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Upon successful completion of the voice captioning certificate program, a student is educated to work as a voice captioner or communication access realtime translation (CART) reporter.

Program Information

  • Academic Level: Undergraduate
  • Academic Credential: Certificate
  • Delivery: Online and Onsite
  • Length of Program: 4 semesters
  • Normal Time Frame to Complete: 16 months
  • Maximum Time Frame to Complete: 24 months
  • Credit Hours: 46
  • Accepts Transfer of Credit: Yes

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a certificate in voice-to-text captioning, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn 46 hours of credit for voice-to-text speed development and other specified courses.  The student must complete the following specific requirements:
    • Pass three 5-minute dictation tests from unfamiliar material with at least 98 percent realtime accuracy in the following categories: three 180 literary tests and three 200 multi-voice tests;
    • Transcribe a simulated Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) test at 180-200 words per minute for five minutes;
    • Complete an internship consisting of 60 actual hours of supervised voice-to-text captioning;
    • Pass Court Reporting English, Introduction to Captioning, Computer Aided Translation for Captioning, Captioning Processes and Development, Broadcast Captioning, Culture & Society, Modern History, and complete the captioning internship.
  2. Students who repeat a VT (voice-to-text skill-building) course or exceed the standard time frame may be required to take remedial courses or electives each semester. Recommended electives are:  Captioning courses, Machine Shorthand electives, or additional English\communications courses.
  3. Students must achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all courses completed.

Suggested Schedule

A sample schedule is as follows:

4 Semesters -- 46 Credit Hours
(Courses identified as General Education are indicated with an asterisk.)

Semester 1:  Credits
CR100 - Court Reporting English 3
CR110 - Introduction to Realtime Technology 3
VT100 - Computerized Voice-to-Text Theory 6
Total Credits 12

Semester 2:  Credits
*C260 - Modern History 3
TE201_VC - Introduction to Voice Captioning 3
VT120 - Computerized Voice-to-Text Speed Development 1 6
Total Credits 12

Semester 3:  Credits
*C160 - Culture & Society 3
TE202 - Captioning Processes and Development 3
VT130 - Computerized Voice-to-Text Speed Development 2 6
Total Credits 12

Semester 4:  Credits
TE300 - Broadcast Captioning 3
VT200 - Computerized Voice-to-Text Speed Development 3 6
Elective (Choose from C150, CR110, CR120, or CR210) 3
VT290 - Captioning Internship 1
Total Credits 13

Course Descriptions

The Voice Captioning program is for former court reporting students who have not been enrolled at CCR for a minimum of one semester.  Enrollment in this program is limited and requires that former CCR students be in good academic standing in order to transfer into this program.

 
VT100 - Computerized Voice-to-Text Theory 6 Credits
This course covers voice-to-text theory and develops the foundation for voice writing. The student will focus on how to speak properly and learn how to develop and establish a consistent voice in order to improve speech recognition.Students will learn to speak at 80 wpm with 98 realtime accuracy. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy, and knowledge. Prerequisite: None.
 
VT120 - Computerized Voice-to-Text Speed Development 1 6 Credits
Students will continue to develop their voice-to-text speech and technology skills. They will be in a minimum of 12 hours of live dictation in literary and multi-voice speedbuilding dictation each week. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy, weekly evaluations, and punctuation grades on dictation tests. They should pass at least one five-minute dictation test with 98 percent realtime accuracy or better at a minimum of 120 words per minute. Prerequisites: VT100 and CR110.
 
VT130 - Computerized Voice-to-Text Speed Development 2 6 Credits

Students will continue to develop their voice-to-text speech and technology skills. They will be in a minimum of 12 hours of live dictation in literary and multi-voice speedbuilding dictation each week. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy, weekly evaluations, and punctuation grades on dictation tests. They should pass at least one five-minute dictation test with 98 percent realtime accuracy or better at a minimum of 160 words per minute. Prerequisite: VT120.

 
VT200 - Computerized Voice-to-Text Speed Development 3 6 Credits
During the final semester, students will continue to develop their voice-to-text speech and technology skills and complete all graduation requirements. They will be in a minimum of 12 hours of live dictation in literary and multi-voice speedbuilding dictation each week. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy, weekly evaluations, and punctuation grades on dictation tests. They should pass at least three five-minute dictation tests with 98 percent realtime accuracy or better at a minimum of 180 words per minute in literary and at least three five-minute dictation tests with 98 percent realtime accuracy or better at a minimum of 200 words per minute in multi voice. Prerequisite: VT130.
 
VT290 - Captioning Internship 1 Credit

Students begin an on-the-job internship and spend 60 hours of actual time under supervision that will include 30 hours of research and dictionary preparation and 30 hours of voice-to-text-captioning. Interns will apply all aspects of captioning and producing captions as a broadcast captioner. Students will submit two unedited financial calls of totaling one hour or unedited realtime captioned translation of five hours in each of the following categories: financial calls, television, and government meetings which will be reviewed and graded by the instructor. Prerequisites: TE202-VC and VT130.

 
CR100 - Court Reporting of Realtime English 3 Credits
This is a course that focuses on the application of punctuation, grammar, spelling, capitalization, vocabulary development, and number usage within the context of the spoken English language and proofreading of printed dictated material. Prerequisite: none.
 
CR110 - Introduction to Realtime Technology 3 Credits
This is a course that introduces students to computer-aided transcription (CAT). Students will learn how to use CAT software and the basics functions that will allow them to use realtime technology. Students discuss video applications for court reporters, realtime transcribing, and the latest technological advances in court reporting including an overview in litigation support and its role in the judicial process. Prerequisite: none.
 
CR120 - Court Reporting Processes and Development 3 Credits

This is a course that prepares students to work as a court reporter. Students will work through a project book learning all aspects of preparing legal documents and transcripts for depositions, trials, hearings, and statements. They will learn how to transcribe multi-voice dictation using various acceptable forms. They will understand their role in the judicial process and learn the difference between reporting trials, depositions, statements, and hearings. They will learn to interrupt a speaker, various oaths for swearing a witness, research citations, report voir dire, set up a library and use reference materials, study the NCRA Code of Ethics, report on interpreted proceedings, certified questions, and prepare a deposition transcript.

Students will transcribe ten pages of transcript in two hours with 95 percent accuracy involving multiple speakers. They will discuss the profession and related job opportunities.

Students will create a formbook which includes various title pages, indexes, and certificates from various freelance and official reporters. Students will review legal terminologies and have quizzes over legal words, which have been assigned. Prerequisites: SH110, CR100, and CR110.

 
CR210 - Technology 1 3 Credits
Students will learn to operate and write for the computer using the computerized writer, read, translate, edit, and print transcript material on CAT; create and use permanent and job dictionaries; create and use title pages and certificate pages, etc.; perform editing and utilities function; and understand computer terminology. Students will learn to maintain the computer, understand computer realtime and online translations. Prerequisites: T210 and SH130 or CR110, CR120, and SH110.
 
C160 - Culture and Society 3 Credits

As portrayed in the title of this course, the focus is on culture and society as a constant awareness process.  Students will gain a theoretical framework of culture and society by using a variety of research techniques.  This course is designed to aid the students in the development of the challenges in critical thinking and the knowledge of various aspects of society.  Topics may vary according to current trends and present-day news, but they will include issues involving sports, entertainment, meteorology, and fine arts.  Prerequisite:  None.

 
C260 - Modern History 3 Credits

Using periodicals, newspapers, and related reading assignments, students develop the challenges of critical thinking and the knowledge of current events and modern history.  They will also learn to apply a variety of research techniques, including the use of the Internet as a research tool.  Topics may vary according to current trends and present-day news, but they will include issues involving international, national, state, and local governments, politics, events, economics, and business.  Prerequisite:  None.

 
TE201_VC - Introduction to Voice Captioning 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to impart the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified realtime closed captioner.  Prerequisite: CR110 for voice-to-text captioning or CR210 and completion of 5-minute 120 wpm requirements for court reporting.

 
TE202 - Captioning Processes and Development 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to impart the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified realtime closed captioner.  The focus of this course will be on tools of the trade, computer skills, trouble management, and pre- and post-test banks.  Prerequisite:  TE201 or TE201-VC.

 
TE300 - Broadcast Captioning 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to impart the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified realtime captioner. The focus of this course will be on completing the necessary requirements to become a qualified realtime captioner. This course will be updated to use the latest captioning technology and to meet the requirements of the National Court Reporters Association, the National Verbatim Reporters Association, and the standards of the captioning industry. Coursework can be completed as independent study with written authorization from the college.  Prerequisites: TE201 or TE201-VC (for Voice Captioning program).

 

Consumer Information

The U.S. Department of Education requires that the College of Court Reporting provide the following consumer information for the Voice Captioning Certificate program:

SCHOOL CODE:
OPEID (6-digit)
026158

PROGRAM NAME AND LENGTH:
Dept of Education 6-digit CIP for program
Court Reporting: 22.0303 Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other.: 10.0299
Name of program, if different than CIP program description provided above:
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other.: 10.0299—Voice Captioning
Select the credential level for this program:
Voice Captioning - Certificate
Enter the program length:
Voice Captioning - 16 months

RELATED OCCUPATIONS:
Occupations for which this program prepares students
www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/
Court Reporting: 22.0303 Court Reporting/Court Reporter
23-2091.00 Court Reporters—CIP-SOC: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2091.00

Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other.: 10.0299 (Voice Captioning) Court Reporting/Court Reporter
23-2091.00 Court Reporters—CIP-SOC: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2091.00

COST:
Enter the total tuition and required fees for the entire program completed in normal time:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: Voice Captioning Certificate—$18,400
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: Voice Captioning Certificate—$18,400
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: Voice Captioning Certificate—$18,400
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: Voice Captioning Certificate—$18,400
   
   
Enter the total estimated costs for books and supplies for the entire program:
Voice Captioning—$2315
Enter the total annual room and board charges for living on campus:
Voice Captioning—N/A

DEBT AT PROGRAM COMPLETION FOR TUITION, BOOKS, AND RELATED FEES (REPORTED TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 11
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: 8
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: 17
   
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 5
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: 3
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: 10
   
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $3,850
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $3,500
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $6,600
   
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $3,850
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $3,500
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $6,600
   
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $0
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $0
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $0
   
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $0
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $0
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $0

PROGRAM COMPLETION IN NORMAL TIME:
Enter the normal time in months to complete program as published in your institution catalog:
Voice Captioning Certificate—16 months
Of the group of students completing the program between the respective reporting periods, the number who completed the program within the normal time reported above:
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 11
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: 8
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: 17
 

JOB PLACEMENT - As reported to Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Annual Institutional Report (AIR) or Updated Since Reporting Deadlines
Placement Requirements:
Prospective Students Must Contact His or Her State of Residence for Employment Eligibility and State Certification Requirements.
Enter the job placement rate for program completers:
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 100 percent
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: 100 percent
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: 80 percent
 

Tuition and Fees

There is a $50 application (registration) fee. We charge by the credit hour. All of our machine shorthand classes are six credit hours, our academics are three credit hours, and internships are one credit hour. We charge $375 per credit hour for onsite students and $225 per credit hour for onground students.  A monthly payment plan may be arranged whenever necessary. There is no service charge if tuition is paid monthly. A late charge may be assessed when payment is made past the due date. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover may be used for all payments. Financial Aid is also available to those who qualify.  A student's enrollment status is based on the number of credits that they are enrolled in per semester. The college defines the following based on credit hours enrolled:

  • 12 +    Credits   = Full-time
  • 9 to 11 Credits = Three-quarter time
  • 6 to 8  Credits   = Half-time
  • 1 to 5  Credits = Less than half-time

All tuition, books, and fees are due by the end of the fourth week of the semester. Students who cannot pay their tuition in full by the due date must make payment arrangements through a payment plan with the director of student services. There is no service charge if tuition is paid monthly. A late charge may be assessed when payment is made past the due date. Discover, Visa, and MasterCard may be used for all payments. A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment contract within six business days after the enrollment agreement is signed. After expiration of the six business days cancellation privilege, the school will retain the $50.00 registration fee.  A full refund will be made to any student who has not visited the college prior to enrollment, and, upon touring the institution or attending the regularly scheduled orientation/classes, the student withdrew from the program within three days.

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