Introduction to Court Reporting

Course description

The first course in CCRI’s new Court Reporting Certificate Program

This is an introductory course in steno machine shorthand writing. Students will learn proper positioning at the steno machine and how to properly set up and break down their machines. Students will learn how to depress each key and will memorize the keys on the stenographic machine. They will learn to write letters, combine letters to form new letters and words, and combine several letters to form phrases heard daily (brief forms). This is taught by writing words as they are heard phonetically. They will learn how to write numbers and punctuation on the steno machine. Realtime writing is taught in this class. My Realtime Coach™ is utilized for coursework and homework assignments. Proficient readback and transcribing steno notes into English is required. Individual and group coaching is provided, as needed. Extensive practice hours outside of classroom is essential to being successful at learning the stenographic machine.

This course is funded by Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and offered to students for free. Participants will be provided with a student stenograph machine.


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GED/high school diploma
RI resident
To be eligible, students must be a Rhode Island resident, have a high school diploma or GED, and be fluent in English. Students must have a laptop with a USB (or USB-C port with adapter), 4GB or more or RAM, and a hard drive with 80GB or more to operate the needed software.

November 22, 2022
February 7, 2023
3 months
Meeting times

Tuesdays and Thursdays (Saturdays 9-1 are virtual)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (9-1 virtual on Saturdays)

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