New Certificate in Court Reporting and Captioning

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Students wishing to acquire a certificate in court reporting and captioning need look no further than Alfred State College.  The State University of New York (SUNY) and the State Education Department have approved a certificate in court reporting and captioning (CERT) to begin admitting students in fall 2009.

The certificate in court reporting and captioning will provide graduates with the skills necessary for careers as court, freelance, and realtime reporters.  In the first year, students learn machine shorthand theory.  Development of skills in recording and transcribing specialized court reporting material starts in the summer term and continues through the second year.  Computer-aided transcription and realtime reporting are an integral part of the training.  During the last semester, students are introduced not only to the skill of courtroom reporting, but to the art of reporting.

The purpose of the certificate is to allow individuals who have a degree already or are interested in solely meeting the speed requirements to gain the skills necessary for employment in this lucrative career.  Students admitted to Alfred State College can now choose between this certificate or an AAS degree program, depending on their individual educational needs.

In order to fulfill degree requirements for the certificate in court reporting and captioning, students must complete 42 credit hours of study.  Students may complete these courses on campus or online.  These hours include all the major courses required by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).  

For additional information about this exciting new certificate program, contact the Alfred State College Admissions Office at 1-800-4-ALFRED or (607) 587-4215.