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Attending online court reporting classes -- A guide to success.

Tip # 1: Be prepared. At the College of Court Reporting, we have found that the most successful students are prepared to start classes. Successful students have their equipment, books, and supplies prior to starting classes.

Tip # 2: Have a plan. Time management and being organized are the most important aspects of going to school. Our favorite tool to build a successful calendar is Google Calendar. As a CCR student, you will have a Gmail account that has several useful apps and unlimited storage for your use.

Here is a quick video on ways to use a Google Calendar app:

Adding your assignments to your Google calendar with notifications is a great way to keep you on track for assignment submissions.

Tip # 3: Have a quiet space to study and practice. It is important that you have focus, and a designated quiet space with no distractions is best for success. Also, CCR staff suggest that if you are a steno student, get an armless chair to start classes.

Tip # 4: Turn off your phone. We all know that notifications from our phones are a huge distraction. We need to be focused; therefore, being unplugged is the best option when trying to study or practice.

Tip # 5: Trust the process. Learning a skill is much different than going to school for academics. It will require consistent practice, patience, and perseverance. Your instructors have been selected based on their education and experience in the reporting field. They have been in your shoes and are well-equipped to help you succeed throughout your student career.

Tip # 6: Communicate. The faculty and staff at CCR are ready to help to ensure your success. If you have questions and/or concerns about assignments, attendance, or any other school-related matters, it is always best to be proactive. Reach out! You and your success are our priority.

Tip # 7: Get the most out of your class experience. To get the most out of your LIVE online classes, interaction is key. Do not be afraid to turn on your mic, video, or raise your hand and participate.

Here is the link to CCR's recommendations:

Tip # 8: Online netiquette. Because CCR teaches to students who come from different backgrounds, life experiences, and from all areas of the country, it is important that everyone is respectful in tone and language when communicating. CCR has established netiquette guidelines to help ensure that you as well as everyone else feel comfortable participating in group activities.

Tip # 9: Set Goals. It is important to set daily, weekly, and semester goals. “The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward; it’s the person we become by finding the discipline, courage, and commitment to achieve them.” ~ Author unknown

The founder of CCR wrote a great article on setting goals:

Tip # 10: Reward yourself. Celebrate your successes. Recognize those in your life who are also invested in your success. A former student, who happened to also be a single mom, knew that her children sacrificed time with her when she practiced on her writer. For every test she passed, she rewarded her children with a special “prize” as well – a movie night with her, picnic at the park, or something else of their choosing. The family sacrificed together for a common goal, and they celebrated their successes together as a team.

Student Spotlight

Lydia Egan

Lydia is from Mobile, Alabama, and she plans to become a freelance court reporter. Lydia loves the idea of traveling for her future profession. She has been at CCR for a year and passing speed tests higher than 120 words per minute. She works full time and usually reads or puts together puzzles in her free time. Her favorite class so far is the transcript preparation class.

"Lydia is a hard worker and has made huge progress in her first semester of speedbuilding. Her daily dedication in developing her skill has paid off. Lydia is finishing up her 120 wpm tests and ready to jump into her 140s. It is a pleasure working with Lydia!" -- Janet Noel, Director of Faculty Development

The faculty and staff at College of Court Reporting commend you on your success so far, Lydia. Nice job!

College of Court Reporting Distinguished Speaker Series presents

Jim DeCrescenzo, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CLVS

Jim DeCrescenzo spoke to CCR students on Monday, June 1. Jim DeCrescenzo is a Registered Diplomate Reporter, a Certified Realtime Reporter, and has been recognized by his peers as a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters. In 1980 he started building his freelance court reporting business in Philadelphia. In 2001 he formed Trial Technologies, Inc. to assist attorneys with high-tech courtroom presentations. He invented and holds a patent on Exhibeo, a paperless exhibit solution for depositions. In 2012 Jim was selected to be part of the exclusive team of reporters working on the proceedings against the terrorists remaining in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Jim talked about what it takes to be a successful reporter; what it’s like to live and work as a court reporter in the top-secret environment of GTMO; and the strengths and weaknesses of Artificial Intelligence. You don't want to miss this fabulous presentation! Listen to the link below!

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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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Facebook group celebrates certifications

Margary Rogers, RPR, CRI, recently started the Facebook group Stenographers Leveling up with Certifications. She talked to the JCR Weekly about what she hoped to accomplish with the group.

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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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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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