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 Voice Program, a student shall be able to make a choice of either working with a voice 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 170 hours and maintain passing grades in this course to receive diploma and be tested for their captioning performance qualification certification. If a student does not complete the 170 hours or maintain passing grades they will receive neither diploma nor certification.
VT 100 Computerized Voice-to-Text Theory | 48 contact hours | Tuesday & Thursday
This course covers voice-to-text theory and develops the foundation for voice writing. The student will focus on how to speak properly and learn how to develop and establish a consistent voice in order to improve speech recognition. Students will learn to speak at 140 words per minute (wpm) with 85-100 realtime accuracy. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy and knowledge. Prerequisite: None.
VT 201 Computerized Voice-to-Text Speed Development 1 | 24 contact hours | Tuesday & Thursday
Students will continue to develop their voice-to-text speech and technique skills. They will be in a minimum of 15 hours of financial internet calls and multi-voice speed dictations. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy and punctuation grades on transcribed material tests. They should pass at least one twenty-minute financial internet call with 85% realtime accuracy or better at a minimum of 180 wpm. Students will practice on single and two-voice material at controlled speeds of 140 – 180 wpm.
VT 202 Computerized Voice-to-Text Speed Development 2 | 48 contact hours | Tuesday & Thursday
Students will continue to develop their voice-to-text speech and recognition skills. They will be in a minimum of 15 hours of financial internet calls and multi-voice speed dictations. Grades for this course will be based on skill, speed, realtime accuracy and punctuation grades on transcribed material tests. They should pass at least one thirty-minute financial internet call with 85% realtime accuracy or better at a minimum speed of 240 wpm. Students will practice on single and multi-voice material at controlled speeds of 180 – 240wpm.
Prerequisite: VT100, VT201
VT 300 Voice Captioning Internship | 10 contact hours
Students begin an on-the-job internship and spend 10 hours of actual time under supervision that will include 3 hours of research and word development and 8 hours of voice-to-text captioning. Interns will apply all aspects of captioning and producing captions as a broadcast captioner. Students will submit two unedited financial calls of totaling one hour or unedited realtime captioned translation of five hours in each of the following categories: financial calls, television and government meetings which will be reviewed and graded by the instructor.
Prerequisites: VT 100, VT 201 & VT 202
VT 400 Technology 1 | 24 contact hours | Tuesday & Thursday
Students will be taught basic computer skills to include working with Dragon Naturally Speaking software Edition 13. Basic Windows operating skills will be taught.
VT 401 English Grammar and Punctuation 1 | 8 contact hours | Tuesday & Thursday
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.
VT301 Voice Captioning Applications 1 | 16 contact hours | Tuesday & Thursday
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, VT100, VT201