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Bloomfield College Announces Certificate Programs in Court Reporting

By Alicia Cook

Bloomfield College has announced the offering of two certificate programs in court reporting. Beginning in the fall of 2019, these stackable certificate programs will prepare students for careers in closed captioning and transcript writing (certificate one), and judicial court reporting (certificate two).

Bloomfield College will be the only institution in New Jersey to offer on-site court reporting instruction.

The Bloomfield College court reporting courses will be taught at Pillar College, the College’s partner site in Newark. Pillar, which has partnered with Bloomfield College on other academic initiatives, is easily accessible by car and public transportation, and is just steps away from the Superior Court House.

“Court reporting education is relevant to a multitude of employment opportunities that are lucrative and in-demand, within and outside traditional legal system work,” stated Dr. Greg Reid, Director of the program. “It represents an especially attractive educational option for career changers not necessarily interested in pursuing a four-year or graduate degree.” 

Court reporting, and related professions, deal with converting spoken word into standard, readable copy that can be searched and archived. Initial spoken word capture is done by a human, cryptically, via “machine shorthand.” The tool utilized for capture is a small machine with specialized keyboard that interfaces, via software, with a standard computer/laptop.

The court reporting program is in high demand both for legal proceedings and for video captioning. The National Court Reporters Association cites 5,500 job vacancies due to a lack of qualified applicants and an aging workforce (2018). More than 60% of people working as court reporters and captioners are making at least $60,000 annually, with salaries expected to increase by 14% through 2020.

Deadline to apply is August 1, and coursework will begin end of August. Admission to the program is contingent upon successful completion of a free, six-to-eight-week, “A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand” program delivered by National Court Reporters Association, either online or in selected ground locations.

For those interested, please visit the official webpage.