Lakeshore Technical College is the 20th court reporting and captioning program in the nation to join Project Steno in its efforts to raise awareness of the profession.
The programs are overseen by Barbi Galarno, LTC’s Judicial Reporting and Broadcast Captioning instructor. Galarno is also a certified reporting instructor and registered professional reporter.
Educational programs which achieve partner program status have agreed to performance metrics, the purpose of which is to graduate students 24 months after enrollment. To achieve that goal, a Partner Program must adhere to a curriculum designed to graduate students in two years; incorporate a speed-building and online practice regimen that makes use of an online learning platform; permit regular monitoring of Project Steno students by means of built-in analytics; and confirm student progress to Project Steno on a regular basis, to assure that students are achieving performance milestones and not falling behind.
“Lakeshore Technical College has a focus for graduating students as quickly as possible to decrease the shortage of court reporters nationwide,” Galarno said. “Partnering with Project Steno, whose mission is to educate the public on the importance of the court reporting profession, as well as giving students the tools to be successful in their chosen program, is a win/win situation for both the profession and the new professionals.”
Project Steno President Jim DeCrescenzo said, “Our goal is straightforward. We want to repopulate the dwindling ranks of stenographic reporters and captioners in our field. To do that, we need to get motivated students into school and graduate them in two years. The Lakeshore Technical College program shares our goals.”
Project Steno offers tuition assistance to students who attend a partner program. To be eligible for tuition assistance, prospective students first must complete Project Steno’s basic training course or the National Court Reporters Association’s A-to-Z Program, available online or locally throughout the U.S. These introduction-to-steno programs are designed specifically to be a screening mechanism to identify students most likely to succeed.
Details about Lakeshore Technical College’s court reporting and broadcast captioning programs can be found at gotoltc.edu/academics/degree-programs.