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Program Manager: Gary Shaw
Office Phone Number: (661) 387-1055
Cell Number: (661) 477-4922
STARTS JANUARY 21, 2020
If you are interested in the Court Reporting program, please contact:
(661) 387-1055, EXT 215 (OFFICE)
(661) 477-4922 (CELL)
for further information
Court reporters, also called shorthand reporters, use a stenotype machine to record verbatim notes of court proceedings, depositions, hearings and meetings. From these notes they produce accurate transcripts.
Court reporters report civil and criminal trials; freelance reporters report depositions, arbitrations, business and convention sessions.
Most reporters now use computer-aided transcription (CAT) where a digital record can be made on a disk or memory unit in addition to the standard paper tape. This technology allows a translation of steno notes almost instantaneously, which, in turn, provides useful technological support and service to court systems and attorneys.
Interested individuals must be high school graduates (diploma or GED) and be able to type on a keyboard at least 35 words per minute (wpm).
The first class taken in sequence for Court Reporting is Theory. The Theory class is a structured course where students will learn how to write words in the English language using strokes on the steno machine. Students should be able to write between 40 and 60 wpm in steno at the completion of the course.
Upon successfully completing the Theory class, students will start Speed Building. The Speed-Building courses are typically offered year-round. The goal is to reach a speed of 225 to 240 wpm and qualify to take the State examinations.
In order to qualify to take the State of California licensing tests, students must meet certain specific academic and skill-building hours through the Taft College at WESTEC court reporting program.
In order to become eligible to take the state licensing examinations for certified shorthand reporters, students must meet the following requirements -
Requirement Hours Needed
Transcript Procedures 25
Resource Materials 5
Academic Hours 660
Transcription Hours 2300
The above requirements can be met through taking certain academic (i.e. English, Business Law, Anatomy, etc) classes and core court reporting courses
Must-Type Homework Instructions
Welcome to the Taft College at WESTEC Court Reporting School Spring 2020 semester. One of your main responsibilities as a student is your homework. You are required to complete Must-Type homework each week, with the exception of a few weeks which are noted on the Homework Schedule available online. Please note the following with regards to the Must-Type Homework:
· FOR 60-120 STUDENTS:You must turn in three Must-Types a week. One “Jury Charge”, one “Lit”, and one “2-Voice”. They all must be five minutes each. You can use material that a reader has read or use a test that has been read. If you use a test, it must be written up at school. Tests are not to leave the campus.
· FOR 140-200 STUDENTS: You may turn in a “Lit” and a “Jury Charge” as must types, but you must have one of each. They must be five minutes long and at your current speed; OR you may turn in one 10-minute “4-Voice”. Notes must also be turned in with your must-types to get credit. NO EXCEPTIONS!
For every 4 consecutive “4-Voices” turned in, you will get a free week of Must-Types. If you use a test as a Must-Type, you must write the Must-Type up at school. Tests are not to leave the campus.
· Must-Types must be quality work. While I don’t expect them to be perfect, content-wise, I do expect the transcript to reflect your notes, as well as punctuated correctly, spell-checked, and as accurate as possible.
· With EVERY Must-Type that is turned in, it must be stapled to a completely filled out cover sheet.
If a Must-Type is turned in without a cover sheet, it will be handed back to the student in order to make it complete. The ONLY exception will be Must-Types that are tests (passed or non-passing) with a test cover sheet attached to it.
· Case CATalyst is to be used for Must-type homework unless you don’t have the program yet or have not been trained how to use it.
· Homework is due every Thursday. If you are absent on the day that homework is due, you MUST turn it in the day you return to school in order to receive full credit. You may turn it in after your first day back for 50% credit up to and including the day that the next homework assignments become due, which would be the following Thursday. After that, you will receive 0% credit.
· If there are any issues, concerns, or questions, please feel free to come talk to me.
Sam Overton -- Room 9
DATE:November 15, 2019PLACE:DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento CA 95815FOR RESERVATIONS:Click on the following link: https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RLSA-DT-CRB-20191113/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Or call (800) 222-TREE, or 916-929-8855;
Ask for reservations and reference group code “CRB” or Court Reporters Board of California with a room rate of $95.00. Reservations must be made by October 17, 2019, to receive special rate.
FINAL FILING DATE:October 16, 2019
MUST BE U.S. POSTMARKED (No exceptions)
NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED INTO THE EXAMINATION WITHOUT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION AND THEIR FINAL NOTICE OF EXAMINATION WITH A PASSPORT TYPE PHOTO ATTACHED.
CHECK OUT THE STUDENT BROCHURE FROM THE CALIFORNIA COURT REPORTERS BOARD