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DMACC Set to Launch National Court Reporting/Captioning Week

Posted 1/24/2018

​​DMACC Newton Campus Hosts Program for Prospective Students

The 2018 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week kicks off across the nation Feb. 10-17. In conjunction with this Week, the DMACC Newton Campus will host events for current students, as well as for high school students, parents, adult learners and area residents.

The week kicks off with the formal signing of a proclamation by Governor Kim Reynolds declaring the week “Iowa and National Court Reporting/Captioning Week.” That event is scheduled for 9:40 a.m., Wednesday, February 7 in the Governor’s Office.

“DMACC is the only college or university in Iowa to offer realtime court reporting,” said Dr. Patricia Ziegler, DMACC Realtime Court Reporting Department Chair. “Our Court Reporting graduates offer tremendous value throughout the public and private sectors, and they can become gainfully employed soon after graduation. A critical shortage for realtime court reporters exists in Iowa. In an effort to meet the needs of the Iowa judicial system, we are eager to share information about this program and introduce prospective student and our communities to an excellent career.”

This year’s National Court Reporting & Captioning Week marks the sixth year the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has sponsored the celebration designed to increase the public’s awareness about the growing number of employment opportunities the profession offers. In fact, NCRA estimates that some 5,500 court reporting jobs are expected to become available nationwide over the next five years.

“We believe that court reporting and captioning is worthy of national recognition, and we are proud to take part in this national initiative,” said Dr. Ziegler.

“NCRA is excited that DMACC is joining in the celebration of the sixth National Court Reporting and Captioning Week,” said NCRA President Christine J. Willette, owner of Willette Court Reporting in Wausau, WI, where she is also an active reporter. “We anticipate that participation in the event by our members, state affiliates and court reporting programs around the country will continue to showcase this unique and rewarding profession as a viable career choice.

“Stenographic skills translate to a multitude of career options, including court reporting, live-event captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, captioning for broadcast, and specialized videography. It is a great option for many individuals, including high school students, veterans and their spouses, career changers, and college students who have decided to pursue a different career path. The strong marketplace demand means court reporting offers an abundance of long-term career opportunities,” said Willette.

DMACC will celebrate the following events in conjunction with the 2018 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week.

  • Governor’s Proclamation Signing - Wednesday, February 7; 9:40 a.m., Governor’s Office
  • DMACC Court Reporting students Tour the Polk County Courthouse - Tuesday, February 13, morning (for current students)
  • Court Reporting Open House/Information Session - Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. to noon, DMACC’s Newton Campus (600 N. 2nd Ave. West).
    Information about the program, a panel discussion with professional court reporters/captioners, and realtime demonstrations by current students.

The court reporting profession dates back to the 4th Century B.C. and through generations has served the public by making accurate records of critical events. For more information contact Nicole Kalkwarf at the DMACC Newton Campus, or (641) 791-1723.

About DMACC’s Realtime Court Reporting Program

This program on the DMACC Newton Campus began in August 2014. Current enrollment is 40 students. Graduates are employed in Iowa courts and freelance firms. Faculty members have over 80 cumulative years of teaching experience and court reporting experience. An Advisory Board of court reporters/freelance firms/captioners from throughout Iowa provides input into the program. For more information, visit DMACC Court Reporting website.

About NCRA

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 16,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator, and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020. For more information, visit


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