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College of Court Reporting, est. 1984

July 2021

CCR Voice Writing Student Spotlight, Jordan Chillura

What about court reporting first interested you and what brought you to the College of Court Reporting (CCR)?

After a successful career as a professional Ballroom Dancer and instructor, I stayed home to care for my three babies. Following a recent divorce, I decided to look into a career that would give me both flexibility and financial stability. I investigated growing careers within the U.S. and court reporting came up. After doing more research into the profession, I realized it sounded interesting, not mention, there is a shortage of reporters, creating good, solid, future career stability. CCR stood out as a very reputable school, and talking to Nicky, who suggested voice writing since I am in North Carolina, I knew this is what I wanted to do, and the school I wanted to do it with!

What has been the most challenging part of getting through school, and how are you working to overcome it?

Definitely the most challenging part of getting through school has just been time management and staying focused with so much going on. I homeschool all three of my children while in school myself and finding the time to squeeze in studies has proven difficult many times. I found hiring a sitter in for a couple of days a week has helped me attain a few hours of concentrated time to work, but most of all I just try to stay focused and chip away at work little by little as best as I can. Even if I am driving or exercising, I will listen to YouTube videos for speed building, so that I am at least working toward my goals even if I cannot be right in front of my computer. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can!

What is the best piece of advice you received from a CCR instructor?

I think the best advice I have received has been all my teacher’s suggestions for time management. I have been given so many resources to help plan and manage my speed building and homework. Use these tools to help you! They really do work. Also, make sure to listen to feedback on SAP’s. The information given on those, even if you did not pass, is extremely helpful in reaching your goals. I feel blessed to have instructors who are immensely helpful any time I have reached out for help. I would not have gotten this far without their patience and assistance. You are not alone at CCR!

What will be your dream job as a court reporter? Freelance, official, CART, or captioning? And where?

For now, with three young children at home, I look forward to flexibility of freelancing to work around their schedules as best as I can. I am looking forward to the variety freelancing will provide as well. Hopefully in the future, I can get a position as an official for more long-term stability.

CCR Alumni Spotlight

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An interview with Melodie Lewis, RPR, conducted by Jan Ballman, FAPR, RPR, CMRS, Veritext - Minneapolis.

CCR Instructor Highlights

Practice like you believe, or you'll soon believe like you practice.

By: Melissa Lee, CRI

If 2020 has proven anything to us, it is that change is the only constant in life.

With the introduction of the COVID-19 virus, aka “Rona,” to the masses in early 2020, so began the shutdown of the entire country on Friday the 13th (no coincidence, I’m sure) of March; the long quarantine implemented; the homeschooling of our Coronatweens and -teens by us WFH parents causing our Monday through Friday to morph into one big Blursday and, perhaps, the need for a quarantini (no judging) with the trusted quarantine pod; the mask mandate, mask-shaming, and the embarrassing adult-onset maskne that followed; the mad-dashers, later termed “covidiots” on the hunt for – or hoarding – toilet paper, alcohol gel, and Lysol; the rise in Coronaphobia and the tightening of our COVID bubble; the beginning of Zooming, connections made, and later Zumping; the push for a country-wide covexit plan; the recent Pfizer and Moderna vaccine; and our upcoming, long-awaited vaxications on the horizon. Needless to say, our everyday vernacular has changed quite a bit as well over the past 18 months.

Knowing that your theory provides you with the foundation you need to write anything you might hear, I challenge you to expand your writing, your dictionary, and your confidence with the pandemic-specific terminology you may soon hear in your professional career. You can do it!

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Court Reporters in the News

License plates show certification pride.

Personalized or vanity license plates are a popular way for drivers to show their support for an alma mater, the military, sports teams, national parks, social causes, and even Jimmy Buffett. Some NCRA members are proudly showing off their certifications on their license plates. In honor of Celebrate Certification Month, JCR Weekly shares some of our favorites.

Amy Doman, RMR, CRR

I received my RPR and Texas CSR back in the early 1990s. Then I moved to Indiana, where there is no state certification offered. But, thankfully, the firm that hired me values certifications. Reporters with certifications usually get the more challenging jobs which usually means more money in our pockets.

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The NCRA Conference & Expo is July 29 through August 1, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference brings together court reporting, captioning, and legal videographer professionals from around the world. It also features a variety of learning sessions from leading experts across the profession and beyond, providing valuable insights on thought-provoking topics that engage, teach, and enlighten. Gain insights from expert panelists, participate in contests, network, celebrate your profession, and most of all – become inspired!

From the CCR archives...

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The mission of the College of Court Reporting is to provide state-of-the-art instructional systems technologies and quality teaching techniques to educate students in the fields of realtime captioning and court reporting in an online environment. The College of Court Reporting is committed to providing a quality education to students that meet or exceed the standards of the national associations that represent and support court reporters, realtime writers, and related professions.
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PLEASE NOTE: Should you move to another state, it's extremely important that you notify CCR of your new address and also learn your new state's licensing requirements by visiting>Resources>State Requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Kijurna, Director of Alumni & Employer Relations/Title IX Coordinator, at or 866-294-3974 ext. 229.