Court Reporting

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Court Reporting?

  • Are you an excellent listener with strong language and communication skills and a commitment to accuracy and confidentiality? If so, a career in court reporting may be the perfect fit.
  • Considered guardians of the record during pretrial and trial proceedings, court reporters enjoy work that is important and stimulating.
  • You may work in the courts, or consider a wealth of opportunities in closed and real-time captioning services, webcasting, and Communications Access Realtime (CART) reporting.
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.

Program Locations

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

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).

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $8,634.48
  • Books: $2,076.50
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $1,262.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,972.98

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program can be taken at Mid-State but is offered through a consortium agreement with Lakeshore Technical College. Complete your FAFSA using school code 0091949. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at Lakeshore for more information.

Please see the Court Reporting Program Information Guide for course information.

Instructors

BARBI GALARNO, AD

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 RUPNOW, RPR, CRI

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.”

Careers

  • Court Reporter
  • Freelance Reporter
  • Legislative Reporter
  • Scopist

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"The Court Reporting program gave me the knowledge to enter a highly-skilled field. This career has allowed me to challenge myself every day, and it continues to offer a variety of opportunities for me to pursue in the future.”

MICHELLE GUDEX
COURT REPORTING PROGRAM ‘02
HOWARDS GROVE, WI

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