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We asked a few of our students to talk about their education at CCR and this is what they had to say:

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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 - The Voice of the Future
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The ups and downs of parenting and virtual schooling

Court reporters and captioners with school-age children at home are among the many parents dealing with virtual schooling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Myra Ponce, RDR, CRR, an official court reporter in Los Angeles, Calif., has two children in eighth and tenth grades who she is supervising with their online schooling.

“I am teleworking and conduct court hearings via video teleconferencing,” Ponce said. “The kids understand when I’m in court, no interruptions whatsoever.”

She said her work has only been affected by occasional slow internet connections. Her children have sometimes experienced technical difficulties with being kicked off Zoom.

“I commend the teachers and staff/administration for their efforts in this new style of teaching,” Ponce said. “They, too, had to adjust a great deal — having to learn the platform Zoom, adjusting their teaching styles to accommodate for the distance learning, and, for some, having to teach from home, where I’m sure there are many distractions and obstacles they need to put aside. I commend our IT/AV staff as well, as they were able to implement the video conferencing expeditiously since the closing of our courts back in March and as they continue to keep us running through this pandemic.”

Some members find extra languages help with steno

How many languages do you know?

I know English and steno. 61.2%

I know English, steno, and one more (but not fluently). 28.5%

I know English, steno, and one more language that I use regularly. 5.8%

I know English, steno, and more than one other language but not fluently. 4.6%

Last week’s JCR Weekly poll question asked about how many languages NCRA members know in addition to English and steno. Responses showed a number of multilingual people, and some of them attributed knowing other languages to helping them succeed in their work.

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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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NCRF Student Intern Scholarship opens Oct. 1

The NCRF Student Intern Scholarship opens Oct. 1. Two $1000 awards will be given to qualified court reporting students who have completed their internship. Eligibility requirements include current NCRA student membership, speed test requirements, and a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants will be required to submit a nomination form, letter of recommendation, and an essay. Judicial, CART, and captioning students are encouraged to apply. Please visit the NCRF Student Intern Scholarship page for full submission details.

Melvin Brewing Scholarship

The $1,000 Melvin Brewing Scholarship was created to help students lift a little bit of financial stress off of their shoulders while also helping to strengthen our communities! Students from all majors and areas of study are encouraged to apply.

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 have passed one skills test writing 60-100 words per minute at the time of submission. The application usually opens in February and closes on April.

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 in April. The 2020 application has not been posted yet.

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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
(866) 294 - 3974 ext.222

College of Court Reporting

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