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SAC receives grant for Court Reporter Program, realtime writing training

Court Reporter Program gets Dept. of Education grant

SAN ANTONIO, TX (AUG. 3, 2012)  - The San Antonio College Court Reporting Program is among four colleges in the nation to share more than  $1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education. SAC will receive  $214,878 to help train and find jobs for realtime writers (closed captioning).

The Department’s Training for Realtime Writers (TRTW) program provides grants to assist court reporting and captioning programs with recruiting and training realtime writers.

“This is an excellent opportunity for SAC students to benefit from the technology and training that serves the needs of the community. This will also enable people from around the state to realize their potential in this growing industry,” said Dr. Robert Zeigler, president of San Antonio College. 

San Antonio College will use the grant funds in the three-year program to expand and improve the current training program for realtime captioners, this includes:

§  partnering with industry to update/improve captioning courses to train faculty;

§  partner with community agencies, school districts and campus partners to increase student enrollment;

§  purchase equipment and software for a realtime captioning laboratory;

§  implement captioning internship and job placements;

§  establish a student mentorship program;

§  and share curricula and effective student recruitment and retention methods with other court reporting/realtime captioning training programs nationwide.

 The Court Reporting Program is part of the Administrative Computer Technology (ACT) department, Pat Woodard is the Program Coordinator.  The ACT Department offers 3 Level I Certificates, 1 Enhanced Skills Certificate, 1 Level II Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science Degree, A.A.S.

 The other grant recipients were:

  • College of Court Reporting, Hobart, Ind.
  • MacCormac College, Chicago, Ill.
  • Green River Community College, Auburn, Wash.

 For more information, contact Pat Woodward,  210-486-0544 or