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NCRA Legislative Efforts Result in $979,000 of Grants to 3 Schools

September 21, 2011

Huntington Junior College (WV), Cuyahoga Community College (OH), and the New York Career Institute (NY) have received a pair of grants from the Department of Education amounting to $979,000. The grants were issued as part of the Training for Realtime Writers funds that NCRA fought to implement for many years to help fulfill the requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

In announcing the grant for Huntington Junior College, Representative Nick Rahall (WV-3) proclaimed, "Huntington Junior College is well versed in the growing field of communication technologies. Putting focused skills in the hands of those armed with a higher education degree is a powerful career-building opportunity." When heralding the grant for Cuyahoga Community College, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10) stated, "Court reporting is a valuable service. These federal funds will help support a vital program, improve training and recruitment, and help program graduates find good jobs serving the community."

To garner these grants for court reporting programs, NCRA sustained a legislative campaign spanning multiple legislative cycles over eight years and brought our certified and participating schools nearly $14 million through 32 different earmarks. This process culminated in 2009 with the passage of the Higher Education Act, which included funding for the Training for Realtime Writers Grants. With the Training for Realtime Writers grants in place since 2009, that total has now surpassed $15 million.

NCRA has long supported our Participating and Certified schools and will continue to work to ensure that high caliber students continue to attend and graduate court reporting programs. If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Adam Finkel in NCRA's Government Relations Department.