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STLCC to Conduct Information Session on Information Reporting Technology Program

July 02, 2012

Information Reporting Technology equipment  
St. Louis Community College's Information Reporting Technology
program prepares students for careers in judicial reporting and live
event broadcast captioning.

The adage that practice makes perfect certainly rings true with Suzanne Zes.

As a former St. Louis Community College student-athlete, Zes understands the importance of practicing for hours to hone skills. That same attribute serves Zes well in her career as a court reporter.

“It takes a lot of individual practice outside of school, and if you don’t put in the practice time, you will not see the results,” said Zes, who earned her associate degree in judicial reporting in December 2010 and has been employed by Midwest Litigation Services for one year.

Zes’ varied duties include taking depositions, producing transcripts and handling exhibits. She also transcribes planning and zoning meetings, board of adjustment meetings and hearings for municipalities throughout the St. Louis area.

Training for this career field takes a tremendous amount of individual effort; however, Zes said she appreciated the team approach employed by the STLCC Information Reporting Technology staff.

“I was not just a face in a sea of students,” she said. “Everyone was supportive of one another, and it was great to be around people who were encouraging and wanted to see you succeed. The networking events allowed me to meet positive, influential reporters, and the internship experience at the end of the program was the best tool I could have had to prepare me for a career in this field.”

St. Louis Community College’s Information Reporting Technology program prepares students for careers in judicial reporting and live event broadcast captioning. Graduates work as full-time and freelance court reporters. Skilled real-time reporters also pursue careers as broadcast captioners who provide real-time TV captions; as Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) reporters, aiding deaf and hearing-impaired clients; and as webcast captioners, providing real-time captions for business and corporate clients, often via the Internet. This program is the only one in Missouri certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). This entire program is available online and is one of the few fully-certified online court reporting programs in the United States.

Discover if a career in information reporting technology is right for you. St. Louis Community College is hosting an information session 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in Room 200 in the Student Center at the Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Road. Prospective students will:

  • Learn about academic requirements and career options.
  • Participate in interactive sessions.
  • Find out how to get started at STLCC.

For more information or to register, call 314-539-5002 or visit www.stlcc.edu/programs/irt. Individuals with disabilities who have accommodation needs should call 314-539-5002.