This Judicial Court Reporting online program is a “Shared Program” between Clark State Community College and Stark State College, offering a unique opportunity for providing excellence in teaching and learning. Specific courses will be offered at each institution and those courses will transfer to the other under specific guidelines of this “Shared Program” initiative. Students will receive an Associate of Applied Business in Judicial Court Reporting from both Stark State College and Clark State Community College.
The vital, exciting, and rewarding IT profession of judicial court reporting provides opportunities in multiple realtime career paths. Judicial court reporters are the guardians of the record, providing a verbatim record of the proceedings of a courtroom, deposition, hearing, arbitration, or meeting and producing an accurate transcript of the proceedings, using state-of-the-art technology. This technology allows court reporters to provide instantaneous translation referred to as realtime for all parties involved in the proceedings, whether present on site or at a distance via the Internet. The ability to create word-for-word accounts and provide realtime translation opens the career opportunities beyond the courtroom and depositions to closed captioning and beyond.
Clark/Stark students learn to write realtime using a computerized machine and to prepare transcripts using computer-aided (CAT) software. Students’ writing skills are perfected by utilizing a realtime learning practice and testing web environment along with many additional specialized drills, and students have access to an on-campus mock courtroom, as well as on-campus realtime labs. Students are required to complete a significant internship prior to graduating, providing exposure to the judicial court reporting field in a real-world environment.
This joint program meets or exceeds the General Requirements and Minimum Standards (GRMS) required by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
According to an independent study conducted by Ducker Worldwide (Ducker), one of the nation’s leading marketplace analyst firms, demand for court reporters will exceed supply within five years, yielding a nationwide shortage. By 2018, there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available in the U.S. … according to the 2013-14 Court Reporting Industry Outlook Report. Average starting salary for a court reporter, as reported by Ducker, is $43,000 annually; and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for court reporting salaries is expected to increase by 14 percent through the year 2020.