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PITTSBURGH—Despite the tough economy,the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Court Reporting program is producing results, with 100% of eligible program graduates finding employment in the field. In fact, the demand for CCAC Court Reporting graduates is so strong that many students in the program already have jobs lined up even though they may be months away from graduation.
Now enrolling, CCAC’s Court Reporting program is one of 55 schools across the nation approved by the National Court Reporter’s Association and one of only two approved in Pennsylvania. Students in the program are trained to work in the courthouse, in the deposition suite or as closed captioners and to write CART (Computer Assisted Realtime Translation) for those who are hearing impaired. For graduates employed through the court system, salaries begin in the $40,000 range. Freelance reporters, paid on a commission basis, can earn more.
According to Mary Beth Johnson, professor of Court Reporting at CCAC–Allegheny Campus, CCAC’s program prides itself on keeping current with emerging trends in the industry. As a result, CCAC graduates command strong salaries, earning between $35,000 and $150,000 per year. “What is exciting, after teaching court reporting for 36 years, is that we have always stood firm on the notion that we will embrace technology, not be replaced by it,” Johnson said.
Donna Betza, operations manager for Proliance Solutions and CCAC Court Reporting program graduate, entered the industry working as a freelancer. “Hands-on instruction utilizing computer-aided transcription is what prepared me to work first as a freelance court reporter. The program affords many opportunities to network with and also intern with freelance court reporting agencies, closed captioning companies, county courthouses, as well as colleges and universities requiring real-time translation for their deaf and hard-of-hearing students,” Betza said. “Having exposure to the variety of positions available definitely helped in choosing my ultimate career path.”
To enroll or for more information, please call 412.237.2748 or visit www.ccac.edu, search keywords “court reporting.” CCAC–Allegheny Campus is located at 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.