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College of Court Reporting, est. 1984

August 2021

CCR Student Spotlight

Student wins NCRA Conference & Expo registration

Paige LaBar of Pen Argyl, Pa., is the winner of a registration to the 2021 NCRA Conference & Expo. She was chosen from among new members who joined NCRA by June 30.

LaBar is a 160-wpm online student at the College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ind. She has never attended an NCRA Conference before and said she is excited to this year.

“I am mostly looking forward to all the amazing learning opportunities to help better myself as a future reporter, and I am also really looking forward to getting to meet students and other reporters,” LaBar said.

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Congratulations, Heather Bonds and Kimberly Coltrain!!

Heather Bonds, 2021 NCRA A to Z Scholarship winner

Click here to read the full announcement.

Kimberly Coltrain, NCRA 2021 CASE Scholarship winner

Click here to read the full announcement.

CCR Alumni Spotlight

CCR Voice Writing Student, now GRADUATE, Danielle Davis!

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

A: I became interested in court reporting when I became ill while working as a stylist. I could no longer handle the chemicals used in a salon environment. I also had years of experience in Corporate America and dreaded the monotony. Court reporting appealed to me because there are so many fields in the profession. Becoming a freelance court reporter became my mission, as it would allow the flexibility and life balance I desired as a parent. CCR caught my attention on a popular FB board for court reporters. A student of CCR posted how supportive the instructors were and how pleased overall she was with the program. I can certainly attest to that. The rest is history.

What has been the most challenging part of getting through school, and what did you do to overcome it?

A: The most challenging part of school was working full time, caring for my family, and spiritual obligations, while practicing and meeting assignment deadlines. I overcame this by prayer, keeping a strict schedule, and sacrificing a lot of entertainment time (especially weekends). I also have a very supportive husband, mother, and children who helped me immensely through this journey. They were always a source of encouragement.

What has been the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

A: The best advice I have ever been given is to stay focused. When frustration comes, set small goals for yourself, so as not to become overwhelmed. When you reach that goal, celebrate. Every accomplished step brings you closer to that finish line. Never give up!

CCR Instructor Highlights

From the desk of Alice Skoro...


(pawrt-man-toh, pawrt-man-toh)

Also called port·man·teau word . A word that combines the form and meaning of two or more other words; a blend.

Something that combines or blends several items, features, or qualities:

I've gathered a portmanteau of ideas from my colleagues.

1. affluenza (affluence/influenza): The guilt or lack of motivation experienced by people who have made or inherited large amounts of money.

2. bionic (biology/electronic): Artificial body parts that have been enhanced by technology.

3. bodacious (bold/audacious): Insolent or unrestrained, extraordinary or impressively large.

4. Bollywood (Bombay/Hollywood): The Indian movie industry.

5. bromance (brother/romance): A close relationship between two men.

6. brunch (breakfast + lunch): A meal that is eaten after breakfast but before lunch.

7. carjack (car/hijack): To take someone’s car by force.

8. chillax (chill/relax): Calm down, rest.

9. chocoholic (chocolate + alcoholic): Someone who eats excessive amounts of chocolate.

10. Chunnel (channel/tunnel): Word used to describe the Channel Tunnel that runs between the UK and France.

11. cineplex (cinema/complex): A movie theatre with several screens.

12. craptacular (crap/spectacular): Entertainment that is so poor in quality it captivating.

13. cyborg (cybernetic/organism): A human or fictional entity whose physiological functioning is enhanced by mechanical elements.

14. dumbfound (dumb/confound): Greatly astonish or amaze.

15. electrocution (electricity/execution): Death by electricity.

16. emoticon (emotion/icon): The use of keyboard characters to represent a facial expression.

17. flare (flame/glare): A sudden brief burst of bright flame or light.

18. frenemy (friend/enemy): Someone who is supposed to be a friend but whose actions are more characteristic of a foe.

19. gaydar (gay/radar): The ability to identify whether a person is homosexual based on an observation of their appearance and/or behavior.

20. ginormous (giant/enormous): Large, huge.

21. glamping (glamour/camping): Luxury camping.

22. guesstimate (guess + estimate): To estimate without solid facts or figures.

23. infomercial (information/commercial): A television program that promotes a product in an informative and supposedly objective way.

24. infotainment (information + entertainment): Forms of popular media that blend information and entertainment together.

25. Internet (international/network): A global system of interconnected computer networks.

26. shero (she/hero): A woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

27. knowledgebase (knowledge/database): Intellectual capital that is stored in a central area. Similar to wisdombase (wisdom/database).

28. malware (malicious/software): Computer programs that are designed to damage or disable computer systems.

29. mansplaining (man/explaining): Explaining something to a woman in a condescending manner.

30. McMansion (McDonalds/mansion): A blandly generic large house.

31. meld (melt/weld): Blend/combine.

32. metrosexual (metropolitan/heterosexual): A man who appears to be inordinately concerned about personal aesthetics and/or is perceived for this quality as being homosexual.

33. modem (modulation/demodulation): An electronic device that makes possible the transmission of data to or from a computer via telephone or other communication lines.

34. motel (motor/hotel): Overnight accommodation designed for motorists.

35. motorcade (motor/cavalcade): A procession of motor vehicles.

36. rockabilly (rock’n’roll/hill-billy): A type of popular music, originating in the southeastern US in the 1950s, combining elements of rock and roll and country music.

37. skort (skirt/shorts): A pair of shorts that resemble a skirt.

38. shopaholic (shop/alcoholic): An individual who is addicted to shopping and buying products.

39. smog (smoke + fog): A form of air pollution that has the qualities of both smoke and fog.

40.Spanglish (Spanish/English): A hybrid language that combines English and Spanish.

41. spork (spoon/fork): A hybrid form of cutlery.

42. stagflation (stagnation/inflation): Persistent high inflation and unemployment accompanied by stagnant demand.

43. telethon (television/marathon): A very long television program.

44.televangelist (television/evangelist): An evangelist who regularly appears on television.

45. three-peat (three/repeat): A third consecutive victory.

46.turducken (turkey/duck/chicken): A dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, which itself is stuffed into a deboned turkey.

47. vidiot (video/idiot): A habitual, undiscriminating watcher of television or videotapes.

48.workaholic (work/alcoholic): An individual who works excessive hours.

Ten Secrets of a Successful Student

By: Melissa S. Lee, A.S., CCR, CRI

A goal absent a plan is just a dream. A successful plan must contain both strategy and determination. There is no success without sacrifice and no motivation without reward, so it is important to factor in both when you want to turn a dream into reality.

Do you have a plan to succeed?

1. Set up your workspace. Clutter is simply the byproduct of delayed decisions, so get organized today and create a workplace that will be productive throughout your student career!

2. Stay connected. Whispering to your computer before an I-class, “Please stay connected this time,” is never a good plan for success; however, there are things you can do to help ensure a strong internet connection:

a. Keep your software updated.

b. Move your router to a location close to or in your office space.

c. Use an ethernet cable to hardwire to your router.

d. Disconnect from other sources that may be competing for your WiFi signal (Facebook, EV360, etc.), which may include other WiFi users within your household as well.

e. Upgrade your internet speed/package.

3. Set goals. If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal. You know your ultimate semester goals, so begin with daily and weekly goals that are achievable. Remember, though, that no goal is achieved without discipline, so create a schedule.

4. Create a schedule. Don’t prioritize your schedule; schedule your priorities. Nobody reaches success willynilly, so be sure to create a perpetual Monday through Sunday schedule for the semester. Schedule those non-negotiables first (work, kids, weekly obligations). This will give you a better visual of what time you have left to dedicate to your academic responsibilities. Plug in the time required for each of your classes within the remaining time in your daily schedule, but remember to also plan in breaks.

5. Take breaks. As the saying goes, you cannot burn both ends of the candlestick without quickly burning out. When you create your schedule, always incorporate a “wild card” day during the week, that day which is scheduled off and allows you time to spend with family, friends, and to rest and reset.

A wild card day (Saturday, for example) is essential in keeping with your goals as well because sometimes life does get in the way. If you have a sick child, for example, that needs to go to the doctor’s today, you could shift your wild card day from Saturday to today for this week. This allows you to be where you need to be today, with your sick child, while still meeting your weekly calendar academic commitments by completing them on Saturday.

6. Stick to your routine. This one is essential. No one makes it through a skills-type program by pounding out marathon sessions over the weekend. When you do that, you begin to practice tired, and when you practice tired, you begin making mistakes and reinforcing those mistakes. A little progress each day adds up to BIG results. Focus on consistent, daily practice. That is what will win the race in the end.

7. Dispel Negativity. Negativity is a thief that will steal your happiness, so focus on the positive. Surround yourself with those that believe in you and your goals.That said, it is true that in a court reporting program, there will be discouraging days. You will see weekly tests that are not passed. Unpassed tests can feel defeating. Remember, though, that failure is not the opposite of success; it is part of success. There is something that can be learned with each test submission. Evaluate your test errors. You cannot correct your errors if you do not first identify them.

8. Reward yourself (and your family). I once had a successful single mom and wanted to know her secret to success. She explained that not only was she invested in her success but her kids were as well.

Because the whole family made sacrifices while she was in school, not only did she reward herself after passed test, but she rewarded her kids as well. Each week she passed a test, her kids would get something special for them – a picnic at the park, a special family night, maybe a sleepover with a friend. She found that after doing this, the kids were invested in her success, encouraged her to practice, would self-entertain while she practiced, and would often ask, “Did you pass a test today?” They truly understood that each day that she practiced was one day closer to her goals and their next reward.

9. Communicate. Education is a shared commitment between your instructors and yourself. Check your email and submission feedback daily. When life gets in the way (illness, death, etc.), be proactive in your communication rather than reactive.

10. Never give up. School is a challenge, for sure. When you think about giving up, remember why you started. If you got a little off track yesterday, don’t forget that today is a clean slate, a new beginning to start again. The only difference between those that graduate and those that do not is that those that graduated never gave up.

Never give up! You, our future court reporter, can do this, and the profession needs you!

At the end of the day, remember that your goals will determine what you are going to be, so be a goal digger. Invest in YOU and your future self will thank you!

Court Reporters in the News

A shout out to court reporters on MSNBC

Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell praise court reporter

From the CCR archives...

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Applications are closed for 2021.

Although the applications are closed for 2021, keep an eye out for these scholarships from the National Court Reporters Association to open for 2022.


Applications are closed for 2021.

Although the applications are closed for 2021, keep an eye out for these scholarships from the National Verbatim Reporters Association to open for 2022.

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Job opportunities

Douglas County, Nebraska

Douglas County, Nebraska, in Omaha, has judges who are wishing to work with steno reporters in their courts. If you have any questions about working as an official in Nebraska, please let me know. Our Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Courts is currently in the process of reviewing our page rates with an increase in mind as well as possibly providing equipment for court reporters. If changes are approved, more than likely they will take effect in January 2022. Please note, the salary listed for the position does not include income generate from transcript production.

Eastern District of Texas

My name is Hailee Amox, and I am the deputy in charge of the Texarkana Division in the Eastern District of Texas. As part of an NCRA-approved program, I am emailing you to let you know that the Eastern District of Texas-Texarkana Division has a court reporter position open, available immediately. If you have any students who are graduating or have graduated who might be interested in this position, please pass the information along to them. I have included a link to the job posting as well as an attached PDF of the job. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Hailee M. Amox
Deputy in Charge – Texarkana Division
United States District Court
Eastern District of Texas

(903) 794-1003

Grand Rapids, MN

Now hiring,

Court Reporter, Itasca County, Honorable Korey Wahwassuck

For more information, contact:

Deb Williams |HR Coordinator

616 America Ave NW, Ste 250 | Bemidji, MN 56601

218-759-4370 |


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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