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Court Reporting, Captioning, and Scopist

What is a Court Reporter?

The role of reporters continues to evolve from serving as information managers in complicated trials, to capturing depositions and business proceedings in digital format, to assisting millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Court reporters are experts at gathering information and preserving it in formats that are quickly accessible and readily usable. They capture the spoken word and convert it into text that can be read, searched and studied. Court reporters are also leaders in the field of technology and were computerized long before most of the court systems and attorneys they serve.

Since 1975, Alvin Community College has been recognized in the court reporting industry for graduating highly trained professionals. The quality is so high that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized ACC Court Reporting as an Exemplary program. This explains why students testify to the personal attention and outstanding instruction found in the ACC Court Reporting program.

Career Opportunities

Court reporters may work in the courtroom to provide transcripts of trial proceedings or they may produce depositions for attorneys or they may work with the hearing-impaired community by providing captioning and CART services. There is an increasing demand for court reporters, and U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the employment of court reporters is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020. A survey by the National Court Reporters Association found that full-time salaries are solidly above the U. S. median, averaging over $60,000 per year.

Options

Associate of Applied Science Degree*
Court Reporting..............................................60 credit hours

*The AAS degree is a two-year program. However, the courses are offered in a way to allow students to progress at their own rates. Accommodations are made for students to receive credit for work previously accomplished through the credit-by-exam procedure.

Enhanced Skills Certificate**
Captioning........................................................66 credit hours

**The Enhanced Skills Certificate prepares AAS degree students to also work in the captioning arena: off-line and online captioning, and also real-time translation of meetings, seminars, and classroom instruction.

Certificates
Court Reporting....................................................45 credit hours

Court Reporting Scopist..............................20-21 credit hours

Advantages of ACC

  • Certified by the National Court Reporters Association.
  • Recognized in the court reporting industry for graduating highly trained professionals.
  • Small classes and personal attention.
  • Dedicated faculty who care about your success.
  • Affordable tuition and fees – financial assistance available to those who qualify.
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To learn more about the ACC Court Reporting program, call 281-756-3757 or read the program brochure.

Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road • Alvin, TX 77511
Main number: 281-756-3500

For accommodations: 281-756-3531
TDD: 281-756-3845

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The WINNER is...

Alvin Community College takes first place on this list for its low tuition and variety of court reporter program options. It is also the only school on the list that meets the minimum standards for education according to the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Receiving certification as a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) from the NCRA may improve a candidate's chances of employment. The school offers a certificate and an associate's degree program.
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