Department of Business Administration
Court Reporting - Dual Credit Programs
Dual Credit Court Reporting Partnership between Del Mar College and the Corpus Christi Independent School District
At DMC, the Dual Credit court reporting class is comprised of 19 students with 14 attending Collegiate High
Darcy Gohlke, DMC professor of court reporting, says that the high school students in the class utilize technology to master skills that often prove daunting to college-aged students. “There are 19 students, and each one has his or her own computerized writer and computer,” Gohlke says. “It’s interesting to watch them hear words, then write them and then receive reinforcement from the computer as to whether they were successful with their writing.”
Gohlke first proposed a high school-level court reporting program to CCISD in 1999, which was first offered at Miller High School in 2000. Now, Collegiate High School students have the opportunity to take court reporting classes while at the College.
Del Mar College offers an associate in applied science degree in court reporting and a certificate in information reporting. Gohlke says the College’s program, which launched in 1972, also offers an online court reporting course. The class has attracted students from 35 states and international students from Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom since the program went online in 1998.
Upon graduation, students seeking employment as court reporters must pass the Certified Shorthand Reporting (CSR) Exam, a competence test given by the Court Reporters Certification Board in Austin. Court reporting graduates who successfully pass the rigorous CSR exam have at least four areas of reporting to consider:
* A freelance reporter can take depositions and provide out-of-courtroom services that usually include a per page fee in addition to a flat job fee. Nearly two-thirds of all court reporters are freelancers who work outside the courtroom.
* Courtroom reporters earn a salary plus a per page fee.
* Reporters can also provide Communication Access Real-time Translation services (real-time writing for the deaf and hearing impaired on a closed circuit viewing screen).
* Broadcast captioners provide captions of live television programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers through real-time technology that instantly produces English text.
While incomes vary greatly depending on the amount of time reporters are available to work, Gohlke says that an official court reporter at the Nueces County Courthouse generally makes between $40,000 and $50,000 a year. According to the National Court Reporters Association, court reporters make an average of more than $60,000 a year.
Projections in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook show the need for court reporters will grow by 25 percent by 2016, faster than the average for all occupations over that time span.
To learn more about Del Mar College’s Court Reporting Program in the Department of Business Administration, contact Darcy Gohlke, Professor of Court Reporting, at 361.698.1419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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