Morning, Afternoon and Evening Classes available both in-house and distance training.
Training an individual to become proficient in many areas of the captioning profession. The course is designed so captioners will be able to work and be successful in several different areas of captioning such as television, internet, live and delayed broadcasting, CART (assisting deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals). A student may choose to focus more on one area than others depending on the student’s goals and capabilities.
Upon completion of the Captioning Machine Program, a student shall be able to make a choice of either working with a captioning company for Internet captioning both live and delayed broadcast. Students may also choose to work for a captioning company for live television and/or delayed broadcasting. Graduates may also wish to enter the field of CART and provide real-time assistance to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals attending universities, colleges and high schools both in-house and by remote.
Students may find employment with companies worldwide that provide captioning for television, financial institutions, hospitals and medical providers, online high school, middle school and grade school programs for deaf and other individuals as well as captioning conventions and seminars.
This program is competency based, student’s progress in the program at their own individual pace and will be tested after each task completion. Students must complete the 922 hours and maintain passing grades in this course to receive diploma and be tested for their captioning performance qualification certification. If a student dos not complete the 922 hours or maintain passing grades they will receive neither diploma nor certification.
CT 100 Computerized Machine Shorthand Theory | 96 contact hours
This course covers stenographic theory and develops the foundation for machine shorthand writing. The student will focus on learning to adapt to a 24-key machine and learning the principles and rules of writing a phonetic shorthand and an introduction to abbreviations and phrases to utilize in writing. Students will use their textbook and audio recordings and instructor’s guidelines to prepare their assignments. Students will be expected to be prepared when called on in live class and contribute. Every tenth lesson is an examination lesson over the previous nine lessons. One-on-one student/instructor classes, six hours per week video conferencing.
CT 101 Computerized Machine Speed Development 1 | 192 contact hours
Students will continue to develop their machine writing technique skills. Each student should devote a minimum of 15 hours of weekly practice time while in this course. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy and punctuation grades on transcribed material tests. They should pass at three, five-minute timed test at 95% accuracy or better at a minimum of 100 wpm. Students will practice on single and two-voice material at controlled speeds of 60, 80 and 100wpm.
CT 102 Computerized Machine Speed Development 2 | 256 contact hours
Students will continue to develop their machine writing technique skills. Students must pass skills tests of 95% accuracy in all three categories of Q&A, Jury Charge, Literary timed material. Each student should devote a minimum of 15 hours of weekly practice time while in this course. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy and punctuation grades on transcribed material tests. They should pass at least three, five minute timed tests at 95% accuracy or better at a minimum speed of 160 wpm. Students will practice on single and multi-voice material at controlled speeds of 120, 140 and 160wpm.
CT 103 Computerized Machine Speed Development 3 | 256 contact hours
This course will continue to develop student writing technique. Students must pass skill tests in QA, Jury Charge and Literary timed materials. Each student should devote a minimum of 15 hours of weekly practice time while in this course. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy and punctuation grades on transcribed material tests. They should pass at least three, five minute timed tests at 95% accuracy or better at a minimum speed of 225 wpm. Students will practice on single and multi-voice materials at controlled speeds of 180, 200 and 225wpm.
CT 300 Machine Captioning Internship | 42 contact hours
Students begin an on-the-job internship and spend 42 hours of actual time under supervision that will include 12 hours of research and word development and 30 hours of machine writing. Interns will apply all aspects of court reporting and producing transcripts and indexes. Students will submit two transcribed depositions and/or court hearings totaling 40 pages or more for each realtime assignment. Students will intern in local courthouses and with deposition firms.
Prerequisites: CT 103
VT 400 Technology 1 | 16 contact hours
Students will learn to operate and write for the computer using the computerized writer, read, translate, edit and print transcript material on CAT, as well as create and use permanent job dictionaries. Students will also perform editing and utility functions and understand computer technology. Basic Windows operating skills will be taught.
VT 401 English Grammar and Punctuation 1 | 16 contact hours
This is a course that focuses on the application of punctuation, grammar, spelling, capitalization, vocabulary development and number usage within the context of the spoken English language and proofreading of printed dictated material.
CT 301 Machine Captioning Applications 1 | 24 contact hours
The purpose of this course is to impart the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified realtime closed captioner. The focus of this course will be on tools of the trade, computer skills, trouble management and pre- and post-test banks. Students will concentrate on Internet calls to include financial and CART.
Prerequisite: VT400, CT102 or CT103
CT302 Machine Captioning Applications 2 | 24 contact hours
This course will impart the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified realtime closed captioner. The focus of this course will be on tools of the trade, computer skills, trouble management and testing in the area of live television captioning. Students will continue to improve in on Internet live and delayed captioning.