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Court Reporting

Court reporters are highly-trained professionals who have the ability to convert the spoken word into information that can be read, searched, and archived. There are new career paths for reporters, such as broadcast captioning and realtime translation services for people who are deaf or impaired. Reporters accomplish this through the use of sophisticated computer software as well as computers and tablets in the workplace.

“There is a wide variety of fields where court reporters can utilize their abilities,” ACC Court Reporting Director Bill Cranford said. “Their skill set is valuable to employers.”

ACC court reporting graduates are employed throughout the United States, and they have consistently posted among the highest certification rates in the State of Texas.

Becoming a court reporter requires a high degree of accuracy.  Reporters must be able to write 225 words per minute on a stenography machine with at least 95 percent accuracy in order to become a Certified Shorthand Reporter in the State of Texas.  Upon graduation from ACC, students are prepared to enter this exciting and rewarding career field.

“It is a very challenging profession and it requires a strong commitment to accuracy and detail,” Cranford said.

The outlook for the court reporting profession is impressive.  There is currently a shortage of reporters throughout the United States, and the U. S. Labor Department projects that court reporting jobs will grow by 10 percent over the next ten years.

According to the National Court Reporters Association, court reporters earn an average of $64,000 per year.  The U. S. Labor Department states that the Houston area has the sixth-highest employment rate for court reporters in the country.

ACC is one of four community colleges in Texas offering a degree in court reporting, and the program’s excellent reputation is recognized nationally.  ACC graduates are highly respected and are in demand in all areas of court reporting.

For more information about the program, visit www.alvincollege.edu/courtreporting or call 281.756.3757.

Industrial Design

As the petrochemical industry continues to expand in the Houston region, many industrial firms are seeking out ACC Industrial Design graduates.

Drafting is an important element to any type of production because the first step is determining whether a product design will work.

Before any product is made, whether a home appliance, a pipeline or an industrial component, it has to be drawn first.

“We look at drafting as a form of language,” Industrial Design Department Chair, James Langley said. “We create a set of drawings to show how something is built or manufactured. This can help visualize the product before being built or manufactured.”

Students in the program can learn a variety of basic computer drafting and design techniques including: an introduction to 2D & 3D; 3D model development; 3D printer basics and application; plus an introduction to the parametric software, SolidWorks.

The college works closely with industry partners to ensure that Industrial Design graduates have the skills they need to be competitive in the workforce.

“We do try to train the students to be flexible so they can transition into any company,” Langley said.

ACC offers free monthly workshops on the drafting software AutoCAD. The workshops begin with two-dimensional drawings and eventually shift into three-dimensional concepts.

“Many of the students in the workshop eventually enroll in ACC’s drafting program while some will begin using the software at home or on the job to make basic designs,” Langley said.

For more information about Industrial Design, visit www.alvincollege.edu/IndustrialDesignTechnology or call 281.756.3784.

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