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Northern Virginia site offers free NCRA A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program

Learn more about starting a lucrative career in court reporting or captioning without needing a four-year degree

RESTON, Va., Jan. 13, 2020 The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, is hosting a free, six-week, A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program in Springfield, Va., beginning Jan. 27. A career in court reporting or captioning does not require a four-year college degree and offers unlimited employment potential nationwide and abroad.

NCRA’s A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program is an introductory course in stenographic theory. It provides participants with the opportunity to learn the basics of writing on a steno machine and to discover if a career in the court reporting or captioning field is right for them. The timing of the course offering is perfect for high school seniors who are still considering what career path to follow upon graduation in the spring. The career path is also a viable one for military members post service, their spouses, career changers, or college graduates who decide their chosen field was not the right one for them.

“Imagine a career with a ringside seat to all the action. From capturing the official record in high-profile criminal trials, speeches on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, to major sporting events or breaking news, a career in court reporting or captioning can lead to unlimited opportunities,” said Cynthia Bruce Andrews, the NCRA Senior Director, Education & Certifications .

“If you’re looking for a career that is on the cutting edge of technology, offers the opportunity for work at home or abroad, like to write, enjoy helping others, and are fast with your fingers, then the fields of court reporting and captioning are careers you should explore,” she added.

Participants in the NCRA A to Z program will be taught how to write the basic alphabet, numbers, and some simple words on real stenography machines by volunteer professionals working in the court reporting and captioning arenas. These program leaders will also share insights into the many aspects of court reporting and captioning that make it a viable profession, including good salaries, flexibility, interesting venues, and the increasing demand for more reporters and captioners to meet the growing number of employment opportunities available in the field.

The NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program is being held Jan. 27 through March 2, at 6:30 p.m., at 6820 Commercial Dr., Springfield, Va.

For more information or to register, contact Cynthia Bruce Andrews at or (703) 584-9058, or Rosalynn ‘Roz’ DiBartolo at or (703) - 870-0780.



About NCRA

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has been internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its 16,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator, and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020. For more information, visit




Annemarie Roketenetz
National Court Reporters Association
Director, Communications and PR
Tel: 703-584-9014 or

Court reporters and captioners available for interviews, steno machine and realtime demonstrations