Courtrooms across the country are in need of highly-trained court reporters to record the activities during legal proceedings.
“The court reporter serves a vital role in the legal field,” said Micki Kincaide, ACC Court Reporting Chair. “They are responsible for taking down the true record of what happens in court trials, in depositions and judicial hearings.”
Court reporters convert the spoken word into information that can be read, searched, and archived. There are several career paths for reporters, such as broadcast captioning and realtime translation services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Reporters accomplish this through the use of sophisticated software and using computers and tablets in the workplace.
“This skill set is highly valuable to employers in many different fields,” Kincaide said.
ACC court reporting students consistently post among the highest certification rates in the State of Texas. These graduates are employed throughout the United States. All five students from the ACC Court Reporting program who took the recent license exam from the Texas Court Reporters Certification Board posted a 100 percent pass rate. ACC students who received their license include Amy Caillouet, of Alvin; Haleigh Nava, of Spring; Michelle Rodriguez, of Houston; Joanna Sagastisado, of Houston and Ehdi Sepulveda, of Katy.
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, you are prepared to enter this exciting and rewarding career.
The court reporting profession has a strong job outlook. Due to a shortage of reporters throughout the United States and Texas, the U. S. Labor Department projects that court reporting jobs will grow by 10 percent over the next ten years and states that the Houston area has the sixth-highest employment for court reporters in the country.
According to the National Court Reporters Association, court reporters earn an average of $64,000 per year.
ACC is one of four community colleges in Texas offering a degree in court reporting and is the only college in the state of Texas to have a nationally accredited program.
ACC graduates are highly respected and are in demand in all areas of court reporting.
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