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IRT Program Provides Keys to Happiness for Ariana Jordan

Ariana Jordan

For Ariana Jordan, it was love at first sight.

“I was fascinated with this little machine with only 24 keys and no letters,” she recalls of her decision to pursue a career as a broadcast captioner. “Plus, I would have the option to work from home, and it was not a regular 9-to-5 job.”

A friend introduced Jordan to the information reporting technology program at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. Jordan opted to pursue a degree in Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) reporting because she wanted to work with broadcasting rather than working in the legal arena. Jordan also wanted to help others less fortunate than she, and as a CART provider she could be the ears for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

“I was very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be a CART provider for students at Meramec during my last semester in the program,” Jordan said. “It was very rewarding to accompany a student through his or her studies, watch them excel in their classes, and then graduate. Knowing that I helped them accomplish their goals as their CART provider was a wonderful experience. I am very grateful that STLCC fully prepared me for my current job.”

Today, Jordan, who lives in Kirkwood, heads her own company, Real-Time Ready Captions LLC, and also is a freelance broadcast captioner for Good Sport Captioning and CaptionMax. Jordan earned a certificate of proficiency with academic honors in information reporting technology. She credits the hands-on approach of instructors such as Judy Larson, as well as the support system of program graduates, with helping her complete this rigorous program, in which significant practice truly makes perfect.

”When I would become discouraged because I wasn’t able to pass a speed test as quickly as I wanted, there always was someone to encourage me and push me through,” Jordan said. “I was fortunate to be recruited during my last year at Meramec by a major captioning company, so the summer after I graduated, I worked with a mentor to become ‘TV ready’ the following September. I remember being challenged to keep up with a fast-talking news anchor and adding numerous words and spellings into my dictionary so that they would translate correctly through my real-time software.”