May 18, 2022

DMACC court reporting program nominated for several awards

Newton Daily News

In just its second year in existence, the Realtime Court Reporting Program at Des Moines Area Community College Newton Campus has been nominated for several awards by the Journal of Court Reporting. The JCR has nominated the DMACC program for awards in the following categories: Community Outreach, Use of Technology, Leadership and Team Building, Marketing and Customer Service and Service in a Nonlegal Setting.

The JCR is a publication of the National Court Reporters Association. DMACC is the only NCRA member to be nominated in all five JCR Award categories.

“We are honored to be recognized by our peers at the NCRA. This award demonstrates the vision and collaboration of DMACC administration and the Iowa Court Reporters Association to keep court reporting education alive in Iowa,” said DMACC Court Reporting Program Chair Dr. Patti Ziegler. “This partnership has created incredible learning opportunities four our students and will soon provide court reporters for the state of Iowa.”

DMACC has the only court reporting program in Iowa. The DMACC Court Reporting Program was started in the fall of 2014 to help meet the demand for court reporters. Skills learned in the DMACC 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.

Four students are on track to be the first DMACC Court Reporting Program graduates this summer.

This is the first year the JCR has given out the awards. According to the JCR website, the awards were conceived as a way to recognize and highlight the exemplary professionalism, community service and business practices of NCRA members.

Winners will be announced in the mid-March JCR edition.