Court Reporting and Captioning

Court Reporting,Captioning, and Related Technologies

We serve students throughout California! Our live classes are offered synchronously to students on campus and also off campus using high-quality video conferencing.

Our spring 2018 semester begins on Monday, January 29th.  See below for remote log-on information for our spring Theory classes and information sessions.

An informal video conference Information Session will be held from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 18th.  Our Career Night Information Session will be held on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Prospective and enrolled students should download our free Zoom software and join either or both meetings using the instructions below.  (Just scroll further down this page for the instructions.)

Contact Margaret Ortiz for additional information at:
(408) 741-2559 office

(408) 318- 4158 cell

Recipient of U.S. Department of Education Grant P116K100012, "Training for Realtime Writers" 2011 - 2015

Learn More About Court Reporting

The West Valley College Court Reporting and Captioning Department has been offering quality career training programs for over 40 years and is recognized by the Court Reporters Board of California. These careers are more relevant than ever. Trained court reporters  and captioners are in high demand to meet the increased need for litigation, captioning services, text-video synchronization, webcasting, transcription, scoping, and proofreading.

All students in the program are trained with innovative techniques to help them meet the requirements for state and national certification. In the Bay Area, starting salaries in the field range from $75K - over $100K. A wave of retirements by active court reporters, coupled with increased demand for captioners, is expected to create thousands of job openings around the country including over 2,000 in California. Choose Court Reporting or Captioning and you can begin these rewarding and respected careers.

Please join us for our Career Night information/orientation session on Wednesday, January 24, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., in Room V10 in the Village on the West Valley College campus just down the hill from the Cilker building.  The Village can also be easily accessed using one of the campus entrances off of Allendale Avenue.  If you would like to attend using our free Zoom video conferencing, please read the directions below:

Instructions for Downloading Zoom and Logging On Using Zoom Software

If you are new to Zoom, please download it before the information session. (Use is free for Career Night and for our students.)

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Simply click on the following link and follow the directions. When you are prompted to enter your name, please use your real first and last name. If it automatically fills in your computer profile name, please click on it and enter your first and last name.

Here is the link for our Theory classes and the fall 2017 Career Night Court Reporting Information/Orientation Session:

If your link is not active or you are having trouble:

1. Highlight the link.

2. Hit Control, Copy (if you have a PC) or Command, Copy (if you have a Mac)

3. Click on your URL box (top left of screen)

4. Click Control, View (PC) or Command, View (Mac)

5. Hit Enter and follow the directions.

Once Zoom has already been loaded, for future meetings (classes) you can simply:

1. Click on the Zoom Desktop Icon on Desktop or a Zoom folder in your All Programs menu.

2. Log on by clicking Join when the words Join or Host a Meeting appear.

3. Enter the meeting ID. 

The meeting ID for this information session is: 250 212 825. (Do not put in spaces.)

You may also join by clicking on or copying it into your URL box and entering the meeting ID for your class.

To join from a dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788

Enter the meeting ID for your class.

Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting

International numbers available:

We will open the meeting about ten minutes before the information/orientation session.  If you have trouble logging on, please call Margaret (Maggie) Ortiz at (408) 318-4158. 

For information about licensing and statistics for California Court Reporters
please visit: The Court Reporters Board of California or

Please write to Margaret (Maggie) Ortiz at and she will email you additional program information.




last published: 1/16/18