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court reporting


    Video: Court Reporting

    Program Number: 10-170-2
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac, offered through Lakeshore Technical College
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    Program Description

    You’ve seen high-profile trials with a person keying the testimony into a stenograph machine or read the scrolling captions for the hearing-impaired on your TV screen. The person recording the spoken words at speeds ranging from 180 to 225 words a minute is a court reporter. If you’re an excellent listener, have strong language and communications skills, and are committed to accuracy and confidentiality, a career in court reporting may be a perfect fit for you.

    Lakeshore Technical College offers its Court Reporting program in cooperation with technical colleges across the state. As a court reporting student, you'll attend live, interactive television classes sent from Lakeshore Technical College to Moraine Park. General studies classes and labs can be taken at Moraine Park. For more information, please see Lakeshore Technical College's Court Reporting program information.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $45,835

    Approximate Costs

    • $136.50 per credit (resident)
    • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Develop proficiency in machine shorthand using realtime theory.
    • Produce salable transcripts on a realtime translation system.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of proper reporting procedures and responsibilities for freelance and official reporting.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of legal and medical concepts and terminology.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the professional reporting organizations and methods of gaining certification as a Registered Professional Reporter.
    • Develop a personal dictionary, read, translate, and edit transcripts using CAT (computer-aided transcription) software.

    Career Opportunities

    • Legislative Reporter
    • Official Court Reporter in the Court System
    • Freelance Reporter
    • Scopist

    Admission Process

    Visit the Admissions Page for details

    The admission process for a shared program should be completed at the host college granting the degree. Please submit the following to Lakeshore Technical College:

    • College admission application
    • $30 one-time fee
    • High school and other official college transcripts
    • College assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). Note: The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.
    • Meet with a representative at the host college to review course sequencing.
    • Check with the host college if any additional steps are required.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.