Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting Honors Its 2012 Graduating Class

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Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting ( honored its graduates in court reporting, captioning, and scoping at a graduation ceremony on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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BRSCR 2012 Graduates

...scoping a job that can be accomplished from home 'while wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers.'

Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting (BRSCR) awarded certificates of completion to its graduates in court reporting, CART/captioning, and scoping at a graduation ceremony at Drusilla Catering on Monday evening, September 10, 2012.

Mrs. Karen Vornkahl, School Director, offered insights into the achievements earned in each training program, including the number of tests a student must pass to graduate and what employment opportunities await those who reach their goals.

According to Vornkahl, court reporting remains a high-demand occupation, with certified graduates using a variety of skills to produce a verbatim transcript for court proceedings. Court reporting graduates must successfully complete more than 70 academic tests and 50 skills tests at speeds up to 225 words per minute. In addition, state or national certification is a requirement for court reporters in Louisiana.

Vornkahl said scopists are the "secret weapons" of court reporters, helping reporters produce quality transcripts. And, she says, scoping is a job that can be accomplished from home "while wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers." Scoping students complete more than 110 academic and skills tests.

Captionists provide the display of text that appears on television broadcasts, and CART providers take down classroom lectures for hearing-impaired students. These graduates must complete 70 academic tests and demonstrate high accuracy on more than 40 skills tests.

Following the explanation of programs, Mrs. Lori Beckman, Assistant Director of Student Services, read a biography written by each graduate, and their certificates were presented. Students were invited to share their thoughts, and all expressed appreciation to the friends, family, and school staff who supported them on their educational journey.

Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting is proud to announce the following 2012 graduates:

Court Reporting Program: Crystal Ballast, Monique Duplantis, Erin Duplechin, Allison Jourdan, and Kathy Rayburn.

CART/Captioning Program: Jamie Graham and Allison Jourdan (dual certification).

Scopist Training Program: Tessa Curtis, Fabiola Evans, Alexandra Giardina, Thomas Mandella, and Shirley Pinski.

Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting offers training onsite and online in machine court reporting and captioning. Scopist training and voice reporting and captioning are offered online. In addition, BRSCR has a sister campus, Professional Institute of Court Reporting, in New Orleans, Louisiana, that offers machine court reporting and captioning training at its campus in Metairie.

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