Other Mentoring Programs
The following states and court reporters' groups have mentoring programs. If you would prefer to find a mentor in one of these categories, please click to go to their Web site or send an e-mail to the program coordinator.
Alabama Court Reporters Association
The Alabama Court Reporters Association Mentor Program matches court reporting students with experienced working court reporters within the state of Alabama to provide them with guidance, encouragement, and support. For more information about the program, go to www.alcra.org and click on "special interest" or e-mail Karen Reagan: firstname.lastname@example.org or Shannon Ball: email@example.com
Arizona Court Reporters Association
The Arizona association has started a mentoring program matching graduates with working reporters - so that the new reporters have a "buddy" for that first year of reporting. For more information, contact, Michele Balmer, the mentoring committee chairperson.
California Court Reporters Association (CCRA)
This program is designed to match up court reporting students with court reporter mentors. The purpose is to encourage, support, guide and nurture the next generation of court reporters through school and during the beginning stages of their new careers. There is no better person for this job than a working reporter who has been through it. Visit www.cal-ccra.org for more information.
Delaware Court Reporters Association
Delaware has no formal mentoring program; however, current state president Kurt Fetzer, RDR, CRR, has offered to find mentors for students interested in reporting in the state.
Deposition Reporters Association of California, Inc. (DRA)
Our mentoring program is designed to help court reporting students and new licensees transition into the real world of court reporting. Experienced DRA volunteers are ready to help with your questions by phone or e-mail. For more information and access to our downloadable mentoring forms, please visit our website at: http://www.caldra.org/mentor_program.asp.
Iowa Court Reporters Association
On behalf of the Iowa Court Reporters Association Student Enrollment Committee, we are seeking working Iowa court reporters to volunteer as on-line student mentors for court reporting students presently enrolled in court reporting classes at AIB. Some of our members are already mentors for court reporting students using e-mail and are finding this very enjoyable and worthwhile. There is a minimum time commitment involved that will reap a big reward to all who participate. You will be working with Iowa students who need the support and assistance of working Iowa reporters! The entire process is simple and easy. You can volunteer to become a student mentor by sending an e-mail reply to: Pam Day. You will then be e-mailed the information you need to become a student mentor, with thanks of the Student Enrollment Committee.
Kentucky Court Reporters Association
Kentucky kicked off a mentoring program at their 1999 annual convention. Their program matches students and educators with court reporters. For more information or to participate in the program, contact current state president Kathryn Parks, RPR.
Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters
A program designed to mesh the enthusiasm of the new reporter with the maturity of the more experienced reporter. MAPCR is pleased to announce that now new reporters can be matched up with an experienced reporter in order to provide someone for a newer reporter to go to for questions, advice, and encouragement. Please visit their site to fill out an application or email them for further information.
Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters & Captioners
Minnesota has a liaison between the court reporting schools and our association board, whose members answer students' questions. The Minnesota association also will find mentors for students if asked. Please e-mail your questions the association at its administrative office ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), and your question will be answered by an appropriate person.
Missouri Court Reporters Association
The Missouri Court Reporters Association started its Student Mentoring Program in the Fall of 1999. This program matches working reporters with students, in an effort to provide encouragement and support to reporting students. The association also offers a Student Sponsorship Program at the Annual Convention, where participating reporters pay for the student's registration fee at convention. For more information, please contact Diana Taylor, Student Mentoring Committee Chair.
Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association
Pennsylvania's mentoring program offers the chance to talk to Pennsylvania reporters and captioners. For more information, contact program coordinator Cheryl Hansberry.
Tennessee Court Reporters Association
The Student Mentoring Committee of TCRA links students to its list of mentors. The program coordinator, Terri Rae Beckham, also sends occasional technology information tidbits to students on the list for the program. To sign up, visit their Web site at www.tncra.com.
Virginia Court Reporters Association
One of the longest-running court reporting mentoring programs, the VCRA has nearly 100 participating students. Program coordinator Donna Linton said that students are also encouraged to sit in at depositions and trials when they are at the appropriate speeds. Visit www.vcra.net and the Student Center to complete an online application to participate in the VCRA Mentoring Program.