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Pennsylvania College Offers Free Court Reporting Course

Posted on: June 3rd, 2019 by Sfl Media No Comments

Allegheny_college_logoIf you have been a dedicated blog reader here at you have read about the severe shortage in the industry. is your premier court reporting and video-to-text reporting service, provider. Well, there is a Pennsylvania college that notices the shortage and wanted to help do something about it.

The Community College of Allegheny County aka CCAC is offering a free summer term “Introduction to Court Reporting” course.

Students are required to register to attend the three-week course. The classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 19th, June 26th and July 10th. And from 10 a.m. to noon on June 22nd, 29th and July 13th in Milton Hall at the Allegheny Campus. Parking is free.

The course was launched by Project Steno to offer a basic introduction to court reporting. After students are done completing the free course, they are eligible to apply for tuition assistance to attend CCAC’s fall court reporting class beginning on Aug. 19th.

CCAC professors Mary Beth Johnson and Barbara Lightcap will teach the course.

In addition to transcribing legal proceedings for courts and legislatures, court reporters, also known as captioners and stenographers, caption major sporting events and other broadcast television shows for persons who are hard of hearing.

CCAC graduate Nathan Sibley is the main captioner for the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Court reporters are in high demand across the nation. According to the National Court Reporters Association, there are currently a whopping 5,500 unfilled job openings.

For more information or to register, contact Mary Beth Johnson at or 412-237-2748.

We here at think that this is awesome news for the industry. Offer some free basic courses to see if you can whet the appetite of potential new court reports and stenographers. is ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

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Students Realize The Value Of A Two-Year Degree

Posted on: February 4th, 2019 by Sfl Media No Comments

Many people are beginning to question whether a four-year college degree is worth the high cost of tuition, especially since many students now have to take out  student loans that they will be paying off for years in order to afford their schooling.

Many are returning to institutions that teach specific skills like court reporting, usually in two years. They used to be known as “business colleges.”

Forbes reported that students attending Chicago-based MacCormac pay about $25,000 a year for a two-year court reporting program, but most students get some form of financial aid, bringing their cost to $13,520 a year.

A court reporting student who gets a degree at MacCormac is likely to come out with about $30,000 in debt but will likely get a job paying at least $40,000 annually, Forbes said.

As they progress in their field, students will probably make between $50,000 and $100,000 court reporting, depending on where they work.

Other jobs such as medical records clerk, paramedic, welder or long-distance truck driver also pay good wages without a college degree.

According to the National Center for Education 19.9 million, which is higher than the enrollment of 15.3 million students in fall 2000. Total enrollment is expected to increase between fall 2018 and fall 2027 to 20.5 million.

Women are expected to account for the majority of college and university students in fall 2018, with about 11.2 million women enrolled compared with 8.7 million men. Also, more students are expected to attend full time (an estimated 12.1 million students) than part time (7.8 million students).

About 6.7 million students will attend 2-year institutions and 13.3 million will attend 4-year colleges. About 17 million students are expected to enroll in undergraduate programs.

During the 2018–19 school year, colleges and universities are expected to award 1.0 million associate‘s degrees; 1.9 million bachelor’s degrees; 780,000 master’s degrees; and 182,000 doctor’s degrees. In 2015–16, postsecondary institutions awarded 939,000 certificates below the associate‘s degree level, 1 million associate‘s degrees, 1.9 million bachelor‘s degrees, 786,000 master‘s degrees, and 178,000 doctor‘s degrees.