Court ReportingAssociate in Applied Science (AAS)
The sight of someone hammering away on the oddly shaped keys of a stenograph machine tells you there is a court reporter in the room. It also signals a serious situation that demands a verbatim record of what is said. Because of their impartiality and role to safeguard the legal process, court reporters are considered important guardians of the record during pretrial and trial proceedings.
A Closer Look
Today’s court reporters use a computerized stenographic captioning machine and other high-tech equipment. After creating a shorthand record of every word spoken during a court or deposition proceeding, they prepare verbatim transcripts that become the official record. Using the latest technology, some court reporters also provide real-time access to what is being said during a trial or deposition for the benefit of all involved parties.
Far from being limited to working in the courts, court reporters now also find a wealth of professional opportunities in the fields of closed and real-time captioning services, webcasting, and Communications Access Realtime (CART) reporting.
What You'll Learn
Mid-State’s Court Reporting program trains students to create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. The program emphasizes speed, accuracy, and confidentiality.Core program courses are offered via video conference hosted by Lakeshore Technical College and are supported by select classes available in the Mid-State district. You’ll need to hear, speak, see, and use both hands to manipulate a computer keyboard and stenograph machine. This program is certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
- Court Reporter
- Freelance Reporter
- Legislative Reporter
The instructors in the Court Reporting program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!
Barbi earned her associate degree in court and conference reporting from Gogebic Community College. She is a registered professional reporter and certified reporting instructor. Barbi’s experience includes 16 years as a freelance court reporter and four years as an official court reporter. She maintains her skills and industry connections through ongoing memberships to the National Court Reporters Association and the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association.
“The placement rate for Court Reporter graduates is close to 100 percent, and that is just one of the many reasons I find teaching to be so rewarding.”
Jackie is a registered professional reporter and certified Realtime instructor with a bachelor’s degree in court reporting from Concordia University. Prior to becoming an instructor, she worked as a freelance reporter for 25 years. Jackie is currently a director on the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association board and very involved in the national association. She also co-chairs the student recruitment committee and helps to organizing the student portion of the annual state convention.
“I teach in this program because I love this profession and want to continue to promote, recruit, and teach future generations about a vital part of our judicial system. My enthusiasm shows in my teaching, and I encourage and support my students in every way possible.”
Program Information Guide
Note: This program has shared web-curriculum with Lakeshore Technical College
= Class is offered from Lakeshore Technical CollegeTotal Credits: 65