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
"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