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Grants for court reporting schools

Nearly $1.1 million in grants for court reporting schools announced

May 23, 2013

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Education announced that court reporting schools would be eligible for up to $1.1 million in funding from the Training for Realtime Writers grants. The DOE has made a maximum of $1,068,870 available to approximately three to four court reporting programs with grants averaging $200,000 to $300,000 each. These grants are designed to assist court reporting and captioning programs with recruiting and training more broadcast captioners to meet the demands for captioned television mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. According to a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the court reporters profession will grow up to 14 percent by 2020, and these grants will help schools recruit and train broadcast captioners, CART providers, and court reporters needed to fulfill the growing market demand.

NCRA spent nearly 10 years lobbying for the Training for Realtime Writers Act before finally having that language passed into law in 2009 as part of the Higher Education Act. Over that time, NCRA's Government Relations Department helped court reporting schools nationwide secure more than $14 million through 32 Congressional earmarks. Any eligible school can apply for the DOE grants by visiting the federal government's grants homepage. Last year, three court reporting schools secured nearly $1 million from the Training for Realtime Writers grants.

Please contact NCRA's Government Relations Department with any questions.