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Lake Land College Hosting Information Fair On Court Reporters

Lake Land College is hosting a virtual information session for a court reporting and captioning program that will take place on March 24th, at 6 PM.  Attendees will learn about career opportunities for court reporters and captioners and the advantage of Lake Land and their online programs.


Lake Land College had previously launched this program last fall in response to the high demand for reporters throughout the state and the country. The degree program trains students for careers in the judicial setting as either official or freelance court reporters. Students are also prepared for careers providing captioning for broadcast television and internet programs and word-for-word translations for the deaf and hard of hearing. 


The program trains students on a specialized, 24-key, shorthand keyboard used by court reporters known as a stenotype machine. Students will build up their writing speed from beginner speeds to a career-level speed of 225 words per minute.  If a student doesn’t have keyboarding skills prior a keyboarding skill building course can be taken. All courses will be available online, but many will offer a virtual component for attending zoom sessions.


Students will also complete a one-hour internship course for the final semester of the program, where they will be placed in a courtroom or deposition setting to work under the supervision of a court reporter. After graduation, students will be prepared to sit through the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), Registered Skill Reporter, (RSR), and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification exams. 


To gain acceptance into the program, you must have an interest exam, english and grammar exam, and a timed keyboarding exam. For more information on this program, visit lakelandcollege.edu/high-demand-programs/courtreporting. 

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