NCRA legislative efforts yield more than $1.1 million in grants to court reporting schools
Four court reporting schools — the College of Court Reporting (Ind.), San Antonio College (Texas), MacCormac College (Ill.), and Green River Community College (Wash.) — have received training grants from the Department of Education that amount to $ 1,108,869. The College of Court Reporting received $300,000; San Antonio received $214,878; MacCormac College received $295,850; and Green River Community College received $298,141. The funds were issued as part of the Training for Realtime Writers grants that NCRA fought to implement for more than a decade.
Upon the announcement of the funds, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “These grants will fill a void in training and job placement for realtime writers. Whether it’s court reporting or closed captioning for television, their grants will help train and employ people who provide essential services to all of us, especially to those who may have a disability.”
To secure these grants for court reporting programs, NCRA embarked on a sustained legislative campaign over multiple legislative cycles. Over this time, nearly $14 million through 32 different earmarks were provided to different schools. The legislative campaign culminated in 2009 with the passage of the Higher Education Act, which included funding for the Training for Realtime Writers Grant. Since that time, the total amount of money that NCRA has helped court reporting schools secure has surpassed $16 million.
NCRA will continue to support our Participating and Certified Schools to ensure that high caliber students continue to attend and graduate from court reporting programs. NCRA’s Government Relations Department will continue to lobby for funding for our court reporting programs with members of Congress. If you have any additional questions, please contact Adam Finkel in the NCRA’s Government Relations Department.