Court and Realtime Reporting

AAS Degree – Code #0647

Certificate – Code #2152

Melissa Blake, Program Coordinator

Email address: blakemj@alfredstate.edu

These programs, certified by the National Court Reporters Association, prepare students for careers as official, freelance, realtime reporters and captioners. Jobs are available for competent court reporters to work in all fields of reporting, including realtime and closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

One feature of the Court and Realtime Reporting program is the development of high speed recording skills to 225-plus words per minute through the use of realtime translation machine shorthand and computer aided transcription (CAT). In the first year, students learn realtime shorthand theory and develop computer skills that will enhance their overall employability. The prerequisite for entering the specialized court reporting course in the summer session is the attainment of a minimum recording speed of 90 words per minute. Development of skills in recording and transcribing specialized court reporting matter starts in the summer term and continues through the second year. Students in their senior year elect to go in to judicial or broadcast captioning.

All entering freshmen are required to purchase their own computerized shorthand machine and student software in order to practice realtime writing outside the class. The approximate cost of this equipment is $2,000 and should be included in college expenses.

The college offers court reporting-related courses (courses with a CTRP prefix) online, making it possible for students who transfer in credit or attend other colleges to earn their degree from Alfred State in court and realtime reporting or court reporting and captioning. The online approach still requires two years of course work and does not change any of the standards reflected in graduation requirements for all students. This approach is designed for those who are currently working and seeking a change in career, single parents, or individuals who cannot attend a college campus.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State Court and Realtime Reporting AAS graduates may enter directly into the Technology Management BBA degree program at Alfred State.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent - 89 percent are employed; 11 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required:

Algebra

Recommended:

Geometry and Algebra 2/ Trigonometry