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The Court Reporting Department provides students with a solid academic foundation and the skills and training required to succeed in a professional reporting career. Humphreys College has been teaching machine stenography courses since the 1920s and has been providing the judicial community with qualified court reporters and deposition reporters since the 1950s. The program not only meets the Court Reporters Board of California prescribed course of study, but also provides an opportunity to go beyond the minimum standards and attain an associate or bachelor degree.
The overall focus of the department is to provide the academic foundation, skill and training development through live dictation and instruction with guided practice that enables students to achieve California State CSR licensure as well as meet their desired level of certification or degree. Completion of the program, licensure, and/or degree will prepare students to work in many different professional positions such as Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR), Official Court Reporter, Freelance Reporter, State Hearing Reporter, and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Reporter.
Our court reporting students are trained to utilize skills and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and translate the spoken word in realtime. They are taught how to create a word-for-word, written account of everything that is said in pretrial and trial proceedings. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the number of court reporters is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016 with more job openings than job seekers, so job placement for the future remains strong.
Classes are offered mainly during the day; however, required academics may be available during evening hours or online. The program is proficiency-based, and students are able to progress from one level to the next as soon as they meet the requirements for each level.
The faculty in the Court Reporting Department is a dedicated group of professionals who strive to help students achieve their goals, and work diligently to stay current in their constantly evolving fields. The faculty is complemented by a support staff of readers and aides who also have a direct interest in the success of the students. To ensure satisfactory progress for students, the College offers an extensive online digital audio library of dictation practice and computer lab facilities fully equipped with transcription and realtime technologies and equipment for instruction and practice purposes.
The Humphreys Court Reporting program is approved by the Court Reporters Board of California, and recognized as a Participating Program of the National Court Reporters Association. The Court Reporting associate and bachelor degrees are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Find out more about the Humphreys College Court Reporting Department on:
|► Bachelor of Science in Court Reporting|
|► Bachelor of Science in Court Reporting|
|CSR Online, for licensed California reporters*|
|► Associate in Arts in Court Reporting|
|► Associate in Science in Court Reporting|
Degree requirements are presented in the college catalog.
* The Bachelor of Science – CSR Online degree in Court Reporting is designed for licensed reporters and can be completed entirely online; applicant must be a currently-licensed California CSR with a minimum one year of reporting experience within the last 10 years for acceptance in the program.
Course requirements are mostly in Liberal Studies, except for certain Business and/or Paralegal upper division electives. These courses add a strong liberal arts component to the education and skills previously acquired to pass the California CSR Exam along with working experience as a licensed California CSR.
Notices & Information
Humphreys College is a member of the Reporting Association of Public Schools (RAPS). RAPS is an organization that seeks to initiate, sponsor, promote, and execute policies and activities that further the profession of court reporting and court reporting training at public schools throughout California.
The following Web sites are sources of additional court reporting information and relevant links.
Ms. Reindl has been the Department Chair of the Court Reporting Department since December 2007. She has an A.A. degree in Court Reporting, CSR #6320, and NCRA Certification as Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI). She has been a full-time instructor in the department since 1989.
Ms. Poirier has been an instructor in the Court Reporting Department since 1994. She has been a full-time instructor since fall 2010. She has an A.A. degree in Business Administration, CSR #7458 and NCRA Certification as Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI).
Ms. Closs has been an instructor in the Court Reporting Department since 2004. She has been a full-time instructor since fall 2010. She has an A.A. degree in Court Reporting, B.A. degree in Paralegal Studies, and NCRA Certification as Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) and Realtime Systems Administrator (RSA).
Ms. Vaughn has been an adjunct instructor in the Court Reporting Department since 2000. She has an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts, B.A. in Music, and CRI Certification.
Ms. Douglas has been an adjunct instructor in the Court Reporting Department since fall 2010. She has an A.S. degree in Court Reporting, CSR #8019, and she has worked as a freelance reporter since 1980.
Ms. Baker began as an adjunct instructor in the Court Reporting Department in September 2012. She has an A.S. degree in Business Software Applications, CSR #13316, and has worked as a freelance reporter since May 2008.