court reporting technology programs at Hinds

Court Reporting Technology

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The Court Reporting Technology program at Hinds Community College is designed to prepare students for careers in Judicial Realtime Reporting, CART providing, and Broadcast Captioning. Students may also use these skills in data entry and medical and legal transcription fields. Hinds CC has a 100% graduate certification and job placement rating. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics currently reports a 14% job growth through 2020.

Flexible and in-demand career opportunities

The opportunities in the reporting and captioning field are plentiful. Court and deposition reporters will continue to work within the legal community as it expands in the future, as well as develop their role as information processors and managers in the business and multimedia communities.

The Court Reporting Technology department at Hinds Community College uses the latest technology in realtime writing to instruct and guide students through their course of study. Students learn shorthand through a conflict-free system of theory, StenEd®. Our students have used myRealtime Coach® online dictation repository for practice and testing for the last five years and have been able to more successfully pass their national certification exam, which is now being administered in part through myRealtime Coach®. Students receive live, recorded and online dictation material. Students have the option of taking courses traditionally face-to-face, as hybrids, and online.

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Possible Degrees

Program Descriptions

Judicial Reporting

Judicial reporters capture the words spoken during proceeding by transcription to written form. The transcript helps safeguard everyone's rights in the legal process. When litigants want to exercise their right to appeal an unfavorable decision, they will rely on the transcript to provide an accurate record of what transpired during their case.

Judicial reporters use computers and a specialized machine called a stenotype to do their job. The stenotype enables reporters to write words by their sound rather than how they are spelled by letter.

Entry-level pay as an official judicial reporter in Mississippi can be up to $42,500 with additional per-page fee for transcript requests.

Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART)

A Realtime Reporters' ability to transfer spoken words to readable text instantly enables them to provide specialized services to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Some CART providers work with students attending classes to translate lectures and classroom discussions. Others provide assistance via phone for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. This job may be performed on-site or remotely.

CART services are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the demand for CART services exceeds the capacity to provide them. CART providers earn between $35,000 to $65,000 per year, depending on the amount of services they provide.

Broadcast Captioning

Specially trained Realtime Reporters, called Broadcast Captioners, use technology to caption live television programs. This job allows the Deaf or hard-of-hearing to follow, understand, and enjoy TV programs as well as provide important information during weather disasters or national emergencies.

Broadcast Captioners can also work to caption radio, using their technology to simulcast talk shows, news and sports online so that the Deaf and hard-of-hearing can also receive the full text of the program's audio.

Broadcast Captioners can earn between $35,000 and $75,000 per year, depending on the experience and the number of hours worked.



Contact Information

Raymond Campus

Geanell Adams, RPR CRR CRI CP CMT, Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator