Computer Reporting Technologies (CRPT)
Court Reporting and Captioning are exciting and versatile careers. Court reporters write the verbatim proceedings of a courtroom, deposition, hearing, or meeting and provide an accurate transcript of the proceedings. Realtime captioning provides captions of live television programs and other forms of media for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers through realtime technology that instantly produces readable English text.
Court Reporting students from Green River College participated in Seattle University School of Law's Essential Lawyering Skills workshop in January 2017 along with Realtime Champion Ron Cook.
View Professor Ron Clark's article about the workshop here!
Computer Reporting Technologies helps you prepare for immediate employment in a career as a court reporter, captioner, transcriptionist, or scopist.
All of these professions continue to experience growth, and salaries range from approximately $35,000 to $75,000 annually, depending on the employer and level of experience.
Green River offers you a variety of options, including Associate in Applied Arts degrees in Court Reporting and Captioning. Certificates are also available in alternative career fields. Training is offered on campus and online.
Green River's Court Reporting Program is accredited by the National Court Reporters Association.
Career options include:
- Courtroom/Freelance Court Reporting
- Broadcast/Sports Captioning
- Educational Captioning (CART)
- Realtime Webcasting
Refer to the tabs below to learn more about this exciting career field and its program requirements, prerequisites, graduate testimonials and program awards, or to contact a faculty member.
About the professions
Court reporting is a challenging and versatile career. Court reporters write the verbatim proceedings of a courtroom, deposition, hearing, arbitration or meeting and provide an accurate transcript of the proceedings.
Working as a Court Reporter can take you to:
- Law firms
- Freelance firms
- Government offices
- Insurance companies
- Union meetings
Realtime captioning provides captions of live television programs and other forms of media for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers through realtime technology that instantly produces readable English text.
Another facet of the captioning process is called Communication Access Realtime Translation, or CART. CART reporters write for deaf or hard-of-hearing clients in a variety of settings to provide instant conversion of speech to text using a steno machine and laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other mobile device.
Working as a Captioner/CART provider can take you to:
- National/local television stations
- Academic institutions
- Sporting events
- State/city legislative proceedings
- Financial meetings
- Internet webcasts
For first-time students
This checklist will help you navigate the admission and enrollment process. Visit our Welcome Center to apply for admission, receive advising or obtain more information.
Green River offers an excellent education at a relatively low cost. Tuition rates are set by the Washington state legislature, and are always significantly lower than at either public or private four-year schools.
As soon as you are accepted for admission, contact the Financial Aid Office at (253) 833-9111, ext.2440 or visit the staff on the second floor of the Lindbloom Student Center to get started.
Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study jobs. In addition to traditional financial aid, students may be eligible for financial assistance through one of our many Workforce Education programs.
Finding your way around campus
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Green River offers two independent retraining workshops to veteran court reporting professionals like you who want to work as a realtime court reporter, CART provider or captioner. Classes are held on an as-needed basis.
Realtime Retraining: This hands-on workshop will help you transition to a true realtime writing ability that you can utilize as a court reporter, CART provider or broadcast captioner. There is additional practice required. Equipment required: Realtime-capable steno machine, laptop with court reporting software, plus all cables, cords and software key.
Broadcast Captioning Workshop: This hands-on workshop is taught by an experienced captioner and Green River instructors Lori L. Rapozo and Sidney Weldele-Wallace. Successful completion of this workshop and writing assignments will enable you to begin a career in broadcast captioning. There is additional practice required and writing assignments that must be completed. Equipment required: Realtime-capable steno machine, laptop with court reporting software, plus all cables, cords and software key.
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Call or email if interested in attending one of these classes, which are held on an as-needed basis:
CEU credits may be applied for through NCRA.
The Computer Reporting Technologies Program has a day and evening section. For information on the evening section, please contact Barb Ladderud.
Lori L. Rapozo, CCR, RPR, CRI
I am a proud graduate of Green River College’s Court Reporting Program. I began reporting in 1980 and officially stopped reporting, but not writing on my machine, in 1992. During those years, I was a freelance court reporter with extensive reporting in the federal court system. I’ve reported all over Washington state and also in my home state of North Dakota.
My teaching career began in the Tri-Cities, where I taught privately. I also began an evening Court Reporting program at Columbia Basin College. Here I taught for three years before moving to Yakima and then back to Western Washington to continue my court reporting career. I began teaching at Green River College in the fall of 1991.
I enjoy overseeing the court reporting interns and coordinating with the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools to report their mock depositions and mock trials. I started implementing online court reporting courses in the spring of 2002, and currently teach onsite and online courses. Presently, I am serving on NCRA's Council on Approved Student Education, local committees, and I help facilitate the NCRA exams and Washington CCR exam.
In 2001, I was honored with Green River's Distinguished Faculty award and in 2009, I received NCRA's CASE Instructor of the Year award. The students energize me and I truly enjoy the opportunity to help them achieve their goals.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy snow skiing, kayaking, and hiking with my family and friends. My hobbies include cross-stitch, cooking, baking, and holding babies.
Contact Information: Location: SH220-48 Office Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4219 Email Lori
Sidney Weldele-Wallace, CRI, CPE
Sidney is a graduate of Green River’s Court Reporting Program. A native of Montana, Sidney worked as a freelance court reporter in Missoula. Upon returning to Washington State, Sidney joined the faculty at Green River College in 1991, implementing the program’s first CAT technology classes and later creating the program’s Captioning degree.
Sidney moved from teaching speedbuilding in the classroom to online instruction in 2004. Sidney feels extremely honored to work with the high caliber of students enrolled in the Computer Reporting Technologies program as they progress toward the attainment of their academic and professional goals. Sidney is a member of WCRA and NCRA. She serves as Co-Chair of NCRA’s Court Reporting Program Advisory Committee.
A strong proponent of captioning and CART, Sidney’s passion for realtime technology employed for the benefit of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community is both professional and personal. Her youngest daughter was born with profound hearing loss and is a daily consumer of captioning. Sidney serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss. She has been a member of the Board as a parent and captioning/CART professional representing the 8th District since 2001.
Sidney also serves as Chair of Green River’s Business Division. Sidney was honored as recipient of Green River’s Faculty Excellence Award and Distinguished Faculty Award in 2014.
When not working at Green River College, Sidney enjoys singing professionally within the greater Puget Sound area, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and traveling back to Montana for family visits.
Contact Information: Location: SH220-62 Office Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4705 Email Sidney
Barb Ladderud - Adjunct
I started my career as a computer programmer for Boeing, but had also trained to teach high school math and science. I became interested in court reporting while serving on jury duty. After attending Green River College’s Reporting Program, I did some work as a CART provider. Now, as a college instructor, I get to blend all those things together into one incredible job. I have been teaching evening classes at Green River College since 2006 and became a Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) through NCRA in early 2008.
When not dictating or grading papers, I like to watch Survivor and read sci-fi/fantasy novels. I also like to spend time with my husband and teenage daughter, especially on our annual summer road trip. There’s nothing like 24/7 in a Subaru to promote family togetherness. My husband restores classic cars and my daughter plays the saxophone and is a camp counselor in the summer, so there is rarely a dull moment around the Ladderud household.
Contact Information: Location: SH220 Office Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4693 Email Barb
Joan Rikansrud - Adjunct
Hello! My name is Joan Rikansrud! As a previous student at Green River College, I graduated from the Court Reporting Department, earning the Business Division Award for High Achievement. I worked as a freelance court reporter in the Seattle area for approximately six years.
Unfortunately, a car accident left me unable to report any longer, and I found myself back at Green River, but this time in a teaching capacity! I instructed in the day and evening classes, working with beginning theory and speedbuilding students up to speeds of 140 wpm.
After a few years, I had an opportunity to work in court reporting sales at Stenograph as a district sales manager, where I utilized my court reporting and teaching skills to work with many state associations, court reporting and law firms, courthouses and captioning companies. I am now back at Green River, in a teaching capacity, and am very excited to see so many eager new students!
Contact Information: Location: SH220 Office Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4711 Email Joan
If you have any questions about our Computer Reporting Technology Program or the court reporting profession, our advisory committee members welcome your email. Bios on all members are listed to assist you in directing your email to the appropriate person.
Dixie Cattell, CCR, RPR Cattell & Associates
I graduated from Green River in 1980, working for a freelance agency for a year before venturing out on my own. Over the years my clientele grew to the point of needing to hire other reporters to help me. My business is located in Olympia, and I have recently opened the first public videoconferencing room in the Olympia area. I love reporting and technology and would welcome questions from any students. I would love to share with you any knowledge I can to help make the transition easier from student to working reporter.
My hobbies include: boating in the San Juan's every summer, downhill skiing, biking, gardening, horseshoes, reading and cross-stitch.
Kasey Manning, CART provider
I have been working as a CART provider in the educational field since 2001. I've worked at the high school, community college and university levels, both on site and online. I do remote CART work over the internet and have captioned classes all over the United States and in Canada.
When not working, I enjoy crafts, reading and Husky football. I look forward to any questions or concerns you may have about educational captioning.
Vicki Sproat, CCR CART Provider
I am a former Green River Computer Reporting Technologies student. While in the CRPT program, I was a student volunteer providing CART for the Auburn Self-Help for Hard of Hearing (SHHH) chapter (now Hearing Loss Association of America, HLAA) and continued after leaving Green River and obtaining my CCR. I was employed as an editor for Caption Colorado on financial calls from 2003-2004.
I obtained my Washington CCR license in 2007 and am currently working toward RPR, CCP and CRR certifications.
I currently provide CART services primarily in the university setting but also other environments, including:
- company conventions, meetings, seminars
- Microsoft team meetings and seminars
- physician and pre- & post-operative appointments
- college graduations
- Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center community forums
- DSHS/DVR meetings and training
- Pierce County Superior Court proceedings
- Pierce County Sheriff’s Department contract negotiations
- Pierce County Emergency Management Training seminars
- homeowner association meetings
In my spare time I enjoy boating anywhere in Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands and training my mini Australian Shepherd in agility. I also enjoy photography, birding, camping and vegetable gardening. I've been a 5-year team member on the MSfits in Tena Shoes for MS Walk Seattle.
Kim Rashell, Broadcast Captioner VITAC
I am a real-time broadcast captioner. I have been employed as a captioner since 2006, first with Caption Colorado, and since June 2011, with VITAC. As a broadcast captioner, I caption local and national television shows in real time. Some examples of the kinds of programming I work on are national shopping network broadcasts, national/local news programming, and live sporting events. I've captioned every kind of sporting event imaginable, from horse racing to rugby, hockey to football, even the Olympic Games. I am a full-time employee, which means I am on the air from 22-25 hours a week, but I also get to work from home.
When I'm not in front of my computer, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young children. I love my job because it allows me to be a stay-at-home mom during the day and work at night. At the same time, I am able to have a full-time salary without ever having to worry about daycare or sitters for my kids.
Kristin Vickery, CCR Seattle Deposition Reporters
I am a freelance court reporter and a former student of Green River College's Computer Reporting Technologies Court Reporting program. I currently serve as a board member on the program's advisory committee. I obtained my Washington state CCR in 2007 and I am currently working with Seattle Deposition Reporters. My experience spans from depositions to board hearings. In my spare time, I enjoy whitewater rafting.
Lauren Harty, CCR Seattle Deposition Reporters
Jamie Booker, Official Court Reporter, Pierce County Courthouse
Advisory Member 2001-2015
Thank you for your dedication to students and the profession.
Kylie Hammington, CCR, RPR Hammington Reporting LLC
Student Association (CRSA)
CRSA Student Officers
Co-Presidents: Alex Fleming and Shannon Dougherty
Vice President: Mari Alis
Secretary: Kelsie Alford
Treasurer: Jennifer Ramirez-Dardon
Newsletter: Molly Vandevanter
Steno Notes is the Court Reporting Student Association (CRSA) Newsletter. This newsletter is published quarterly.
- January 2017, issue 1, volume 15
- August 2016, issue 1, Volume 14
- June 2014, issue 2, Volume 12
- January 2014, issue 1, Volume 12
- June 2013, issue 2, Volume 2
- January 2013, issue 1, Volume 2
- June 2012, issue 2, Volume 10
- January 2012 , issue 1, Volume 10
- May 2011 - issue 2, Volume 9
- December 2010 - issue 1, Volume 9
Here is what former students are saying about our program:
Eleanor Mitchell, CCR, RPR, Yamaguchi Obien Mangio
I can’t say enough about the training I received in the Green River College Court Reporting Program. From the qualified and truly caring instructors, to the relevant and timely curriculum, I was prepared for any and every situation when I began reporting. While the course content is rigorous, it is worth it when you can tackle any subject matter outside the classroom. And there were many opportunities to apply the classroom teaching to real-world scenarios through mock trials, realtime scenarios and in-depth procedures classes. I am privileged to call myself a Green River College graduate.
Kim Rashell, VITAC
After being laid off from a job in the pharmaceutical industry, I did quite a lot of soul searching and decided that my next path would lead me to a career rather than a job. I turned to the Court Reporting Technologies Program at Green River College and have never looked back. The instruction and opportunities offered through the college led me to a career as a closed captioner with a prestigious national captioning company. Now, instead of answering to a boss looking over my shoulder, I answer to my toddler as I get to be a work-at-home mommy. It’s the best of both worlds. I love my new career, and I owe it all to my training at Green River.
Jessica L. Turner, Official Court Reporter, Montana Seventh Judicial District
When deciding on a career, flexibility and freedom were utmost in my mind. When I discovered the Court Reporting Technologies Program at Green River College, I knew I had found the perfect fit for my life. The program offered me a well-rounded and thorough education, encompassing all the various fields where I could apply my skills I had developed through the guidance and training of the teachers. Since receiving my Associate in Applied Arts in Court Reporting Technology, I have found employment in the Seventh Judicial District Court for the state of Montana. Now two years down the road, I am enjoying a rewarding career in a part of the country I love.
News & Events
Scholarships now available for one year, tuition-free training toward employment in the high-tech, career fields of realtime court reporting or captioning!
For course descriptions, please see the college catalog.
Lori L. Rapozo, CCR, RPR, CRI
Location: SH220-48 Office
Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4219
Sidney Weldele-Wallace, CRI, CRE
Location: SH220-62 Office
Phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4705