Texas Deposition Reporters Association (TEXDRA) Raises Over $11,000 For Project Steno

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Professional association quickly surpassed initial goal to fund novel program to recruit and train stenographic court reporting students

Ceremonial presentation in San Antonio of TEXDRA’s fundraising check to Project Steno co-founder Glyn Poage.

Nothing we face as a profession is more important than joining forces to stimulate interest in the opportunities available through a career in court reporting.

Texas Deposition Reporters Association (TEXDRA) announced today that it raised over $11,000 from its respective members to help fund Project Steno, a novel educational program aimed at providing increased educational opportunities for stenographic court reporting students. The amount raised surpassed TEXDRA’s initial $10,000 fundraising goal and allows TEXDRA to invest in the future of the profession.

There is a very critical nationwide shortage of court reporters affecting the legal system, and many in the industry are coming together to employ creative solutions to solve this looming crisis. Project Steno is designed to help promising new reporting students, recruited through a free introduction to court reporting known as the Steno A to Z Program, with their court reporting school tuition. TEXDRA recently concluded its first successful Steno A to Z class, and there are several more classes happening statewide; the program is also now featured online.

The initial first step in Project Steno’s 4-step plan is to engage prospective court reporting students in one of many A to Z programs being delivered by volunteer court reporters across the U.S. Students who graduate from an A to Z program and are then accepted by Project Steno will be offered tuition assistance when they choose to attend a Project Steno Partner Program. TEXDRA is very proud to be engaged in this complementary, innovative and unprecedented effort.

“Nothing we face as a profession is more important than joining forces to stimulate interest in the opportunities available through a career in court reporting,” said David Ross, president of TEXDRA. “We put out an appeal to our members for Project Steno, and we raised over $10,000 in what felt like a blink of an eye. TEXDRA’s members are the best!”

About Texas Deposition Reporters Association (TEXDRA)
TEXDRA is an association for Texas Certified Shorthand Reporters and Court Reporting Firms founded on the core principles of integrity, transparency, advocacy and teamwork. We pledge to serve our profession with honesty and hard work, and we will work closely with other associations whenever possible to recruit, train and mentor students, lobby in Austin on important issues and challenges that face us all, improve relations between us and the people we serve, and educate the judiciary and the public about the vital role we hold as impartial guardians of the record. If you're not already a member, please visit our Join Us page to join now.

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