As stated at in a brochure published by the Court Reporters Board of California, "Court Reporting is designed to be a three- to four-year program, assuming strict adherence to daily attendance and practice on the machine five hours per day. Court reporting students also have to do transcribing and academic homework in addition to machine practice. Court reporting school is a full-time job. While a few students have attained the required speed in less time, they are rare. It is self-paced, challenging, and requires self-discipline and a high degree of motivation."
Yes, we have office assistant, legal secretary, note reading and scoping, legal transcription programs that take less time. Depending upon the speed level, students have found jobs in scoping and proofreading for court reporters, legal and medical transcription, and captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
Please contact Margaret Ortiz, department chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding online education.
Yes. At this time evening classes are available for speedbuilding up to the 140 word-per-minute level. If enrollment warrants, evening speedbuilding classes will be offered for the higher speed levels. Academic classes are also offered during evening hours.
The cost of tuition at a California community college is currently $46 per unit. Court reporting classes vary from one to 6.5 units. The cost for a typical semester is approximately $470 including tuition, fees, and parking.
Yes. Fill out the FAFSA form which you will find at the West Valley College website, www.westvalley.edu. Click on Financial Aid, fill out the FAFSA form, and submit it. Check with the Financial Aid office at West Valley College to determine your eligibility.
We will provide contact information for court, deposition, and captioning/CART job employment opportunities. To our knowledge, all West Valley Valley College court reporting graduates of the last five years are currently working. Additionally, several current students are employed providing CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services, scoping assistance for court reporters, and transcription work.