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CCR Student Shines as October's Alumni Spotlight

Josh Foley

  1. Where do you currently reside (city,state)?
    Right now I’m in Denver, CO but am moving to Washington, DC at the end of October.
  2. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?
    I was looking for a new career and happened to find CCR while I was searching online.
  3. What did you do before court reporting school (other jobs, schools, etc.)?
    I was a flight attendant seven years while in school. I was fortunate to take advantage of the travel benefits, but I sure don’t miss the job. Before that I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish.
  4. What date did you start court reporting school?
    February 4, 2008. I finished January 28, 2011.
  5. What made you choose CCR?
    Due to my job being a flight attendant, onsite wasn’t an option. I was very impressed with CCR when looking at schools, so it was an easy decision to make. I’m glad I did!
  6. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    I think I’m a good writer and do a good job; however, I’m a huge procrastinator and often put off things longer than I should. I’d like to be more organized too.
  7. What was your biggest challenge?
    School was definitely difficult, especially getting through the high speeds, but it’s definitely a tie between finishing school and starting to actually work.
  8. What motivated you to complete the program?
    I think the SAPs (minute by minute tests) couldn’t have come at a better time. Testing minute by minute definitely helped motivate me. Also just the fact I wanted to be done with it. When that happened I really went for it, stopped making excuses, and made it happen.
  9. What advice would you give to other court reporting students?
    Get out of your comfort zone, get something for everything, and aggressively speedbuild. Speedbuilding is not supposed to be a pleasant experience! If all you do is write at controlled speeds and straight copy, you won’t gain speed.
  10. Do you currently have a job? If yes, what do you do?
    I’ve been a captioner for over a year, but I’ll be doing full-time CART in Washington DC for local and federal government as well as for classes, meetings, and seminars. I’ll still continue to caption part time.
  11. How did you find your current job?
    Through networking at a NCRA convention.
  12. What are your future plans? What certifications do you plan on earning?
    I plan on staying in Washington DC and continuing to do full-time CART. I plan on getting my CCP, CBC, and finishing the last leg of the RPR.
  13. Are you a member of any associations? If so, which associations? If not, do you plan on joining any associations? If so, which associations?
    NCRA. I’ll be joining the local association in Washington DC as well.
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CCR Student Earns Scholarship

Hobart, IN -- College of Court Reporting would like to congratulate Margaret Abernathy, a recent recipient of a Indiana Shorthand Reporters Association Scholarship. The funds were awarded during the convention which took place Saturday, September 28th. In order to receive this award, the students had to submit an essay to the board. This year the scholarship was split between two entries. Congratulations, Margaret! We are proud of you!

If you are interested in more information regarding the ISRA, then please click below and visit their website!

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We have made it to round 2! Yes, the second round of the Intuit, Small Business Big Game, contest! This is very exciting!! After this round, the field narrows to 20 businesses.

We have an opportunity to run a 30 second commercial during the Super Bowl in 2014! Click on the link below and vote for us! By doing so, you will help us continue our efforts to make dreams come true!

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CCR Student Shines as September's Graduate Spotlight

Abigail Guerra

  1. Where do you currently reside (city,state)?
    Houston, Texas.
  2. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?
    I was the secret nerd in school that loved typing, and when I saw a commercial for court reporting, it was love at first sight.
  3. What did you do before court reporting school (other jobs, schools, etc.)?
    I worked in fast food and banking/financial.
  4. What date did you start court reporting school?
    April of 2006.
  5. What made you choose CCR?
    My brick-and-mortar school was having a lot of administrative changes and I just didn’t feel they cared about developing a beneficial court reporting program for night students. I had heard about CCR for a while, but didn’t want to make the change. When I discovered that the disdain for my current school was affecting my progress, I went ahead and made the switch. I just wish I had done it sooner.
  6. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    My strength and weakness are one in the same, I’m so anal and a Type A personality. You can’t be perfect all the time.
  7. What was your biggest challenge?
    Believing that I could actually be a court reporter.
  8. What motivated you to complete the program?
    CCR, my family, and Eric “ETthehiphoppreacher” Thomas.
  9. What advice would you give to other court reporting students?
    This is my favorite quote from Eric Thomas: "When you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful."
  10. Do you currently have a job? If yes, what do you do?
    Yes. COURT REPORTER!
  11. How did you find your current job?
    Networking and I worked at a court reporting firm prior to attaining my CSR.
  12. What are your future plans? What certifications do you plan on earning?
    I want to get the final leg of my RPR in November, and I’m currently working on cleaning up my dictionary to become a certified realtime reporter in a year-and-a-half.
  13. Are you a member of any associations? If so, which associations? If not, do you plan on joining any associations? If so, which associations?
    I’m a member of NCRA, HCRA (Houston Court Reporters Association, and TCRA (Texas Court Reporters Association).
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Hobart, IN--Last fall, College of Court Reporting (CCR) was one of four colleges in the nation to receive a U.S. Department of Education's "Training for Realtime Writers" grant. CCR will use grant funds to train and place students in the field to help meet the national demand for qualified court reporters and realtime writers. In addition, CCR will also grant 14 scholarships for students with disabilities to use in order to purchase specialized software and equipment.

The scholarships amounts are up to $5,000 for each blind student to use to purchase specialized software and equipment. Earlier this year, CCR awarded $5,000 to one of its qualified students. In total, up to $75,000 will be awarded to qualified students. Because people with disabilities have an extremely low employment rate and live at or below poverty levels in comparison to people without disabilities, we are very proud to offer this award to assist these students. Many people with disabilities cannot afford specialized software and equipment. By providing seed money to help them enroll, CCR expects to enroll and place more students with disabilities.

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Hobart, IN--College of Court Reporting (CCR) is proud to announce that one of its very own students is the recipient of the National Court Reporting Foundation’s 2013 Frank Sarli Scholarship. In order to receive this scholarship, the nominee must have met a specific list of criteria and, according to the NCRF website, “must possess all the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including professional attitude, demeanor, dress and motivation.” In 2013, the winning nominee is Justine Kiechel.

Justine is an online student from Pennsylvania. She learned the Moody Method theory of computerized machine shorthand in CCR’s Fall 2010 semester and is now writing at 225 words per minute. With just a few requirements left to complete before graduation, Justine has already demonstrated that she will represent the college and the profession well in the working world.

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  1. Where do you currently reside?

    Brandon, South Dakota
  2. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?

    I had a representative of the local court reporting school come and visit my business class in 7th grade. My business teacher always said to me “there’s my court reporter." She saw something in me that I didn’t. Then when the representative came, I saw what she saw and since the 7th grade I knew I would be a court reporter.
  3. What did you do before court reporting school?

    I worked for the clerk of courts office in the circuit in which I still work.
  4. What date did you start court reporting school?

    I actually started court reporting school twice. You don’t want to do that…hear me out… I started the first time right out of high school. When I was in the 200s class, my school closed. I transferred to another school that was going to complete a teach out, only never followed through with their plans. I was young, a newlywed, and dumb. I sold all of my court reporting equipment which became the leather furniture in my living room (because that seemed more important at the time). I got a job at the Clerk of Courts Office in my local county . Although I liked it, it wasn’t my dream that I had since the 7th grade. Five years later, there was a court reporting position open in my county. The court administrator asked me what it would take me to go back. I advised him it wouldn’t take much and it’s always been in the back of my head. He had found CCR online and suggested I check it out. I went home and talked to my husband and was enrolled at CCR the next day in 2007.
  5. What made you choose CCR?

    As noted above, the court administrator in my circuit was the one who found CCR. Evidently, he must have seen it in me that I was meant to be a court reporter as well.
  6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

    I think my biggest weakness turned into my biggest strength. When I was “young and dumb” I let it all slip away. Five years later, I completed the same amount of credits in half of the time I did the first time around of schooling and this time I was married, had two kids, and worked a full-time job. =)
  7. What was your biggest challenge?

    I’m not going to lie, school wasn’t easy. You know that as well as I do. The second time around, I was married, worked full-time, went to school full-time, and was a parent to two kids (and those of you who are parents know that’s also a full-time job). Together, those things were a challenge, but with the help of my husband who became the husband, wife, mom, and dad, I was able to accomplish my goal.
  8. What motivated you to complete the program?

    My mom was my biggest cheerleader. She kept me going through everything. There were a few times she needed to give me the nudge that I COULD do this.

    My husband was also amazing. Without him, I could have never finished.

    My kids also kept me going. I knew that when we got through this and Mom graduated, that I would earn a better living and be able to provide better for them.
  9. What advice would you give to other court reporting students?

    DON’T GIVE UP!!! You may think every door has closed, when in actuality, there’s no such thing. CCR has an incredible support system and if you had this dream of being a court reporter once-upon-a-time, you should NEVER let it go.
  10. Do you currently have a job? If yes, what do you do?

    I am an official court reporter for the Second Judicial Circuit in South Dakota.
  11. How did you find your current job?

    I worked in the clerk’s office for the county in which I am now a reporter. I slipped right into my current position upon graduation.
  12. What are your future plans? What certifications do you plan on earning?

    My mom always said “education is never a waste." I am a firm believer in that. I wish to continue to take and pass as many NCRA accredited exams as I possibly can. I would LOVE to teach as well. There were so many people to support me on the way, now it’s my turn to support them!!
  13. Are you a member of any associations? If so, which associations?

    I am member of NCRA as well as SDCRA. I just finished my term as President-Elect and was sworn in as president last month at our convention. I will serve as president for 2013-2015 and past president for the term of 2015-2017.
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1. Where do you currently reside?

Tampa, Florida.

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1. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?

I saw commercials for the Court Reporting Institute of Dallas on TV. I liked the idea of having a flexible schedule and the ability to be your own boss. I also liked the fact that I wouldn’t have to take two years of basics like I would in university.

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Hobart, IN---College of Court Reporting is pleased to announce the appointment of Dylan Bush, Marketing and Technology Officer.

“This position is a continuation of our philosophy to meet the day-to-day needs of our students relating to the ever changing technology in education,” says Jeff Moody, President of College of Court Reporting. We believe hiring Mr. Bush into this critical position will assist CCR in continuing to improve our current education programs as well as its soon-to-be announced educational model. This new approach will forever change how court reporting education will be delivered.”

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Jade started with CCR in Theory learning the Moody Method in September 2009. Jade graduated in February 2013 after 10 semesters. She currently works as an Official Court Reporter in Illinois.

  1. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?
    I decided to pursue court reporting school after a high school teacher recommended the profession. I exceled with typing on the computer keyboard, and she thought this would be a great career path for me. She arranged for a representative from a local court reporting college to meet with me, and it was after this meeting that I was confident with my career choice.
  2. What did you do before court reporting school? (other jobs, schools, etc.)
    Throughout my high school years, I waitressed at a small restaurant and worked as a receptionist at a tanning salon. I continued waitressing throughout my attendance at CCR. Towards the end of my court reporting education, I accepted a job as a legal secretary at law firm.
  3. What date did you start court reporting school?
    I began court reporting school during the start of the College of Court Reporting’s fall semester in 2009. I believe this was in September.
  4. What made you choose CCR?
    I was enrolled and planned to start at Sparks Business College in Shelbyville, Illinois in August of 2009. A week before I was scheduled to begin my classes, I received a phone call informing me that the school was closing. However, they were kind enough to offer recommendations to other court reporting schools. After reviewing two online programs, I decided to choose CCR.
  5. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    I believe one of my strengths is my tenacity. Although there were several times that I wanted to give up, I would never allow myself to do so. Also, I am a positive person. This optimism helped to get me through the rough patches in my education. To get a little more steno specific, I believe I am good with briefs. I can make connections quickly and easily, which is very helpful when making briefs on the fly. My weakness throughout school was completing enough practice hours. Now that I am a working reporter, I have found that my biggest weakness is speaking up. Judges and attorneys are very intimidating, and this makes interruptions very difficult.
  6. What was your biggest challenge?
    Without a doubt, my biggest challenge was definitely making myself practice. As an online student, I believe this became an even bigger issue. No one really knew if I spent the required amount of time on my machine. I was completely liable for my practice schedule. I was not very good with practicing in the beginning of my schooling. However, I am proud to say that I am better with this now. There is absolutely no way around this; court reporters must practice. What we learn is a skill and must be used often.
  7. What motivated you to complete the program?
    While I give those closest to me a lot of credit for their support during my education, I believe my biggest form of motivation came from within myself. I struggled more towards the beginning of the program than towards the end. Once I realized that I was the only one responsible for my lack of improvement, I was able to buckle down and get serious about speedbuilding. I knew what I wanted, and I knew what I had to do to get it done in the quickest time possible: practice, practice, practice! People often say that court reporters all share common personality traits. I believe this is what sets us apart from everyone else. We possess the determination and drive it takes to complete such a demanding program.
  8. What advice would you give to other court reporting students?
    The best piece of advice I can offer is to stick with it. No one really knows what a court reporter goes through unless he/she is a reporter or is training to be a reporter. There were many times during my schooling that I literally could not see myself accomplishing my goal. Although it is tough to work at something that seems so far away, the feelings of accomplishment and success at the end justify all of the long hours spent on the machine.
  9. Do you currently have a job? If yes, what do you do?
    Yes, I do. I am an Official Court Reporter for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Illinois. I work in Decatur, Macon County. For the first six months of my career, I have been assigned to a control room and am in charge of monitoring the digital recording system throughout the ten courtrooms. After I am well acquainted with the court procedures and my six months are up, I will be put in a rotation with the other court reporters.
  10. How did you find your current job?
    In my state, Illinois, it is possible to work as an official reporter before passing the CSR. This becomes possible after the reporter passes the A Exam, which is dictated at slower speeds than the CSR. The reporter can only take the A Exam once he/she has been offered a position as an official reporter. Once the reporter has passed this exam, he/she works with a restricted license. This means that he/she can report for any courthouse that utilizes a digital recording system as a form of back up. I was unaware of this procedure until my mentor made the suggestion during my internship. She thought it would be a good idea for me to apply to several courthouses in our area that were hiring. At my first interview, I ended up meeting a nice girl named Jaclyn. She later advised me that her courthouse, Macon County, was looking to hire a new reporter. I applied for the position, interviewed, and then passed my A Exam before beginning my new job on October 1, 2012.
  11. What are your future plans? What certifications do you plan on earning?
    Since the beginning of my education, I have viewed the position of an official reporter as my ultimate goal. I was and still am completely astounded that this happened so quickly for me. I plan to work as an official until my retirement. Because there are pay raises for realtime certification, I would like to obtain this as well. I have not yet passed the skills portions of the CSR, so that is first on my list. I am scheduled for the April exam, so I hope to see positive results then! In addition to the CSR, I plan on acquiring the RPR. After the RPR, I want to try for the CRR.
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College of Court Reporting would like to congratulate nine alumni who are Professional Scholarship recipients. The funds were made available through a grant from the US Department of Education's Training for Realtime Writers (TRTW) program. Way to go grads!

Here’s how some of them are going to use the money:

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Hobart, IN---The College of Court Reporting (CCR) recently participated in National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, a grassroots effort to raise awareness about the professions of court reporting and broadcast captioning. One way that professionals were able to show how invaluable court reporting is to our country was to contribute their skills to the Veteran’s History Project. Reporters all across the country have banded together for over 12 years to produce transcripts of the oral histories of our veterans. Deborah Cohen-Rojas, a CCR graduate, was one of those reporters who volunteered her abilities.

In a recent news broadcast on WGN Chicago, Deb can be seen writing on her steno machine to the sound of a former soldier’s legacy. She then produced a transcript that was uploaded to the Veteran’s History Project website. This flawless record of personal histories might have otherwise been lost. There are now over 85,000 oral histories preserved by the Library of Congress, courtesy of court reporters much like Deb.

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CCR students (onsite AND online), faculty, and staff - DON'T FORGET SPIRIT WEEK STARTING MONDAY!!!!

Take a picture of yourself and post it here on our CCR Facebook page. Whoever gets the most likes each day for their themed costume, gets a prize!!! The days are as follows:

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NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONING WEEK – FEBRUARY 17-23
College of Court Reporting to join nationwide effort to recognize professionals, career opportunities in stenographic court reporting, and captioning

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Hobart, IN--This fall, College of Court Reporting (CCR) was one of four colleges in the nation to receive a U.S. Department of Education's "Training for Realtime Writers" grant. CCR will use grant funds to train and place students in the field to help meet the national demand for qualified court reporters and realtime writers.

With this grant of $300,000, CCR's first phase of spending will come in the form of scholarships for 36 of their currently enrolled court reporting students. The 36 students receiving awards were selected through a scholarship competition.

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Since I’ve been at CCR, I have overcome many challenges. The most important and significant challenges I’ve overcome are my stagnant speed, inadequate motivation, and limited skill set. I was at another school and struggling in each of these areas, but within a very short amount of time, I started seeing noticeable differences manifesting in each.

First, I was experiencing a plateau while working on my 100s. After I started at CCR, attended live speedbuilding classes, listened to recorded speedbuilding classes, and used ev360, my speed increased considerably. I passed 19 SAPs the first month, 7 SAPs the second month, and 4 SAPs the third month. I suddenly found myself writing at 140 words per minute. Shortly thereafter, I passed another SAP at 160 words per minute. Not only did I break through that plateau, I exploded through it!

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Moodle makes it easy to keep track of your course’s online discussions by using email notifications.  However, improper settings can result in too many emails.  This handout will show you how to control these notifications, and keep your inbox uncluttered.

There are two places where you need to keep track of your settings: your personal profile settings that control settings for all of your classes and individual forums you want to follow.

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People frequently ask: How did I start a school with three students in my home, and how did it become the best court reporting program in the country? The answer is that it was not planned, it just happened. Although the College of Court Reporting officially became a school in 1984, the beginning goes back a few years before that.

When I was in high school, my dad insisted that I learn Gregg shorthand. I was so fascinated with it that I decided to work as secretary when I graduated; but after a year, I felt I wanted more education and went to Indiana University where I graduated with a bachelor's degree, majoring in vocational education and English. I taught high school for a few years while my husband was in law school. After he finished school and began practicing, I stayed home until 1976 when our youngest child went to school. I didn't want to return to teach high school; and my husband, a state court judge at that time, brought home a little machine -- something his court reporter used that was a form of shorthand. Wow! I was impressed. I had always loved shorthand and typing and "machine steno" looked fascinating; therefore, I immediately enrolled in a local court reporting school.

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Hobart, IN--- Each year the Illinois Court Reporters Association holds a scholarship essay contest. The author of the first place essay receives a $1,000 scholarship, and the authors of the second and third place essays receive $500 and $300 scholarships. To apply, students are required to submit a one-page essay on “Court Reporting School: My Own Survival Guide.” The College of Court Reporting is pleased to announce that the 2012 first and second place award recipients are College of Court Reporting students Shannon Barnes and Susan Kemph.

Ms. Barnes enrolled with the College of Court Reporting in our Summer 2010 semester after completing an Associate’s degree in Business. She learned the Moody Method steno theory as a new student and was writing at 120 words per minute within the first year of her court reporting education. Ms. Barnes is a perennial honor student and has been nominated on several occasions for the Student of the Month distinction. Her instructors never run out of positive things to say about her work ethic and drive to become a court reporter. The first place award certainly found an appropriate recipient in Ms. Barnes as she is most deserving.

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