Macomb Community College celebrates National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, Feb. 17-23

– Monday, February 18, 2013 12:00AM

As the only National Court Reporter’s Association accredited court reporting program in Michigan, Macomb Community College is pleased to celebrate National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, Feb. 17 – 23.

Long known for their role as the stenographer who captures every word in the courtroom, court reporters are now finding that their skills are needed in other areas.

“The role of a court reporter has expanded as technology has advanced,” said Sharon Kandt, program coordinator for Macomb’s court reporting program.  “Additional employment opportunities exist for closed captionists who generate the copy that scrolls across television screens and for communication aided real-time translators (CART) who assist the deaf, as well as freelance opportunities for pretrial court proceedings such as depositions.”

Court reporters in the Detroit area have a median income of $51,690, but freelance court reporters can often control their income by the amount of work they produce.

The court reporting program is non credit and takes a minimum of two years to complete. Successful completion of the program allows students to sit for the state and national court reporting exam of which passage is required to work as a court reporter in Michigan. Certification is not required for captioning or CART, but students typically take court recording classes first to learn court reporting skills before continuing on to learn the specialization.

More information about Macomb’s court reporting program is available under the programs and courses prompt at www.macomb.edu/continuinged or by calling 586.445.7225. 

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu)  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks among the top 25 awarders of associate degrees and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560, wirthp@macomb.edu

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