All curricula were created to meet or exceed National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) standards set out by the Council on Approved Student Education (CASE). The Judicial Reporting/Broadcast Captioning/CART programs are approved by NCRA.
Upon graduation, students are ready to take the NCRA’s Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC) and/or Certified CART Provider (CCP) certification exams. These exams are offered twice per year in November and April.
ASL 1000 Deaf Studies/Culture (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce and help students understand the deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority group. The role of Deaf people in the larger society, political activism, laws, access to information, educational philosophies and methods, and communication systems will be introduced. Students wi ll learn the differences between Deaf; deaf, late - deaf, oral deaf, and hard of hearing. The course also examines the historical treatment of deaf people as well as educational influences, causes, and treatment of deafness. Students will learn about sign in terpreters, oral interpreters, and transliterators and how to hire an interpreter. (MN Transfer Goal 7) (3 Credits Lecture/0 Credits Lab)
JRBC 1400 Realtime Principles (2 credits)
This course teaches the basic to intermediate skills necessary to be a realtime reporter, including resolving conflicts, writing with prefixes and suffixes, resolving word boundary issues, learning three realtime alphabets, writing clean numbers, work ing with job dictionaries , and dictionary maintenance. Students will prepare to take the CPR exam. Students must pass three tests at 180 wpm with 97 percent realtime accuracy. (Prerequisites: JRBC2100 or instructor approval)
JRBC 1405 Broadcas t Captioning & CART Practicum (2 credits)
This course will provide students with an opportunity to perform actual captioning. Students will work to refine their writing skills for accurate captioning. Students will work with industry standard equipment and will caption many t ypes of programming. Students will also practice in - classroom CART. This course will teach students how to perform CART or on - air captioning. Students will learn Captioning Technology. Students will work to create, build and enhance different job dictionar ies, including sports, weather, geography, geo - political terms and names, national and international news, etc. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of Judicial Reporting Program or instructor approval).
JRBC 2126 Captioning & CART Procedures & Research (3 credits)
This course will provide student with an opportunity to refine their technology skills in setting up and troubleshooting captioning and CART equipment. Students will learn how to read and follow a broadcast script. Students will learn the psychology of captioning, and the use of prescripting and broadcast news preparation. Students will also work to uncover research methods and sources for topical information. This course will teach students how to prepare for their CART or on - air captioning job. Students will work to create and enhance different job dictionaries, including sports, weather, geography, geo - political terms and names, national and international news, etc. (Prerequisite: Successful completion of JRBC2100 or instructor permission).
JRBC 2135 Broadcast Captioning & CART Internship (2 credits)
This course will give the student actual writing time in a captioning/CART setting. Wherever possible, students will be given opportunities to create a (not - for - sale) transcript. Internship opportunities will only be arranged through the school. (Prerequisite: None)
Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the Broadcast Captioning and CART Practicum and Realtime Principles and a grade of “C” or better in all other coursework in order to graduate. In addition, students shall pass three, five-minute timings with 97 percent real-time accuracy at 180 wpm literary (with 1.4 syllabic density).
Students shall successfully complete an internship with no less than 40 hours of verified actual writing time for captioning. Students must successfully complete an internship with no less than 40 hours of verified actual writing time for CART. From their internships, students will prepare a captioned translation of one hour and a CART translation of one hour.
Completion of the Broadcast Captioning/CART certificate allows graduates to work in a variety of settings either as broadcast captioners or as CART providers.
Broadcast captioners use realtime machine shorthand skills to create the captioning you see on television. This captioning is created to allow access to television broadcasts for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Broadcast captioners work doing on-air captioning of live programming.
CART is a service that can be requested by people who are hard of hearing as an alternative to having a sign language interpreter. It falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as one way of providing equal access to services. Graduates can find work as CART providers in legal, educational and various trade fields.