Clark, Stark State colleges to offer free virtual orientation for Judicial Court Reporting program

Clark State College and Stark State College, in North Canton, Ohio, will offer a free virtual orientation for the online Judicial Court Reporting associate degree program. This is Instructor Robyn Hennigan with a Clark State student last year showing her how to use a stenographers machine for court reporting. Bill Lackey/Staff
Clark State College and Stark State College, in North Canton, Ohio, will offer a free virtual orientation for the online Judicial Court Reporting associate degree program. This is Instructor Robyn Hennigan with a Clark State student last year showing her how to use a stenographers machine for court reporting. Bill Lackey/Staff

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Clark State College in partnership with Stark State College will offer a free virtual orientation for the online Judicial Court Reporting associate degree program, according to a release from the school.

The virtual orientation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 on Zoom.

Robyn Hennigan, program coordinator and senior technical instructor at Clark State, and Rene Eneix, department chair and associate professor at Stark State will lead the orientation..

“This is an IT career with continuous learning at its foundation,” Hennigan said.

The two colleges have partnered for the last five years to offer the program, which is approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the release stated.

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“The program has succeeded in offering NCRA-created free A to Z program sessions in conjunction with OCRA, which introduces steno machine writing to individuals wanting to explore a possible career in court reporting, closed captioning, CART captioning or webcasting,” the release stated.

The colleges are also partnered with Project Steno to promote a stenographic court reporting/captioning profession through social media and community outreach. The project incentivizes students with one and two-year financial awards for meeting skill goals.

“The incentive program has helped to motivate students to build their skill and meet the program speed requirements,” Eneix said.

The program has had multiple students who have received financial awards from Project Steno.

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“With the demand being greater than the supply of these high-paying careers, the incentive program is important for the profession because students have even greater incentive to complete and start their profession,” Hennigan said.

The skill required for court reporting and captioning includes learning to write a real-time theory on a stenographic writing machine at a minimum speed of 225 words per minute at a minimum of 95% accuracy to provide instantaneous translation of the spoken word, according to Hennigan.

To join the virtual orientation, visit zoom.us/j/6717219266.

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