Academics

Computer Reporting Technologies (CRPT)

Court Reporting and Captioning

Important Information

Scholarships now available for one year, tuition-free training toward employment in the high-tech, career fields of realtime court reporting or captioning!

An exceptional scholarship opportunity is currently available for new students enrolled in Green River's Computer Reporting Technologies program. Students beginning their education toward either the Court Reporting or Captioning degrees are encouraged to apply for the Realtime Writers Scholarship which will cover all tuition costs for the traditional academic year (three quarters).

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.

Students interested in applying for this remarkable scholarship should contact Lori Rapozo at lrapozo@greenriver.edu or Sidney Weldele-Wallace at sweldele@greenriver.edu to request an application.

Scholarship funding made possible through a Department of Education grant.

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:

Court ReportingCourt 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
  • Courts
  • Freelance firms
  • Government offices
  • Hospitals/clinics
  • Insurance companies
  • Union meetings

Captioning:

Captioning 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
  • Conferences/seminars/workshops

Program Overview

Getting Started

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.

Financial aid

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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Professional Workshops

court reporting and captioning workshop 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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Location:
Green River Community College
12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092
BI (Business & Industry) Building, BI-9 entry

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Call or email if interested in attending one of these classes, which are held on an as-needed basis:

Lori Rapozo: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4219
Sidney Weldele-Wallace: (253) 833-9111, ext. 4705

CEU credits may be applied for through NCRA.

Faculty

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

Lori L. Rapozo, CCR, RPR, CRII am a proud graduate of Green River Community 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 Community 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 Weldele-Wallace, CRI, CRESidney 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 Community 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 Community 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

Barb Ladderud - AdjunctI 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 Community 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 Community 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

Joan Rikansrud - AdjunctHello! My name is Joan Rikansrud! As a previous student at Green River Community 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

Advisory Committee

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

Dixie Cattell, CCR, RPRI 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.

Email Dixie

Steve Crandall, J.D. ProMotion Arts, LLC

Steve Crandall, J.D.I describe myself as a serial entrepreneur and lifelong learner. An attorney and expert in digital media, I bring a unique perspective to helping companies develop new‐media solutions to old‐world problems. My current interests are business applications of social networks, streaming media, and the use of evolving technologies to deliver barrier‐free communication.

As an “army brat” who grew up all over the world, my exposure to a variety of cultures and lifestyles helped to shape my truly global perspective. I am passionate about diversity, inclusion and accessibility. My strong value system and sense of purpose were shaped by my father, Bruce “Snake” Crandall, a true American hero made famous in the movie We Were Soldiers and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam.

My previous experience as CEO of a multinational consulting firm providing marketing and client servicing to some of the world’s leading firms‐‐such as Chase Manhattan, Wells Fargo, Grady White Boats, Kleinwort Benson U.K., and the Government of Singapore--combined with my knowledge of technology, make me a natural and strategically powerful business partner.

At present, I am the managing director of ProMotion Arts, LLC, a full‐spectrum new media company that I founded in Seattle, Washington. ProMotion Arts works with clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, Vonage, General Mills, Hilti, and the state of Washington, among others, to deliver new media solutions and accessible communications via the web and traditional media.

Premiere Realtime, the legal services division of ProMotion Arts, offers a wide range of technology‐based solutions to law firms and corporate clients. I am an expert on the use of technology in litigation support and at trial and have worked on a number of high profile cases including the September 11 litigation, Exxon Valdez, City of Seattle vs. Professional Basketball Club, EEOC vs. United Airlines, Lucent vs. Microsoft, and U.S. Olympic Committee vs. S.O.C.

I am a guest faculty member at the Art Institute of Seattle in the Video Production and Digital Media Program, and have guest lectured on digital media at the University of Washington. I serve on the program advisory committees for both the Art Institute's Video Production Program and Green River Community College's Court Reporting and Captioning Program.

I earned my Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law, my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, and an Associate of Applied Arts in Video Production from the Art Institute of Seattle.

I hold a number of professional certifications and have received many awards and professional recognitions, including the Greater Seattle Business Association Business Man of the Year Award.

Email Steve

Kylie Hammington, CCR, RPR Hammington Reporting LLC

Kylie Hammington, CCR, RPRI am a graduate of the Green River Computer Reporting Technologies Program and have been a freelance reporter since 2000. After having worked for a local freelance firm for the past 14 years, I just recently opened my own firm, and I’m looking forward to all the successes and challenges that being a firm owner brings.

As a freelance reporter, I have focused the majority of my career on legal reporting; however, I spent some time working in the realtime sports captioning field as well, which was a really interesting experience. I stay actively involved in the reporting profession as a member of both NCRA and WCRA, and I have been a long-standing member of the GRCC Advisory Board.

In addition to reporting, my kids keep me very busy with their sports and extracurricular activities, and I am on several boards and committees at their schools.

As a graduate of Green River, it has never escaped me just how lucky I am to have graduated from such an amazing program with such dedicated instructors, and I am grateful every day for the opportunities I now have available to me because of it. I have always promised myself that I would continue to stay actively involved in the program and continue to contribute to the success of both the reporting program and the students who are enrolled in it. I sincerely invite any students to e-mail me or call me. I would truly love to talk with you.

Email Kylie

Kasey Manning, CART provider

Kasey ManningI 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.

Email Kasey

Vicki Sproat, CCR CART Provider

Vicki SproatI 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.

Email Vicki

Kim Rashell, Broadcast Captioner VITAC

Kim Rashell, Broadcast CaptionerI’ve been an employee of VITAC since June 2011. Prior to VITAC, I was employed with Caption Colorado for five years. As a broadcast captioner, I caption local and national television shows in real time. Some examples of the kinds of programming I work on every week are national weather programming, national shopping network broadcasts, national 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.

When I’m not in front of my computer, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 5-year-old son. I love my job because it allows me to be the stay-at-home mom that I want to be. At the same time, I am able to have a full-time salary without ever having to leave the house or worry about daycare or sitters for my son.

Email Kim

Kristin Vickery, CCR Seattle Deposition Reporters

Kristin Vickery, CCRI am a freelance court reporter and a former student of Green River Community 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.

Email Kristin

Student Association (CRSA)

CRSA Student Officers

Nicole Rubia, President
LaReina Ramirez, Vice President
Aleina Puente, Secretary
Katherine Hopper, Treasurer

STENO NOTES

Steno Notes is the Court Reporting Student Association (CRSA) Newsletter. This newsletter is published quarterly.

Testimonials

Here is what former students are saying about our program:

Eleanor Mitchell, CCR, RPR, Yamaguchi Obien Mangio

Eleanor Mitchell, CCR, RPRI can’t say enough about the training I received in the Green River Community 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 Community College graduate.

Kim Rashell, VITAC

Kim RashellAfter 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 Community 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

Jessica L. TurnerWhen deciding on a career, flexibility and freedom were utmost in my mind. When I discovered the Court Reporting Technologies Program at Green River Community 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.

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