Hired as a Reader July 1, 2019, Sam is the newest member of the CTRP staff. He is an aspiring screenwriter and is wrapping up the final classes for a Certificate in Screenwriting from UCLA.  


                             JO ANN SHIVE                                                   SUBSTITUTE READER                        WEBSITE CONTRIBUTOR

JoAnn was a Reader in our program for over 9 years and decided to go into semi-retirement but still help out as a substitute Reader and Website contributor. She is from Bakersfield and loves to bake, read books, and do “crafty” things in her spare time.  She is married, has two sons and two grandsons.

Elizabeth started with WESTEC as a student and became a Reader in February of 2018.  She is knowledgeable in Steno and continues to learn as a reader.  She enjoys cooking, laughing and spending time with her family.  

SAM OVERTON
READER

ELIZABETH GONZALEZ
READER

HIred as a Reader in April of 2018, Brittany  has 3 beautiful children and loves being a soccer mom, helping others and going to the stock car races.  Her racing roots are traced back to a local racing family in the Bakersfield area.

PROGRAM DETAILS

In order to become certified shorthand reporters and to take the state examination, students must meet the following requirements -

         English/Vocabulary                                          240
         Medical                                                            120
         Legal                                                                150
         Transcript Procedures                                       25
         Technology                                                        60
         Apprenticeship                                                  60
         Resource Materials                                             5

  Total Minimum State mandated Academic Hours     660 

 Total Machine Shorthand & Transcription Hours     2300

The above requirements must be met by successfully completing academic classes such as English, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Medical Terminology, etc., in addition to speed-building dictation classes.

Court Reporting

Class Forming

BEGINNING THEORY 
STARTS AUGUST 26, 2019


If you are interested in enrolling in the Court Reporting program, please contact Gary Shaw at (661) 477-4922 ​for further information.

IN ORDER FOR A PERSON TO QUALIFY TO TAKE THE STATE LICENSING EXAMINATION, THE PERSON SHALL COMPLETE A PROGRAM AT A RECOGNIZED COURT REPORTING SCHOOL. FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS THAT A COURT REPORTING PROGRAM MUST MEET IN ORDER TO BE RECOGNIZED, CONTACT:

THE COURT REPORTERS BOARD OF CALIFORNIA

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 230

Sacramento, CA  95833

(877) 327-5272/(916) 263-3660


COURT REPORTING AS A CAREER

Court reporters, also called shorthand reporters, use a stenotype machine to record verbatim notes of court proceedings, depositions, hearings and meetings.  From these notes they produce accurate transcripts.

Court reporters report civil and criminal trials; freelance reporters report depositions, arbitrations, business and convention sessions.

Most reporters now use computer-aided transcription (CAT) where a digital record can be made on a disk or memory unit in addition to the standard paper tape.  This technology allows a translation of steno notes almost instantaneously, which, in turn, provides useful technological support and service to court systems and attorneys.


CAREER CATEGORIES:

Official Court Reporter              Deposition/Freelance Court Reporter
Hearing Reporter                      Realtime Classroom Captioner
Medical Transcriptionist            Legal Assistant
Realtime Captioner                   Court Reporter Scopist or Proofreader

INCOME POTENTIAL:

Income varies depending on the type of reporting jobs and experience of the individual reporter.  The median income for court reporting is approximately $50,000 to $60,000 per year.  However, earning potential is only limited by the amount of time court reporters are willing to work. 

Official court reporters, court reporters that work in the court system, can earn a salary plus a per-page fee for transcripts.    Freelance/deposition reporters are paid per job and receive a per-page fee for transcripts.

Average base salaries for court reporters in the court system within California are listed below:

Kern County                  $67,515.76 -    $82,422.86 annually - plus                                                transcripts
Ventura County             $72,593.61  -   $85,418.27 annually - plus                                                transcripts

Alameda County           $76,966.50  -  $93,444.00 annually -  plus                                                transcripts
Los Angeles County     $83,925.84  -   $98,757.84 annually - plus                                                transcripts 

COURT REPORTING SCHOOL STAFF

GARY F. SHAW
PROGRAM MANAGER

Originally hired as a Reader at Bakersfield College’s court reporting school in February of 2007, Gary came to the Taft College at WESTEC program as one of the original Readers of the program in the Fall of 2007.  He was promoted to Program Coordinator in 2008 and eventually promoted to Program Manager in 2010.  He enjoys spending time with his family, as well as flyfishing, coaching basketball and Texas Hold’em poker.

MORE INFORMATION:

Interested individuals must be high school graduates (diploma or GED) and be able to type on a keyboard at least 35 words per minute (wpm). 

The first class taken in sequence for Court Reporting is Theory.  The Theory class is a structured course where students will learn how to write words in the English language using strokes on the steno machine. Students should be able to write between 40 and 60 wpm in steno at the completion of the course.

Upon successfully completing the Theory class, students will start Speed Building.  The Speed-Building courses are typically offered year-round.  The goal is to reach a speed of 225 to 240 wpm and qualify to take the State examinations.  

TAFT COLLEGE AT WESTEC COURT REPORTING SCHOOL

LISA PORTER
READER

Originally from Texas, Lisa has been a CTRP Reader since June, 2009.  Her articulate reading style adds a touch of flair to our program.  She is married and has five children and three grandchildren.  She enjoys cooking, reading, being active, and spending time with friends and family. 

BRITTANY VERNON
READER