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Judicial Reporting

The Anoka Technical College Judicial Reporting program offers three awards: an associate in applied science degree; and two related certificates: Broadcasting Captioning/CART and Scoping/Proofreading.

The Anoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Judicial Reporting is a 68-credit, two-year program designed to get you out and working as soon as you can.

The degree is designed to be completed in two years. The speed requirement may take additional time to complete.

Students learn a conflict-free realtime theory  starting in the first semester to enable them to write efficiently on a realtime system. Students learn theory in their first year in the program, then work to increase their speed and accuracy until they can:
  • Capture literary material at 180
  • Jury charge material at 200 wpm
  • Question-and-answer material at 225

Summer sessions are mandatory for Judicial Reporting students.

PDF Program Guide 

Prerequisites

ENGL1105, Composition I, may have a prerequisite depending on your Accuplacer assessment score.

Equipment

Laptop, steno machine, Eclipse student software.

Please see instructor for specific requirements before purchasing any equipment.

Accreditation

All curricula were created to meet or exceed the National Court Reporters Association’s (NCRA) standards set out by the Council on Approved Student Education (CASE). The program is approved by NCRA.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
68
 Technical Education Requirements

* see Prerequisites; ** see below
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ADSC 1006  Business Law
4
 ADSC 1060  Government, Courts & MN Criminal Law
3
 ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills
1
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 JRBC 1000  Realtime Reporting Orientation
1
 JRBC 1005  Realtime Reporting I*
4
 JRBC 1030  Legal Terminology
2
 JRBC 1105  Realtime Reporting II
4
 JRBC 1120  Realtime Reporting Technology
3
 JRBC 1200  Realtime Reporting III**
4
 JRBC 2000  Realtime Reporting IV**
4
 JRBC 2011  Transcription & English I
3
 JRBC 2016  Transcription & English II
3
 JRBC 2030  Judicial Reporting Procedures
3
 JRBC 2100  Realtime Reporting V**
4
 JRBC 2120  Realtime Reporting VI**
4
 JRBC 2140  Judicial Reporting Internship
2
 TOTAL    53

* The prerequisite for this course is COMP0100 Basic Computer Keyboarding or successful test out at 25 wpm or more.
** Additional speedbuilding courses available upon instructor approval. NOTE: Students must complete the Realtime Reporting classes in sequence.

 General Eduaction/MnTC Requirements

Seventeen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 ENGL 1105  Composition I
4
 General Education/MnSCU Courses
11
 TOTAL    15

The eleven (11) remaining general education credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the Anoka Technical College Web site for a list of the MnTC courses and their goal areas.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title Credits
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication  2
 JRBC 1000  Realtime Reporting Orientation  1
 JRBC 1005  Realtime Reporting I
 4
 JRBC 1030  Legal Terminology
 2
 TOTAL
9
 
 Spring Semester
 JRBC 1105  Realtime Reporting II
 4
 JRBC 1120  Realtime Reporting Technology  3
 JRBC 2011  Transcription and English I
 3
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology 2
TOTAL
12
 
 Summer Semester
 JRBC 1200  Realtime Reporting III 4
 JRBC 2016  Transcription and English II  3
 TOTAL    7
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC 1006 Business Law
 4
 JRBC 2000  Realtime Reporting IV
 4
 JRBC 2030  Judicial Reporting Procedures 3
TOTAL
9
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC 1060  Government, Courts, and Minnesota Criminal Law  3
 ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills
 1
 JRBC 2100  Realtime Reporting V
 4
 TOTAL
 8
   
 Summer Semester
 JRBC 2120  Realtime Reporting VI         4
 JRBC 2140  Judicial Reporting Internships         2
 TOTAL           6

General education/MnTC courses are NOT listed in the sequence above.  Students are required to complete fifteen (15) general education /MnTC credits to graduate with this degree .  General education/MnTC course may be taken in any order in any semester.

Also see Credits.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in all speedbuilding classes and a grade of “C” or better in all other coursework in order to graduate. In addition, students shall pass three 5-minute speed tests with 97% accuracy at the following speeds: 225 wpm testimony (two-voice), 200 wpm jury charge and 180 wpm literary. The student shall successfully complete an internship with no less than 40 hours of verified actual writing time. Upon graduation, students will be ready to take the NCRA’s Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification exam. The RPR exam is offered twice per year in April and November.

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Judicial Reporters can work in courtrooms as official reporters, creating accurate verbatim written records of all the proceedings. Official reporters are employed by the state. Deposition reporting (also known as freelance reporting) is a popular field because it is interesting and allows for flexible scheduling. Freelance reporters typically work on an independent contractor basis taking depositions at law offices.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Judical Reporting Program Faculty

Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CBC, CRI
763-576-4897

The Anoka Technical College Broadcast Captioning/CART (Communications Access Realtime Translation) certificate is a 16-credit program.   This program is designed for professionals that have completed an AAS in Judicial Reporting or are working in the reporting field and want to retrain to work in the Captioning/CART industries.  

The central objective of the Broadcast Captioning/CART program is to train students to write conflict-free machine shorthand on a computer-compatible stenotype machine, utilizing the industry standard computer-assisted realtime translation at 97 percent accuracy.

NOTE: This certificate is offered through the Judicial Reporting program.

PDF Program Guide 

Prerequisites

Students registering for this certificate need to have already completed the ANoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Judicial Reporting program or be working in the reporting field and want to retrain to work in the Captioning/CART industries.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Equipment

Laptop, steno machine, Eclipse student software.

Please see instructor for specific requirements before purchasing any equipment.

Certification

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.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 16
 Technical Education Requirements

 ASL 1000  Deaf Studies/Culture* 3
 JRBC 1400  Realtime Principles
2
 JRBC 1405  Broadcast Captioning & CART Practicum
2
 JRBC 2126  Broadcast Captioning & CART Procedures & Research
3
 JRBC 2135  Broadcast Captioning & CART Internship
2
 TOTAL    16

*ASL1100, American Sign Language I, may be substituted for Deaf Studies/Culture.

 Elective Credits/General Eduaction/MnTC Requirements
4

Four (4) elective credits are required. The electives may be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas. Refer to the Anoka Technical College Web site for a list of the MnTC courses and their goal areas.

Program Sequence

Work with the faculty advisor to create a schedule that works best for you!

Course Descriptions

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)

Graduation Requirements

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).

In addition, 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.

Also see Graduation Standards in the Student Handbook

NOTE:

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

 

Industry Information

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.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Judical Reporting Program Faculty

Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CBC, CRI
763-576-4700

The Anoka Technical College Scoping/Proofreading certificate is a 28-credit program to be completed in one-and-a-half years. Scoping/Proofreading students learn shorthand theory with Judicial Reporting students.

NOTE: This certificate is offered through the Judicial Reporting program.

PDF Program Guide

Prerequisites

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Equipment

Laptop, steno machine, Eclipse student software. Students may use a loaner steno machine from the department.

Please see instructor for specific requirements before purchasing any equipment.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 28
 Technical Education
28
 JRBC 1000  Realtime Reporting Orientation
1
 JRBC 1005  Realtime Reporting Reporting I
4
 JRBC 1030  Legal Terminology
2
 JRBC 1105  Realtime Reporting II
4
 JRBC 1120  Realtime Reporting Technology
3
 JRBC 2011  Translation & English I
3
 JRBC 2016  Translation & English II
3
 JRBC 3100  Scoping Procedures
2
 JRBC 3105  Advanced Proofreading & English Skills
2
 JRBC 3110  Advanced Transcript Production
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2

Students must complete JRBC courses in sequence.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 JRBC 1000  Realtime Reporting Orientation
1
*JRBC 1005  Realtime Reporting I
4
 JRBC 1030  Legal Terminology
2
 TOTAL
7
 
 Spring Semester
 JRBC 1105  Realtime Reporting II
4
 JRBC 1120  Realtime Reporting Technology
3
 JRBC 2011  Translation & English I
3
 HLTH 1050  Medical Terminology
2
 TOTAL
12
 
 Summer Semester
 JRBC 2016  Translation & English II
3
 TOTAL    3
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 JRBC 3100  Scoping Procedures
2
 JRBC 3105  Advanced Proofreading & English Skills
2
 JRBC 3110  Advanced Transcript Production
2
 TOTAL
6
 

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all coursework in order to graduate.

Also see Graduation Standards in the Student Handbook.

Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

NOTE: All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Transfer Opportunities

See the Anoka Technical College associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Judicial Reporting.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Scopists and proofreaders work in conjunction with court reporters to produce the final transcript that is prepared from court proceedings or depositions. Transcripts are accurate verbatim written records of the proceedings.

At the end of a proceeding, some court reporters send their files to a scopist, who then edits the job for the court reporter. Scopists need to know how to read shorthand notes and use court reporting software. 

Other court reporters edit their own work but hire proofreaders to read over their transcripts to check for errors.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Judical Reporting Program Faculty

Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CBC, CRI
763-576-4700