Court reporting and captioning students at Alfred State are marketing National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, Feb. 17-23 by participating in a national veteran’s oral history project coordinated by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the leading organization representing stenographic court reporting and broadcast captioning professionals.
As part of the project, students will use court reporting methods and equipment designed for capturing, storing, and retrieving information. The oral accounts of service that they collect will be donated to the Library of Congress where they will be preserved as part of American history. On campus, students will also be promoting the profession on social media, and they will be welcoming returning graduates to campus to share their career insights.
Alfred State’s associate degree  and certificate  programs in court reporting and captioning are the only NCRA-approved programs in Western New York. Both programs are online and typically take four semesters (including a summer session) to complete.
“Court reporting and captioning is a highly technical profession that requires great skill and knowledge,” said Francine Staba, associate professor of business. “These professionals make invaluable contributions to the legal and deaf and hard-of-hearing communities each and every day.” As a result, career opportunities for new graduates entering the field are plentiful. The profession offers both flexibility and significant income potential. In New York State, for example, the average annual income for reporting professionals is $83,400.
Alfred State’s court reporting graduates typically find work in the field within six months of graduation and are qualified to be a close-captioner for live events, broadcast and videography purposes, freelance court reporters, medical transcriptionists, rapid text entry specialists, and real-time reporters.
To learn more about the upcoming events for National Court Reporting and Captioning Week at Alfred State or, to learn more about the program, contact Danielle Green at email@example.com  or Melissa Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org .