The Benefits Of Online Court Reporting Programs
Court reporting is a respected and growing field, one that offers significant flexibility and attractive earning potential. Court reporters and stenographers play key roles in the judicial system, as well as in many other settings outside the courtroom.
Enrolling in a structured court reporting program helps aspiring stenographers gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in this fast-paced career. Court reporting programs help students define their career goals while preparing for the Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examinations. What many people don’t know is that it is no longer necessary to find and enroll in a traditional court reporting program offered on a college campus. Instead, you can easily earn a court reporting degree online — on your own time and from virtually anywhere in the world.
If you are exploring potential career options and are considering court reporting, there are several reasons you should take a closer look at online court reporting programs. These include convenience, saving time and money, and a lower-stress approach to completing your college degree.
No Need to Commute To/From Campus
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of choosing an online program for court reporting is that you can complete courses and learn entirely from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to spend time or money to get to or from a college campus and have to find parking or deal with public transportation. This also means you don’t need to worry about commuting in inclement weather (or if you’re feeling under the weather.) In fact, you can even complete your court reporting courses in your pajamas and slippers! Online programs also offer enormous flexibility when it comes to timing, making it easier to juggle earning your degree with other family and household responsibilities.
Save Time (and Money!)
Choosing a court reporting program offered entirely online can also result in savings to your bottom line, beyond the savings you will realize by avoiding a potentially lengthy commute.
That’s because online degree programs are often less expensive than comparable on-campus options. While your courses are still taught by credentialed faculty with real-world court-reporting knowledge and experience, the college doesn’t have the rest of the overhead costs that come with in-person court reporting classes. Another way you can save money is via the time savings you can realize by choosing an online program. Many students who take the online route find they are able to complete their court reporting programs faster than they could with on-campus programs, because they are able to do the work on their own schedules.
Reduce the Stress of Earning Your College Degree
Earning a college degree, even if you are passionate about the subject, can be stressful. That stress has been magnified for many people due to the global pandemic. When you choose to earn an online court reporting degree, you have more control over your environment which, in turn, can reduce the stress that comes with the process. The convenience of earning your degree when and where it works best for you can help you focus on your studies — and ultimately, on learning what you need to know to succeed in your future career as a court reporter.
Generations College, located in the heart of Chicago, offers a range of on-campus and online degree programs, including an online, performance-based Associate of Science in Court Reporting degree. We have been educating court reporters around the country since 1912 and are proud to have our roots in the first-of-its-kind traditional court reporting program in the United States.