Philadelphia Court Reporting/Transcriptionist School

Hands-On Training for a Career in Court Reporting

A career in court reporting is a career of opportunities. From transcribing court proceedings to captioning your favorite TV programs and more, the training you’ll receive in Court Reporting and Captioning at Orleans Technical College will prepare you to succeed in this growing, dynamic field. At Orleans Tech, you can earn an Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) degree.

Court Reporters Today are Technology Professionals!

They fulfill roles beyond serving as courtroom stenographers. Using unique steno machine skills and “realtime” computer technologies, court reporters and stenographers produce instant, accurate transcriptions and captioning that are now essential to businesses and customers, as well as television and online.

Court Reporting & Captioning Career Training Benefits

  • Learn specialized skills by taking courses that are directly applicable to immediate employment in the field upon graduation.
  • Train for a profession that’s parent-friendly, with flexible schedules and opportunities to work from home.
  • Work in a variety of exciting settings from courtrooms and law firms to businesses, TV, webcasting, colleges and captioning for the deaf.
  • Feel secure in a growing career field, where employment is projected to grow over the next decade.

  • Program Objective

    In Orleans Technical College’s Court Reporting Program, students will develop computer-compatible, conflict-free, real-time machine shorthand skills of up to 225 words per minute and learn to transcribe and edit their own shorthand notes using computer-assisted transcription equipment. Students will become familiar with English for Court Reporting, medical and legal terminology, court reporting procedures, and Computer-Aided Transcription for the production of high quality transcripts.

    Orleans Technical College’s Court Reporting Program is committed to excellence in court reporter and captioner education and has met the requirements and standards established by the Council on Approved Student Education of the National Court Reporter’s Association (NCRA).

  • Employment Opportunities

    Read what local employers have to say about the qualified professionals that graduate from Orleans Tech.

    Graduates are employable as entry-level reporters and conference reporters. With a minimum of additional training, the stenographer’s skills can be used in emerging realtime closed-captioning positions. Currently, the court reporting field uses computerized steno machines and computers, which graduates will need to purchase before entering the field. The cost will vary depending on the system chosen.

    Career Outlook

    89% job placement rate for Orleans Tech Court Reporting graduates (Based on 27 graduates between 4/1/13 and 3/31/14)

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job opportunities for court reporters and stenographers are expected to be excellent as job openings continue to outnumber job seekers in some areas. Employment of court reporters is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” 2014-15 Edition.

  • Career Paths

    With advances in computer technology, today’s court reporters and stenographers are information managers who are in-demand, working in a variety of professional settings in and out of the courtroom:

    Courtrooms

    Court reporters are in the middle of the action! They play an essential role and are highly valued by the legal community as “guardians of the record”—transcribing depositions or court proceedings. Court reporters and stenographers are employed by the government as official court reporters or work as an independent contractor with a court reporting firm.

    Broadcast Captioning

    The unique skills that court reporters and stenographers learn can be applied to the exciting world of television. Court reporters provide closed captioning of news, entertainment, sports, live broadcasts, and other programming for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

    CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation)

    Court reporters’ ability to capture spoken words instantly enables them to provide personalized services to the deaf and hard of hearing community. CART reporters accompany clients as needed—for example, to college classes—to provide an instant conversion of speech into text using the stenotype machine linked to a laptop computer.

    Other Career Opportunities

    Court reporters and stenographers can also work for businesses or anywhere immediate access to communication is needed, such as conventions, sales meetings, press conferences, stockholder/board meetings, and seminars and instantly transmit them to all parties involved. Opportunities in this profession are endless, and flexible—court reporters can travel or work remotely from home.

  • Media Mentions

    > Read About Orleans’ Internship Program in the Journal of Court Reporting
    > Read About Our Recent Graduating Class in The Northeast Times: “Court Reporting–The Verdict Is In”
    > See a Photo of Our Recent Graduates in The Legal Intelligencer
    > Click Here to Listen to Our Court Reporting Radio Interview on the “Woman of the Week” Segment on 95.7 BenFM> Read Our Article in The Northeast Times: “Fast Fingers: A New Era for Court Reporting Offers Broader Opportunities to Make a Living”

  • Attention High School Seniors

    Still in High School, But Want to Learn More?
    It’s not too early to begin your post-graduation plans! Read the article in The Philadelphia Public School Notebook newspaper about how you can go to Orleans Tech’s Court Reporting and Captioning technology career training program to earn an Associate in Specialized Business Degree.

    > Learn More About Our High School Scholarship Award Program

  • Student Right-to-Know

    Title I, Section 103 of The “Student Right‐to‐Know and Campus Security Act” (P.L. 101‐542) requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding to calculate graduation rates of certificate‐ or degree‐seeking, first‐time, full‐time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to all students and prospective students.

    > Click Here for the Student Right-to-Know Report for the Court Reporting Program

Orleans Tech offers the only court reporting school in the tri-state region certified by theNational Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and valid driver’s license. Orleans Tech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).