COURT REPORTING/ CAPTIONING - GateWay Community College

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COURT REPORTING/ CAPTIONING - GateWay Community College

COURT REPORTING/

CAPTIONING

Judicial Court Reporter

Broadcast Closed Captioner

Scopist

Transcriptions


12/20/2011

Dear Future Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Court Reporting programs here at GateWay

Community College. If you are looking for a high-paying career that is challenging

and exciting, Judicial Reporting, CART, Broadcast Closed Captioning, Scoping, or

transcription could be for you.

Judicial Court Reporting has been a part of the Maricopa Community College

District since 1975. The program is certified by the National Court Reporters

Association and offers excellent training with affordable fees. We understand

student needs and offer a friendly, supportive environment. Our faculty members

have been recognized nationally in their achievements as court reporters and court

reporting instructors, with over 100 years’ combined experience in the profession.

Please review the enclosed materials. Should you have further questions, please feel

free to email me at dillard@gatewaycc.edu or call me at (602) 286-8602.

Sincerely,

Stephanie S. Dillard, M.Ed.,RPR, CRI

Director of Realtime Court Reporting and Broadcast Closed Captioning

GateWay Community College


Court Reporting and Captioning Program 2012

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Court Reporting and Captioning Mission Statement

The Court Reporting Program is committed to providing courses and programs designed to meet the

needs for employment preparation, retraining, and state and national certification requirements.

The Court Reporting Program will achieve this mission through:

� Career Education: Providing courses for careers in judicial court reporting and court reporting related

fields.

� Continuing Education: Offering specific courses for working court reporters for continuing education

requirements and specific courses to obtain state and national certifications.

Community Service: Serving as a testing site for the National Court Reporters Association RPR, CRR,

RMR, RDR, and CLVS certifications.

Student Services

The following are some of the services that are available to all students:

ADVISING - Contact the Program Advisor (602) 286-8600.

COUNSELING - Academic, personal or career counseling available. Call (602) 286-8900

FINANCIAL AID - Available for qualified students. Contact the Financial Aid Office,

(602) 286-8300.

TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE - Available through the Learning Center, (602) 286-8800.

EMPLOYMENT - Upon completion of the program, contact the Career and Reentry Services, (602) 286-8500,

for assistance.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT CENTER - For dates and times of testing. Call (602) 286-8160

CLASSES AND COURSES ON-LINE - www.gwc.maricopa.edu

ADMISSIONS & RECORDS – Call (602) 286-8200.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose GateWay for Court Reporting?

The future of court reporting is in realtime judicial reporting, CART providing, and broadcast captioning. GateWay

offers state-of-the-art training in all of these areas, including a realtime classroom equipped with the latest

technology in realtime software and a closed captioning studio.

How long does the program take to complete?

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree requires a minimum of 91 credits. The Certificate requires a

minimum of 68 credits. After the first two semesters, the speed-building classes are progressive, so students

advance at their own rate based upon their ability to master each of the speed levels. Nationally, most students take

an average of three to four years to complete this type of program.

What is the difference between the AAS Degree and the Certificate for Realtime Reporting? A certificate

can be earned after approximately 68 -71 credits. An AAS degree includes both realtime reporting and general

studies classes and requires 91-96 credits. Students with classes or a degree from an accredited college may be able

to apply some of their classes towards the AAS degree. Although there are no requirements in any state to have a

degree in order to work, some employers prefer their reporters to have the AAS degree.

Are there any prerequisites needed to qualify for entry into the program? You must be a high school graduate

or have a GED, have a keyboarding speed of approximately 45 words per minute, and test eligible in English 101 to

gain entry into the Realtime Reporting Program. For information regarding these tests, call GateWay’s Assessment

Center at (602) 286-8160.

After completing the program, what type of employment can I expect? After receiving your

diploma or certificate, you will be prepared to apply for a position as a CART provider, official judicial court

reporter, freelance judicial reporter, or corporate reporter subject to state certification requirements. Many of our

students secure employment during their internship program.

What are the starting salaries? Starting salaries vary depending upon the company and geographic location.

At the present time, starting salaries as a CART provider, freelance judicial reporter, and corporate reporter can

range from $25,000 to $65,000 a year. Official judicial court reporters receive salaries in the same range and receive

additional pay for the production of their transcripts.

How much do the classes cost?

As of July 1, 2012, tuition is *$76 per credit hour for a Maricopa County resident and a $15 registration fee assessed

once a semester. This amount does not cover textbooks or the minimal lab fees.

*Tuition and fees are set by the Maricopa Community College Governing Board and approved by the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges

and are subject to change.

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Judicial Reporting Competencies

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Judicial Program Information

Upon completion of the AAS Degree or the Certificate of Completion in the Court Reporting Program, you will be

able to:

� Write realtime, conflict-free machine shorthand at 225 words per minute with a minimum of 95%

accuracy.

� Quickly locate portions from your shorthand notes and/or computer screen and read back with clarity.

� Apply rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization to compositions and transcripts.

� Demonstrate knowledge of judicial and legislative processes, legal and Latin terminology, and various

court systems.

� Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, medical terminology, and researching medical information.

� Assume the role of the reporter in trials, depositions, and administrative hearings.

� Operate a computer-aided transcription system using translating and editing functions.

� Write in realtime with online translation.

� Prepare and produce a 40-page written transcript from actual courtroom deposition proceedings.

� Take the NCRA Registered Professional Reporter exam.

“I love my job as an official court reporter. It is interesting. I make a great living, and there are great opportunities

in the field.”

--Aaron LaDuke, Federal Judicial Reporter and GateWay Community College graduate

“I enjoy reporting, and I especially like the flexibility of the deposition work. You have the potential to make a

great income while still exercising some control over your schedule.”

--Nicole Schaffner, Freelance Reporter and GateWay Community College Graduate

“I love the choice I made to become a court reporter. I am earning a great income, and at the same time I am

providing a valuable service. No two days are ever alike, so I don’t think I’ll ever get bored with it. I am excited

about the growing opportunities for court reporters. With today’s realtime and captioning technology, the sky is the

limit. I went to a private school and then to GateWay Community College, and I always recommend GateWay

because it is the best school.”

--Marylynn LeMoine, Official Judicial Reporter, Maricopa County Superior Court and GateWay Community

College Graduate

“I learned so many things about a wide range of topics and I love always being able to challenge myself. Becoming

a court reporter has helped me grow as a person and has given me an accomplishment to be very proud of.”

--Tiffani Nelson, Freelance Reporter and GateWay Community College Graduate

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The Court Reporting Program is Certified by the National Court Reporters Association

Prerequisites for Entering Program

� High School Graduation transcript or equivalent

� Keyboarding at 45 words per minute (Any student not meeting the prerequisite typing speed of 45 words per minute

may choose to take OAS 100, OAS 101, OAS 103AA or OAS 102 to assist in attaining the required skill level for the

program)

� English 101 Eligibility

I. Court Reporting Certificate Requirements: 70 - 71 CREDITS

RTR 101 Computer Compatible Machine Shorthand I

Credits

5

RTR 102 Computer compatible Machine Shorthand II 5

RTR 197 Court Reporting Lab 1

RTR 201 Court Reporting I 7

RTR 202 Court Reporting II 7

RTR 203 Court Reporting III 7

RTR 204 Court Reporting IV 7

RTR 205 Court Reporting V 7

RTR 206 Court Reporting VI 7

RTR 209 Court Procedures 3

RTR 211 Court Practice 1

RTR 215 Computer-Aided Transcription 3

LAS 101 Introduction to Law 3

OAS 103AA Typing: Skill Building I or equivalent by assessment 0-1

OAS 108 Business English 3

BPC135 Word processing (any module) 2

OAS181 Medical Office: Vocabulary (3) OR 3

HCC145 Medical Terminology for Allied Health or equivalent (3)

II. Associate of Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting requirements: 91 - 96 CREDITS

Credits

Completion of Realtime Reporting Certificate AND the following 70 - 71

ENG 101 Firs Year Composition I 3

ENG 102 First Year Composition II OR ENG111 Technical Writing 3

COM COM110 Interpersonal Communication OR COM100 Introduction to

Human Relations OR COM230 Small Group Communications 3

CRE 101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I OR

CRE 111 Critical Reading for Business and Industry (or equivalent by assessment) 0-3

MAT 102 Mathematical Concept/Applications

(Or equivalent by assessment, or completion of higher math course.) 3

BIO 160 Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Humanities Any approved general studies course in the Humanities and Fine Arts 2

Course requirements are subject to change.

Students must pass two 5-minute typing tests at 60 net words per minute with a maximum of 5 errors.

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SCOPING

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the program take to complete?

The certificate is 23 - 24 credits and usually takes one to one-and-a-half years to complete.

Are there any prerequisites needed to qualify for entry into the program?

Students must be a high school graduate or have a GED, have a typing speed of approximately 45 words per

minute, and test eligible for ENG 101.

What are the starting salaries?

Scopists generally are paid by the page and charge between 90 cents to $1.50 per page. Depending on the

density and clarity of the material, scopists can edit between 15 and 30 pages per hour.

How much do the classes cost?

As of July 1, 2011, tuition is *$76 per credit hour for a Maricopa County resident and a $15 registration fee

assessed once a semester. This amount does not include textbooks or the minimal lab fees.

Will my scoping classes transfer to the Court Reporting Program?

Yes. Should you wish to continue with your studies while working as a scopist, 22 of your credits will transfer to

the Court Reporting Program.

What kind of student services are available?

The following are some of the student services that are available to all students:

Advising – available in the Career and Education Planning Center at (602) 286-8600

Counseling – available in the Career and Education Planning Center at (602) 286-8900

Financial Aid – available to qualified students at (602) 286-8300

Tutorial Assistance – available through the Learning Assistance Center at (602) 286-8800

Employment – contact the Career & Reentry Services for assistance at (602) 286-8500

“Scoping was the perfect job for me when my children were small. I worked out of my home, earned a good living,

and was able to work the hours that were convenient for me.”

--Stephanie S. Dillard, Director of Realtime Reporting GateWay Community College

“Being a text editor has been great for me. It allows me to have a tremendous amount of flexibility and control

over my own schedule. One of the best things about working in this field is that my workload can come from

anywhere in the country; all I need is an Internet connection.”

- Shannon Romero, Scopist/Text Editor and GateWay Community College graduate

*Tuition and fees are set by the Maricopa Community College Governing Board and approved by the State Board of Directors for Community

College and are subject to change.

Court Reporting Program

GateWay Community College

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Scoping Program Information

Scoping Occupation Information

Since the use of computer technology and realtime writing has become an integral part of the court reporting field,

many judicial reporters and freelance reporters use scopists to edit and translate their work using computer-aided

transcription software.

Scopists work at home, in court reporting offices, and in courts translating court reporters’ machine shorthand

notes into text and official court documents using a computer with court reporting computer-aided transcription

software.

Scoping Certificate Competencies

Upon completion of the Certificate program, you will be able to:

� Demonstrate knowledge of machine shorthand theory, common brief forms and phrases used in the

judicial reporting profession, including reading and transcription of notes.

� Produce a verbatim transcript to include title page, direct and cross-examination, parentheticals, colloquy,

and certification page with the use of a computer-aided transcription system.

� Edit, proofread, and correct transcripts.

� Use reference manuals to determine spelling of medical, legal, or other specialized terminology, and rules

of English grammar.

� Use appropriate medical references to prepare transcripts.

� Describe the various court systems, their functions, and various stages of litigation in court.

� Use a computer to enter and edit text and to create documents and transcripts.

Court Reporting Program

Scoping

Required courses Credits

CTR101 Machine Shorthand I 5

CTR197 Court Reporting Lab 1

BPC101AA Introduction to Computers or equivalent 1

CTR209 Court Procedures 3

CTR215 Computer-Aided Transcription 3

OAS108 Business English 3

OAS181 Medical Office Vocabulary 3

LAS101 Introduction to Law 3

CTR271 Scoping 2

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TRANSCRIPTION

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the program take to complete?

The certificate is 22 – 23 credits and usually takes one to one-and-a-half years to complete.

Are there any prerequisites needed to qualify for entry into the program?

Students must have a high school diploma or GED, must have a typing speed of approximately 45 words per

minute, and test eligible for ENG 101.

What are the starting salaries?

Transcriptionists generally are paid by the page and charge between $1.25 to $4.00 per page. Depending on the

machine shorthand speed and accuracy of the transcriptioninst, they can generate 6 to 15 pages per hour.

How much do the classes cost?

As of July 1, 2012, tuition is *$76 per credit hour for a Maricopa County resident and a $15 registration fee

assessed once a semester. This amount does not include textbooks or the minimal lab fees.

Will my transcription classes transfer to the Court Reporting Program?

Yes. Should you wish to continue with your studies while working as a transcriptionist, 22 of your credits will

transfer to the Court Reporting Program.

What kind of student services are available?

The following are some of the student services that are available to all students:

Advising – available in the Career and Education Planning Center at (602) 286-8600

Counseling – available in the Career and Education Planning Center at (602) 286-8900

Financial Aid – available to qualified students at (602) 286-8300

Tutorial Assistance – available through the Learning Assistance Center at (602) 286-8800

Employment – contact the Career & Reentry Services for assistance at (602) 286-8500

"After learning the skills for court reporting, I have found a niche in the legal transcription field. I enjoy the

tremendous amount of flexibility afforded me through transcription. I can take my equipment and sit on a beach in

Hawaii and get work done while at the same time getting a vacation. I can work at any hour of the day or night and

take as much or as little work as I desire. I have owned my own transcription company for the past 7 years and am

now able to provide work to others looking to make a good living, as well."

-Katherine McNally, Graduate of GateWay Community College, Owner of AZ-Accurate

Transcription Service, LLC, Phoenix, Arizona.

GateWay Community College

Court Reporting Program

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Court Reporting Program

Transcription

Required courses Credits

CTR101 Machine Shorthand I 5

CTR197 Court Reporting Lab 1

BPC101AA Introduction to Computers or equivalent 1

CTR215 Computer-Aided Transcription 3

OAS108 Business English 3

OAS181 Medical Office Vocabulary 3

LAS101 Introduction to Law 3

CTR271 Scoping 2

CTR272 Transcription 2

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