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Green River awarded $300,000 for popular court reporting program

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UBURN, WA - Green River Community College was one of four colleges nationwide to be named last week by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a grant under its Training for Realtime Writers program. The three-year $298,141 grant is the second largest award and will go to Green River's Court Reporting and Captioning program to support students pursuing careers in court reporting and closed captioning.

Under the department's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, (grant # P116K120007), Green River will provide 30 need-based scholarships and improve its curricula to better prepare graduates for employment in the field of realtime writing, which includes both judicial reporters and broadcast captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

"This grant provides an already outstanding program with the resources it needs to be truly world-class," said Green River President Dr. Eileen Ely. "It will help us to better serve industry needs and students who want to learn these skills."

"Our Computer Reporting Technologies program is the only state institution training program of its kind within a five-state area that provides the education and hands-on training for realtime writers and captioners," said Sidney Weldele-Wallace, a program instructor and chair of Green River's Business division.

Demand for professional realtime writers has grown in recent years, in part because of legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Telecommunications Act and the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

Green River's Court Reporting and Captioning program, known as the Computer Reporting Technologies program, is approved by the National Court Reporters Association and offers degrees in realtime court reporting and broadcast captioning. Certificate programs in judicial reporting editing and retraining for court reporters transitioning to captioning careers is also available. The program enrolls an average of 120 students annually and will mark its 40 year anniversary next year.