May 21, 2024

DMACC to hold two information sessions about court reporting

Court Reporters are at the center of interesting judicial trials and fascinating events. The Des Moines Area Community College Newton campus offers Iowa’s only Court Reporting Program. The program is also certified by the National Court Reporters Association.

DMACC is offering two Information Sessions for those interested in learning more about this in-demand career.

Skills learned in this Associate of Applied Science Degree Program can be applied in several careers including court reporting in courtrooms, pre-trial depositions, live-event captioning for deaf or hearing-impaired and captioning for TV broadcast.

The starting annual salary for an Official Iowa Court Reporter is $50,000, according to the state salary database.

“The DMACC Newton Campus is thrilled to have added the Court Reporting Program,” said DMACC Court Reporting Program Department Chair Dr. Patti Ziegler. “The courses in this two-year program are structured and fast-paced. Students learn a very unique set of skills that can be used anywhere in the country. They also have several opportunities to network with professional court reporters throughout the program.”

The free DMACC Court Reporting Information Sessions are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Newton DMACC Campus, Room 118, 600 N. Second Ave., W.

Attendees will get a chance to meet professional court reporters. They will also learn about registration and financial aid opportunities. Enrollment is limited. Call or email Nicole Kalkwarf at 641-791-1723 or to sign up.

“We are grateful for DMACC’s extensive involvement and support of this rewarding profession,” said NCRA President Stephen A. Zinone, an official court reporter from New York.