What to Expect
Due to the skill-based nature of the captioning and court reporting, students may complete program requirements at different times. In order to graduate you must successfully complete:
- Three 5-minute tests with 95 percent accuracy at each of the following speeds:
- 225 wpm testimony (two-voice),
- 200 wpm jury charge, and
- 180 wpm literacy
- 40 verified hours of actual writing time during internship
Students learn machine shorthand (which spells words phonetically) and how to use a keyboard where several keys are struck at once. Utilizing sophisticated software, the electronic shorthand is converted to English text. This process is often mistaken for voice recognition.
AMI's Keith Gillard went back to school recently to learn about a unique program that is offered at Edmonton's Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. The school offers a two-year Closed Captioning and Court Reporter Program that utilizes short-hand technology and teaches students to transform the spoken word to text.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average:
- 25-27 hours per week attending classes
- 15-20 hours per week on practice or study outside of scheduled class time
Classes are held in both labs and classrooms. Equipment and computer software are provided.
Is This Program For You?
Students who succeed in this program demonstrate the following qualities:
- desire to work in a challenging non-routine career with other professionals
- aptitude to learn a “new language” (machine shorthand)
- interest in a broad range of subjects
- excellent English skills
- strong concentration and listening skills
- self-motivation and good work ethic
- a positive attitude and positive lifestyle
Students in Captioning and Court Reporting will be part of small classes with very experienced instructors, developing close relationships, and have opportunities to network within the small professional community through guest speakers and professional events.