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Macomb Community College highlights National Court Reporting and Captioning Week with career info session

– Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00AM

Macomb’s certified court reporting program is the only one in the state

Typically known for their role as stenographers who capture every word in a courtroom, court reporters are now also finding their skills in demand for closed captioning and communication aided real-time translation (CART) for the hearing impaired.  Through 2022, employment in the field is expected to grow by 10 percent.

On Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., Macomb Community College is hosting a Court Reporting & Captioning Event to provide an overview of the different career paths and opportunities in court reporting, as well as details about the college’s program.   The event will take place in the Professional Development Center (UC 1) at the Macomb University Center on the college’s Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads, in Clinton Township.

Guest speakers will include Tami Keenan, past president, National Court Reporters Association, and Melinda Dexter, president, Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters.   

Macomb’s court reporting program – the only one offered in Michigan – recently received recertification through January 2019 from the National Court Reporters Association.   The program takes a minimum of two years to complete and does not lead to a degree.  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.

For more information about the event, call 586.226.4722.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges 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. 

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Media Contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560,