High school students and adult learners in South Dakota interested in an in-demand and rewarding career as a court reporter or captioner are encouraged to consider the Judicial Reporting remote program offered by Anoka Technical College in Minnesota.
Anoka Technical College offers an associate in applied science degree in Judicial Reporting and related certificates in Broadcast Captioning and Scoping/Proofreading. Students learn the latest technology, known as realtime, which is used in depositions, courtrooms, Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART) and broadcast captioning.
“This remote learning experience via Zoom is an exciting alternative to online programs where a student is merely completing assignments and turning them in,” said Kelli Lardy, Official Court Reporter and President-Elect of South Dakota Court Reporters Association (SDCRA). “The SDCRA is assisting students in the Anoka Tech program by providing each South Dakota student with a working court reporter mentor to further enrich their learning experience.”
Many court reporters work as freelance reporters or independent contractors outside the courtroom in depositions and other situations requiring official transcripts, such as arbitration hearings. Broadcast captioners and CART providers provide instantaneous realtime translation for public events, religious services, webcasts, television programming and educational services.
“The demand for court reporters is great,” said Anoka Tech Judicial Reporting Faculty member, Jennifer Sati. “South Dakota’s Unified Judicial System currently has open court reporter positions, with salaries beginning at $46,000 plus additional transcript income, along with health insurance and retirement benefits. The demand is expected to increase dramatically in the next five years due to retirements.”
CourtReporterEDU.org reports that annual salaries for court reporters in South Dakota range
from $54,710 to $62,080 based on experience. They also report nearly half of the court reporters in South Dakota are eligible for retirement within the next decade so demand will continue to increase.
“Court reporting is such a great option for people interested in a career in the legal field without the requirement of a four-year degree,” Sati concluded. “It offers great pay and flexibility and the role is vital to our legal system. With this expanded offering, we can help our neighboring state prepare for the demand for court reporters in South Dakota.”
Learn more about the Anoka Technical College Judicial Reporting online program today at AnokaTech.edu/Judicial Reporting