CCAC Allegheny Campus to host free, introductory Court Reporting course in July and August

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will host A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand, an Introduction to Stenographic Theory on July 22 and August 5. The course is free, and students do not need to register at CCAC to attend. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 436 of Milton Hall.

Designed by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the course offers a basic, hands-on introduction to the profession of court reporting. Students will be able to find out if they are interested in pursuing a career in the field while investing little time and no money.

Court reporting offers a well-paying career, in some cases over six figures, in a variety of interesting venues, according to CCAC Professor Mary Beth Johnson, who will teach the course along with CCAC Professor Barbara Lightcap. In addition to transcribing legal proceedings for courts and legislatures, court reporters, also known as captioners, caption major sporting events and other broadcast television shows for persons who are hard of hearing. And court reporters are in high demand-according to NCRA, there will be 5,500 unfilled job openings by 2018.

Constance Lee, who owns Constance Lee & Company Court Reporters and will help teach the course, got her start in CCAC's Court Reporting program more than 20 years ago. She mainly does deposition reporting, but she also captioned for the Pittsburgh Penguins for five years, including last year's Stanley Cup playoffs.

"It was wonderful and exciting," said Lee, who also did closed captioning for major TV events such as Ronald Reagan's funeral and the Michael Jackson verdict.

Lee, who has been self-employed for the last 11 years, said that enrolling in CCAC's Court Reporting program was the "best business investment" she ever made. She went on to say that the A to Z course is a great introduction for individuals who are unsure about court reporting and would like to find out more from professionals who are working in the field.

"This is hands-on experience that you couldn't get otherwise, and it's free!"

For more information or to sign up, contact Mary Beth Johnson at or 412.916.8767.

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