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College of Court Reporting: #iheartccr (for 30 years!) and here's why...

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Written by: Natalie Kijurna

 

In 1984, Kay Moody made a life-changing decision.  That was the year she decided to take matters into her own hands and start College of Court Reporting (CCR) - no small task considering she had four children and money was tight.  But, undaunted, she unselfishly brought three students into her living room and started teaching.  Fast forward 30 years.  Today, College of Court Reporting’s President is her son, Jeff Moody, and Kay is in retirement.  Okay, even Kay will tell you that’s not entirely true.  Her expertise is too important not to have her involved in the day-to-day operations, but she’s supposed to be in retirement.  Maybe.  Someday.

 

So what’s happened in 30 years?  Well, the school moved to its current location in Hobart, Indiana, and grew to over 220 students.  Additionally, the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education (BPE) and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) granted CCR full accreditation.  The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) granted CCR approval on November 1, 1987, and CCR was the first school to be certified by NCRA for its online program in 2006.  CCR earned, through the U.S. Department of Education’s Training for Realtime Writer’s grant competitions, over $540,000 in grant funding, which was used to provide scholarships and curriculum enhancement.  A new theory was created along with an educator-based philosophy for teaching adult learners.  Brilliant new cutting-edge technology was introduced and now utilized by several court reporting schools across the country.  CCR currently has 9 full-time administrators, several part-time administrators, and over 20 teachers, most of whom are Certified Reporting Instructors or are academic teachers with advanced degrees.  Add this to the exceptional students who hail from not only around the United States but from around the world, and you have just a tiny look into how CCR grew over the last 30 years.  Not bad.  Not bad at all. 

 

The most exciting change, however, is that since the school opened, there are 400+ alumni who walked out CCR’s doors (or if they were online, their own door) to pursue their dreams.  This article is really about them.  In fact, it was written and created to honor and showcase some of our alumni from the past 30 years.  CCR is honoring them, including those not mentioned, for their belief in what this field has to offer, as well as their passion, stamina, grit, and determination in completing the program.  CCR also wants to showcase and honor them for their fortitude in keeping up with the profession by writing, CARTing, captioning, and transcribing their hearts out every single day. 

 

CCR sends hearty congratulations to ALL of its alumni over the past 30 years.  We wouldn’t be here if you weren’t, and we plan on continuing our quest to prepare and produce the best court reporters not only in the United States but in the world.  Here are just a few of our superstars (in no particular order):

 

Nadine C., RBC (5/2012)

Huntersville, North Carolina

Voice Transcriptionist, Caption Colorado  

 

Josephine Ross (5/2012)

Crown Point, IN

Court Reporter, Lake County Juvenile Court

 

Leah Klitzke, RPR (9/2004)

Alexandria, MN

Freelance Reporter

 

Debbie Anderson (9/2000)

Chesterton, IN

Owner, Anderson Court Reporting

 

Andrea Dalsing (1/2014)

Oswego, IL

Voice Captionist, Caption Colorado

 

Michelle, Illinois CSR (9/2010)

Joliet, IL

Freelance Reporter

 

Jennifer Mashuga (5/2013)

Chicago, IL

Voice Transcriptionist, Caption Colorado

 

Laura Tharp (1/2005)

Kouts, IN

 

Hannah J. Kwiatkowski (5/2013)

Cedar Lake, IN

Court Reporter, Iseminger & Associates

 

Christine Kutanovski (9/2006)

Crown Point, IN

Official Court Reporter, LaPorte Circuit Court

 

Bernadette Farran (1/2010)

Drums, PA

Freelance Court Reporter, AccuScript Court Reporters

 

Pattie Feucht (1/2013) RPR

Hollywood, FL

Court Reporter, United Reporting Inc.

 

Brittany Mahle (5/2014)

Rosenberg, TX

Communication Assistant, InnoCaption

 

Tracy McCullough (7/1989)

Hobart, IN

 

Brittany Shaw (5/2012)

Indianapolis, IN

Freelance Reporter, Circle City Reporting

 

Shay N. Sullivan (9/2007) RPR WKT

Gary, IN

Court Reporter, Fissinger & Associates

 

Jody K. Pope (1/2007) Washington CCR, RPR

Spokane, WA

Freelance Court Reporter, Storey & Miller

 

Gina Powell (1/2013)

Northport, AL

Voice Transcriptionist, Caption Colorado

 

Jennifer Goodrich (9/2010) RPR

Dallas, GA

Transcriptionist, AST

 

Joshua Foley (1/2011)

Washington D.C.

CART Provider/Captioner, various employers

 

Dina C. Riffett (1/2003)

Wheatfield, IN

CART Provider, self-employed

 

Jolene Isdale (1/2010) Connecticut CSR  

Newtown, CT

Owner, Jolene Isdale, LLC

 

Marie Tibaldi (1/2014)

Easton, PA

Voice Transcriptionist

 

Jessica M. Warner Phipps (9/2000) Illinois CSR, RPR

Valparaiso, IN

Freelance Court Reporter, Jensen Litigation Solutions

 

Nicole L. Gagna (9/1997)

Portage, IN

Freelance Court Reporter, KB Court Reporting, Inc.

 

Brittany Curchoe (9/2010)

Bellefonte, PA

Official Court Reporter, Centre County Courthouse

 

Gretchen Fox (5/2007) RPR

Greenwood, IN

Court Reporter, Stewart Richardson

 

Traci Gidley (5/2005) Illinois CSR, RPR

Tinley Park, IL

Court Reporter, Jensen Reporting

 

Traci Peoples (9/2009)

Westerville, OH

Professional Court Reporter, Anderson Reporting Services

 

Alice D. Hadden (5/2002)

Portage, IN

Official Court Reporter, Porter County Government

 

Stacy Drohosky (1/1995) RPR, CRR, FCRR, Indiana CSR, Illinois CSR, CRI

Crown Point, IN

Official Court Reporter, U.S. District Court

 

Angela Mendoza (9/2004)

Hobart, IN

Freelance Court Reporter/Transcriber, Fissinger & Associates/Automatic Sync Technologies

 

Deborah Cohen-Rojas (5/2007) Illinois CSR, RPR

Gurnee, IL

Official Court Reporter, 19th Judicial Circuit Court

 

Shannon Gniadek (1/2007)

Hobart, IN

CART Provider, Terry’s Transcripts

 

Bob Strohl (1/2014)

Easton, PA

Voice Transcriptionist, Caption Colorado

 

Jennifer Mackay (1/2014)

New Lenox, IL

Audio Transcription/Scopist

 

Rachelle Cahoon (5/2014)

Boise, ID

Court Reporter, Tucker & Associates

 

Jade Ledbetter (1/2013) Illinois CSR, RPR

Vandalia, IL

Official Court Reporter, Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge’s Office

 

Christie Leatiota (9/2011) CCR, RPR

Bothell, WA

Court Reporter, Snohomish County Courthouse

 

Shannon M. Niekamp (1/2014) Illinois Restricted CSR

Qunicy, IL

Court Reporter, Adams County Courthouse

 

Barb Hartwig (1/2012) RCP, RBC

Appleton, WI

Voice Transcriptionist, Caption Colorado

 

Jena Skorczewski (9/2008) CRI

Brandon, SD

Unified Judicial System State of South Dakota

 

Solange Ruiz-Uribe (5/2012)

Huntersville, NC

Freelance Court Reporter, A. William Roberts Jr. & Associates

 

Rebecca Mockbee (5/2008)

Danville, IL

 

Angie Shaw (5/2014)

Mustang, OK

 

Stephanie Lindsay (5/2010)

Rupert, ID

Transcriptionist

 

Christine A. Kovaleski (5/2009)

Lake Winola, PA

Court Reporter, various court reporting agencies

 

Amy Schleinz (9/2013)

Wausau, WI

Voice Transcriptionist

 

Nicolle Benjamin (1/2014)

Glend, CA

 

Cinta Corbin (2/2011)

Detroit, MI

 

 

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