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. 

LISA DESPAIN
ACADEMIC INSTRUCTOR/READER


Lisa has been the Academic Instructor since June, 2009.  She has been a licensed CSR since February, 1983.  She worked as a court reporter and a freelance deposition reporter.  Her academic experience includes teaching Court and Deposition Procedures, Legal Terminology, Ethics, CTRP English, Vocabulary and Transcript Prep.

JO ANN SHIVE
READER

Jo Ann has been a CTRP Reader since June, 2008.  Her professional organizational skills keep our program operating efficiently.  She is from Bakersfield and loves to bake, read books, and do “crafty” things in her spare time.  She is married and has two grown sons.  


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                   Scopist or Proofreader for a Court Reporter

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


2,500 Jobs In California

5,500 NEW COURT REPORTING

JOBS PROJECTED ACROSS U.S.

Freelance - Deposition reporter
Certified Shorthand Reporter

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, Business Law, Medical Terminology, etc., in addition to speed-building dictation classes.

If you are interested in enrolling in the court reporting program, please contact Gary Shaw at (661) 387-1055 for further information.

We offer three Theory classes, one at the beginning of the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.

​Our next beginning Theory class (Spring Semester) will begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

All Theory classes are scheduled to run Monday through Thursday. There are no evening classes. 

GARY F. SHAW
PROGRAM MANAGER

Originally hired as a Reader at Bakersfield College’s court reporting school, 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 flyfishing, coaching basketball and Texas Hold’em poker.

TINA KOLOSKY
ACADEMIC INSTRUCTOR/READER


Tina was hired as a Reader in August of 2014 and also became an Academic Instructor in August of 2015.  She retired from her duties as a licensed CSR in 2010 and brings over 30 years of CTRP experience to our program.  She worked in the LA area as well as locally.

official - court Reporter
certfied shorthand reporter


TO START

Interested individuals must be high school graduates 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