Top Court Reporting Vocational and Technical Schools and Colleges

Court reporting is a lucrative, diverse, and flexible career path that is expected to grow in coming years. The question of which educational institution to select comes up when somebody is looking to get into this career. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008 information, there are 100 post secondary institutions, consisting of technical and vocational type colleges, that offer training in court reporting. Which one is right for you? This article can’t necessarily answer that question for you, but the following are some of the top schools and programs in the US, and knowing about them can at least give you something to which to compare whichever program you select.

Denver Academy of Court Reporting
Denver, Colorado
http://www.denveracademy.edu/

Denver academy of court reporting in Denver Colorado is a school dedicated solely to court reporting as a career path. It teaches courses in judicial reporting, closed captioning, web casting, Communication Access Real Time Translation (CART) and other specialties. They also offer students flexible class scheduling and night classes for those who need to continue to be employed while working at their jobs. This college also has online distance learning programs for those who find online study more convenient. DACR has been offering court reporting education since 1975 and is accredited by both the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and the Council on Approved Student Education of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

South Coast College
Orange, CA 92868
http://www.universities.com/edu/South_Coast_College.html

South Coast College has a court reporting program along with instruction in several other career paths such as legal and paralegal studies and medical transcription. They offer instruction in several different areas of the reporting field such as captioning and congressional reporting. The school is NCRA accredited and has been in business for 45 years. In addition to their academic programs they offer job placement assistance.

McCann School of Business and Technology
Carlisle, PA
http://www.mccann.edu/campuses/carlisle

This school, located in Carlisle Pennsylvania, prepares individuals mainly in voice writing modalities. The school trains reporters up to the NCRA recognized standard of 225 words per minute, and educates students in a variety of different reporting and transcriptions methods. The school has a long history of career based education, originating in 1897 as an accountancy school.

Business Informatics
Valley Stream New York
http://www.thecollegeforbusiness.com/

This college in Valley Stream, New York offers an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree in court reporting and computer office technologies. It is accredited by the NCRA and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. The school offers programs that reflect the changing job market and also provides job placement assistance.

Court Reporting Institute of Dallas
Dallas, Texas
http://www.crid.com/

One of the largest court reporting schools in the country, the Court Reporting Institute of Dallas was founded in 1978. It offers and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in court reporting. There are no prerequisites for entering the course other than a high school diploma. The Institute launched an online version of its Associate degree program in 2006. It also has a campus In Houston, Texas.

Fortis College
Norfolk, Virginia
http://www.fortis.edu/vabeach.php

Fortis College in Norfolk Virginia offers a streamlined training program for those interested in mastering the basics quickly and getting into working in the profession. Its programs uphold the NCRA standard of 225 words per minute reporting rates.

As you can see, these are mainly career/vocational types of schools. Some specialize more or less exclusively in court reporting and others offer instruction in a broader set of career specialties. The school you select is determined by a number of factors. Some areas you might look into when investigating a school to attend are the following:

History and Background

How long has the school been in business? There is no particular necessity for the school to have been in operation for a long period of time, but knowing the school’s history is a good idea regardless.

Focus

Does the school focus exclusively on court reporting or does it offer its court reporting program as part of a larger set of career courses? Again, both may be acceptable, but you might want to consider how “dedicated” a school is to court reporting as part of your overall assessment of the school’s programs.

Flexibility

How flexible is the court reporting school you’re considering time and scheduling wise? Flexible class schedules can make a big difference for those who have to work while getting their court reporting education.

Accreditiation and Organizational Affiliations

Always look into a schools accreditation and membership in educational and professional organizations. You can even check to see if the school in question is a member of the Better Business Bureau. NCRA membership for court reporting schools is best, but even some of the above do not list membership in this organization, so it is not an absolute necessity. Most schools uphold NCRA standards even if they are not official members of the organization.