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Improving Realtime Writing Program Kicks Off

Improving Realtime Writing Program Kicks Off

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CHICAGO, IL – MC is responding to the high demand for court reporters with realtime skills with its continuing education program for working reporters. The hands-on program for improving realtime writing kicks off on Monday, September 26, 2016, and consists of three 40-hour modules.

Generations College's Improving Realtime Writing Program To Kick Off

Realtime is used in many applications today including judicial reporting, captioning, and CART providing. CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation, and CART providers turn the spoken word into written captions for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The demand for CART captioners stems from the shortage of court reporters across the country, with research carried out by research firm Ducker Worldwide, revealing that by 2018 there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs across the nation.

In response to the figures, MC expanded its court reporting program to create a unique realtime certification preparation course. This was possible due to a five-year grant bestowed upon the College for approximately $300k from the U.S. Department of Education’s Training for Realtime Writers grant program in 2012.

The course is offered to Chicagoland reporters and graduates of NCRA-certified court reporting programs. It is specifically designed for those who are interested in boosting their earning potential, enhancing their skills, and impacting their careers.

Margaret Sokalski-Dorchack, MC’s Court Reporting Program Director, said: “Those who sign up for the program are certified shorthand reporters (CSRs), registered professional reporters (RPRs) or graduates of court reporting schools with many years of working experience in judicial reporting.”

“The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the number of graduates with realtime skills in the United States, and we are pleased with the enthusiastic response from participants” the former RPR noted.

The College plans to offer the course again in January 2017.

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