It’s not too late to plan to celebrate National Court Reporting & Captioning Week

Court reporters, captioners, firms, state associations, and court reporting schools will start unveiling an array of activities ready to showcase the profession and to raise public awareness of the growing number of career opportunities the field has to offer when 2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week launches Feb. 16. While the week-long event will end on Feb. 22, for many court reporting schools the celebration provides the perfect background for recruiting new and potential students by introducing them to the profession.

In Atlanta, Ga., Brown College of Court Reporting will host an array of guest speakers, webinars, games, and giveaways throughout the week, closing the celebration with an open house at the school on Feb. 22, that will showcase the benefits of receiving an education in court reporting and captioning, feature a Grammar Jam Competition, and offer door prizes. Contact Marita Carey at marita.carey@bccr.edu.

The StenoTech Career Institute in Piscataway, N.J., meanwhile will host its first annual Friends and Family Day, where students will invite friends and family members to visit the school and observe classes for a firsthand glimpse and better perspective on the day-to-day challenges students face to complete the program. Other festivities planned to mark the week include a round-table panel discussion with representatives from the Certified Court Reporters Association of New Jersey and working court reporters from both the deposition/freelance and CART/captioning arenas. The institute is also hosting a realtime contest for its students and will award a VISA gift card to the contestant with the highest percentage of accuracy on a first-pass dictation piece. Contact Karen Sole, CSR, RPR, CRI, CPE at ksole@stenotech.edu.

Joining the celebration, Prince Institute has reported that it will host a number of events and activities at each of its campuses, as well as several online events, including a free webinar about Case CATalyst for court reporting students across the country, no matter their school affiliation, as well as professionals. The school is also asking professional court reporters and captioners to share what they love about the profession on its Facebook page and will use the quotes as inspirational artwork for its on-campus students and in its Virtual Student Union that serves online students. Contact Shari Mayner at SMayner@princeinstitute.edu.

Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio, is also hosting a live online chat for its students to celebrate National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. The online chat will include four reporters each representing the areas of official, freelance, CART, and captioning who will talk with students from for 30 minutes. Contact Kelly Moranz at Kelly.Moranz@tri-c.edu.

To find out how you can celebrate 2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week or to find the latest in resources including press release templates, media pitches, power points, and more, please visit NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week resources page or contact the NCRA communications team at PR@ncra.org.