10/07/2013 -- CCAC one of four schools nationally to be awarded U.S. Department of Education grant

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County is one of just four schools across the nation to be selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education as part of its Training for RealTime Writers grant. CCAC’s three-year, $266,175 award will enable the college to enhance its Court Reporting program.

CCAC will use the funding in several key areas, including to expand educational opportunities for both existing students and incumbent workers; increase scholarship funding and to recruit new students; provide equipment upgrades; and to develop partnerships with industry-related organizations and companies. The funding will also enable CCAC to develop a Spanish captioning component.

Mary Beth Johnson, professor of Court Reporting at CCAC Allegheny Campus will be the project director for this grant. According to Johnson, the funding will enable CCAC to expand the program’s reach in order to benefit the wider community. “In addition to providing enhanced training, mentoring opportunities and much-needed equipment upgrades for current and future students, this funding will enable CCAC to offer training to those working in the industry who want to enhance their existing skills.”

“By partnering with the Pennsylvania Court Reporter’s Association and VITAC, the world’s largest captioning company based here in Pittsburgh, CCAC’s Court Reporting program will continue to reflect current and emerging technology trends in the court reporting and captioning industries,” Johnson continues.

Currently, demand for court reporters and captioners remains strong. Students in the program are trained to work in the courthouse, in the deposition suite or as closed captioners and to write CART (Computer Assisted Realtime Translation) for those who are hearing impaired. The placement rate for CCAC program graduates is nearly 100 percent with some students able to secure employment six months to a full year in advance of graduation. For graduates employed through the court system, salaries begin in the $40,000 range. Freelance reporters, paid on a commission basis, can earn considerably more, often into the six figures.

CCAC’s Court Reporting program is one of 55 schools across the nation approved by the National Court Reporter’s Association and one of only two approved in Pennsylvania. To enroll or for more information, please call 412.237.2748 or visit www.ccac.edu, search keywords “court reporting.” CCAC Allegheny Campus is located at 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15212.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers noncredit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.

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