VIENNA, Va., July 25, 2014—The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, today announced that the College of Court Reporting (CCR) in Hobart, Ind., an association-accredited school that is recognized as an innovator in post-secondary education, is lowering its tuition for students who wish to attend full-time onsite beginning in the Fall semester.
According the school’s Director of Admissions, Nicky Rodriquez, the school will cut its tuition rate from $350 per credit hour to $175 per credit hour for local students attending onsite.
“One of the biggest obstacles students face is how to pay for their education. We lowered our tuition to assist students in overcoming this obstacle,” says Nicky Rodriquez, Director of Admissions. “We have a need for court reporters in the Chicagoland area, and CCR wants to fill those positions.”
From becoming one of the first colleges in the nation to offer an online court reporting program to developing a unique method of assessing students’ progress, CCR has gone against the grain to create the best learning environment possible for its students, Rodriquez said. Now, the school has recognized the need for new reporters in the Chicagoland area, especially in the areas of official reporting and the growing field of broadcast captioning.
“Over the course of the next 15 years, the state of Illinois has estimated it will need to hire almost 400 new court reporters as approximately 75 percent of its staff is retiring. To meet this need, the college seeks to increase its enrollment by lowering its tuition.” Rodriquez explained.
“This approach is by no means conventional. The trend in post-secondary education cost has been rising tuition rates, especially public institutions which have increased tuition by 172 percent from 2001 to 2012, after adjustments for inflation. Hopefully, our approach to reducing costs will spur a revitalized interest in careers in court reporting,” she added.
College of Court Reporting was the first online program in the country to be certified by NCRA. With the help of CCR’s innovative minute-by-minute evaluation method, the school now maintains one of the highest graduation rates amongst court reporting schools nationally. For more information, contact Nicky Rodriquez at 866-294-3974 ext. 222.
For more information, visit NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found at CareersInCourtReporting.com. For information about captioning, visit www.CaptioningMatters.com.