I loved, I learned, and somehow I really grew up.

After leaving the Marines, I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I became a law enforcement officer in Arizona where I worked for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and Kingman Police Department. I got to work with amazing people, serve my community, wake up with purpose, and care for my family.

At about 40, I was still looking for what I wanted to do because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in a state of vigilance. I wanted to have purpose but not brace for a fight. I wanted to be able to relax for the first time in over 20 years. As I was looking, I worked in a local brewery that was just starting. I sold beer and talked about something I loved, traveling all over Arizona putting on events and getting the beer onto taps. I also worked as a substitute teacher mainly with middle school kids who had behavior problems. But, I was still searching, thinking where to go and what to do. I was looking at job boards, looking for what to start, wondering what to do. And, somehow, the idea of court reporting came to me; probably from my wife who has all the great ideas and sees court reporters daily at the courthouse.

This is a profession that gives purpose, can be flexible, and ultimately felt like a challenge I could take on. I started at College of Court Reporting in 2018 and attend through the Veteran Administrations Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program (VA). Having the assistance of the VA has made this new career choice possible. I push toward learning new skills and accepting the idea that this will take time. To that end, I decided to share it. I needed something to hold me accountable to my practice, so I decided to stream my practice sessions. I was not expecting anyone to watch. I also didn’t realize that no one else was doing this. I had started streaming video games about 4 months ago, as a way to stay connected to my family who is far away, and we stream to include anyone else who is interested. Steaming my steno was just another way to share my day and make myself accountable.

Much to my surprise people wanted to watch and interact. The positive reaction has been incredible and has created a community for me as I push through the difficult process of speed building toward graduation. I'm enjoying sharing what I do. My friends who have no exposure to stenography expressed interest and explained they had no idea what this was before. I also love building a steno community. Additionally, I appreciate that this holds me accountable to daily practice. I enjoy the conversations that are held during the stream between students and certified court reporters alike. There are funny stores, brief exchanges, and career advice freely exchanged. This is a community I am so proud to be a part of and that I am proud to represent. I finally have a plan for what I am going to do when I grow up.

To find Brian:

Facebook: Stenogamer

Tuesday Steno 03/10/20 (CCR JC Package 1 Lesson 003)

It’s that magical time of year again for the annual NCRA Student Skills Contest

In celebration of Court Reporting & Captioning Week being held Feb. 8 – 15, 2020, the NCRA Student/Teacher Committee is sponsoring a Walt Disney themed skills contest that will be offered to all students at varying dictation speeds. The tests (Literary and Q&A) consist of five minutes of dictation at a speed level commensurate with the current level of speed building each individual student is striving to achieve or has just successfully achieved. In order to be eligible to win, students must pass one of the tests with 96 percent accuracy. The faculty at each school will be responsible for dictating and grading the material which will be provided by the Student/Teacher Committee.

CCR Student Participants:

Cynthia Bonner

Anne Ruemelin

Antonia Tucker

Tolisha Abercrombie

Jill Haefner

Stacy Shuler

Ann Marie Gibson

Larie Kuzma

Dianna Schmitz

Kimberly Coltrain

Keisha Jarrett

All students who participate in the contest, even if they don’t pass a skills test, will have their names and schools published in the NCRA Student Newsletter and NCRA wants to showcase the hard work that students and schools are doing to promote the court reporting and captioning professions. Thank you to the CCR students who participated! Nice work!

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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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How Deaf Advocates Won the Battle for Closed Captioning and Changed the Way Americans Watch TV

When Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the moon on July 20, 1969, Harry Lang had just graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in physics. But as Americans across the country gathered around their television sets to witness this historic moment, Lang, who is deaf and thus could not hear the words that went with those famous images, was unable to follow along with what was happening. In the days before captions became available for television programs, there was little those who could not hear could do to participate in shared cultural experiences like that one.

“What I saw was great irony,” Lang tells TIME. “Our country’s scientists could send a spaceship to the moon and back, but we couldn’t put captions on television for millions of deaf people who were watching it!”

Utah captioner helps her parents see resolution pass

Phoebe Moorhead, RPR, CRR, recently had a unique captioning experience when her parents got to see the passage of a resolution about captioning thanks to her captions in the House of Representatives. She and her coworker, Cecilee Wilson, RDR, CRR, CRC, told the JCR Weekly more about it.
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Subscribe TODAY!!

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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