(North Canton, OH – February 15, 2019) – During National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, Stark State College and partner school Clark State Community College in Springfield are announcing a new Project Steno affiliation.
Project Steno promotes the stenographic court reporting/captioning profession through social media and community outreach, with the goal of building a pipeline of students who graduate in two years.
Clark State and Stark State, offering a joint judicial court reporting program completed through online courses, now also can offer Project Steno’s tuition assistance to students who complete the National Court Reporters Association’s free A to Z program before enrolling in the judicial court reporting program.
A to Z, a six- to eight-week program introducing steno machine writing to anyone who wants to explore a possible career in court reporting, closed captioning, CART captioning or webcasting, is being created at both campuses, said Robyn Hennigan, assistant professor and program coordinator for judicial court reporting at Clark State.
“The Project Steno tuition assistance program offers additional motivation for students through their scholarship opportunity and lends additional support to students through adding an external means of accountability,” said Rene Eneix, department chair and associate professor at Stark State.
Project Steno will pay $150 per month in tuition assistance directly to Stark State/Clark State as well as the student’s required monthly online skill practice and testing platform subscription.
Students work toward obtaining the NCRA registered professional reporter and certified realtime reporter certifications.
Realtime reporting offers a multitude of career opportunities, from taking a verbatim record in the courtroom, in depositions and in hearings, to captioning local, state and national news and sporting events like the Super Bowl, World Series and the Olympics and other live programming.
“The boom in captioning and CART careers and the aging of the court reporter professional population have created a shortage of court reporters throughout the country,” Hennigan said. “These well-paid, professional careers with excellent job security are abundant. The demand is far greater than the supply.”
The combined Stark State/Clark State, NCRA-approved program maintains a 100-percent job placement rate.