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Court Reporting celebrates 40th anniversary


Founding faculty Diane Papritz, Louise Fisher, and Lois Ladderud join current faculty Lori Rapozo, Sidney Weldele-Wallace at the 40th anniversary celebration.

On Friday, Jan. 25, Court Reporting held a reception on the third floor of the new Salish Hall commemorating the program's 40th anniversary.

An excited crowd of Court Reporting faculty, retired instructors, program volunteers, alumni, current students, and other notables milled in and out of the brand new classrooms, where the industry's cutting-edge technology and the most current classroom learning tools were displayed.

Lori Rapozo and Sidney Weldele-Wallace run the Court Reporting program along with two adjunct instructors. Every single one of the Court Reporting faculty has gone through the program at Green River.

"Tonight is a celebration of our great success in the past 40 years, and preparation for wonderful successes in the future," Weldele-Wallace said.

Auburn City Councilman John Holman presented a proclamation on behalf of City of Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis. The city of Kent offered a Certificate of Recognition and the city of Enumclaw also provided a proclamation.

The program's progressive approach to education successfully combines with an emphasis on increasing enrollment. The technology in each classroom enables students to connect to live lectures and use their own equipment remotely. "Thanks to the technology we have, our program teaches students in all four corners of the United States," said Rapozo.

"We have built the infrastructure," said Weldele-Wallace, "now we are focusing on recruitment and enrollment."

In 40 years, Court Reporting has developed from an offshoot of Green River's business program to an outstanding and successful program that draws students from all over the Northwest and the United States. Now they are gearing up to take the program to the next level. Who knows where we will find them in the next 40 years!