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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this fast-paced, high-energy session, learn about the latest and best apps that can help you improve your productivity, organize your day, and provide you with the necessary tools to be a rock star in the field. Including everything from reference apps to just plain stress-relieving fun, this session will give you resources you can start using right away. Total CEU 0.15

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    In this fast-paced, high-energy session, learn about the latest and best apps that can help you improve your productivity, organize your day, and provide you with the necessary tools to be a rock star in the field. Including everything from reference apps to just plain stress-relieving fun, this session will give you resources you can start using right away.

    Christine Phipps

    Christine Phipps is a court reporter with 26 years of experience. She owns Phipps Reporting, Inc., headquartered in North Palm Beach. She holds the national professional certification of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and the Realtime Systems Administrator certificate. She is also a licensed court reporter in New Jersey and Tennessee and is an Eclipse software trainer.
    At the national level, Phipps has co-chaired NCRA’s Technology Committee and Freelance Community of Interest Committee and served on the Association’s Strategic Alliance Task Force, its Education Content and Vendor Task Force committees. Phipps participated in the rewrite of NCRA’s Deposition Handbook, is a frequent contributor to the JCR, and a speaker at conventions. She has also served as a director for NCRA.
    She is the recipient of a number of business awards including Woman of Outstanding Leadership by the International Women’s Leadership Association and Most Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine. Her firm was included in Inc. magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

    Sara Wood

    Director of Membership & Marketing

    Sara L. Wood, MBA, CAE, is the Director of Membership & Marketing at the National Court Reporters Association in Reston, VA, where she manages strategic development for recruitment, retention, and marketing initiatives. A digital media expert, she is a regular speaker for both NCRA and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) presenting topics on advanced marketing and integrated recruitment models. In 2015 she earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology.  In addition to her day job, Sara also volunteers for the ASAE Membership Section Council developing educational content and new models for the association industry.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn how to efficiently navigate through the most notable operating system for business. Take a deep dive into key features of Windows 10 and Office 365 to gain a better understanding of its use cases. Total CEU 0.1

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    Learn how to efficiently navigate through the most notable operating system for business. Take a deep dive into key features of Windows 10 and Office 365 to gain a better understanding of its use cases. 

    Kenya Herring

    Kenya Herring was born and raised in the DMV metropolitan area. At an early age, she showed an affinity for technology that developed into an acuity for computer science and mathematics. Throughout her years growing up, her parents would enroll her in STEM summer camps that exposed young adults to technologies, such as computer programming and robotics. Being exposed to technology at an early age inspired Kenya to pursue a career in information technology. Additionally, the lack of minority characters playing the more techie-driven character inspired her to be the diversity that she wanted to see within the industry.

    In December of 2019, Kenya graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology with a concentration in System Administration from Bowie State University. She pursued her degree with partial funding through scholarships with her largest amount coming from the popular database management company, Oracle.

    Currently, Kenya works as an IT Specialist at an IT consulting firm in downtown Washington, D.C. Her current project entails administering and maintaining web systems in the AWS cloud for the D.C. Health Information Exchange.


  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This e-seminar takes a deep dive into what's needed to provide CART/Broadcast Captioning remotely. Total CEU 0.1

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    This e-seminar takes a deep dive into what's needed to provide CART/Broadcast Captioning remotely. Participants will be able to identify the equipment and streaming text platforms (including help resources) needed. Participants will also learn about available jobs for trained captioners and captioning tips.

    Heidi Thomas

    Thomas has been a court reporter since 1978 and a captioner since 1989. At the national level, Thomas served for six years on the NCRA Realtime Certification Committee, which developed the Certified CART Provider (CCP) and Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC) certifications. She was also part of the team that developed the Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification. She also served as a member of the NCRA Captioning Regulation and Captioning Committees. Since 2008, she has been a member of NCRA’s Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters (CAPR), which deals with certification and education issues. Thomas has served for many years on the faculty/training staff of NCRA.

    Cathy Penniston

    Cathy L. Penniston is a freelance court reporter and captioner from Ottumwa, Iowa. Penniston spent 30 years working as an official court reporter for the state of Iowa before receiving a realtime captioning training grant and transitioning into a remote television broadcast captioning career. She has also worked as a freelance court reporter and a CART provider. Penniston currently teaches reporting classes at the Des Moines Area Community College, in Des Moines, Iowa. She also works as an independent broadcast captioner. In addition, she provides remote realtime of court proceedings in Arizona, Colorado, and Idaho.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This seminar will provide step-by-step instructions for the four most popular platforms (Adobe Connect, iCap, Webex, Zoom with API) for captioners. Total CEU 0.1

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    This seminar will provide step-by-step instructions for the four most popular platforms (Adobe Connect, iCap, Webex, Zoom with API) for captioners.

    Kathy Cortopassi

    Kathy Cortopassi, RDR, CRR, CRC, has been a reporter for 11 years, a captioner for 26 years, and a member of NCRA that entire time. She serves on two committees with NCRA and is currently the president of the South Carolina Court Reporters Association. She is also an official court reporter for the state of North Carolina at Mecklenburg County in Charlotte and owner of Voice to Print Captioning. She has been married for 35 years, is the mother of five, and is expecting her 10th grandchild in April. She is one of the team of ASL Interpreters at her church and, in her spare time, is learning Japanese on Duolingo, realtime and keyboard macros on Eclipse, and banjo!

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/30/2021

    In a perfect world, we would have preparation material for our assignments well in advance but, with the deluge of requests in the captioning industry and the incoming avalanche of post-COVID litigation, prep may seem like a relic from a bygone era. Learn software and writing tips and tricks to improve your realtime output so your viewers are none the wiser. Total CEU .1


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    In a perfect world, we would have preparation material for our assignments well in advance but, with the deluge of requests in the captioning industry and the incoming avalanche of post-COVID litigation, prep may seem like a relic from a bygone era. Learn software and writing tips and tricks to improve your realtime output so your viewers are none the wiser. Total CEU 0.1


    Lindsay Stoker, RPR, CRC, CSR

    Lindsay Stoker is a freelance deposition reporter and realtime captioner with more than 13 years' experience. Her specialties include remote, broadcast, and technical captioning – with a particular focus on clients in the technology sector – and has presented on captioning best practices at many state and national conventions. She lives in Orange County, Calif., with her husband and their four sons, ages 13, 13, 9, and 7.

    Kelly Linkowski

    Kelly Linkowski has been captioning since 2003 from both the comforts of home and around the world. She believes passionately in communication accessibility, with captions being a part of the universal planning of all events, conferences, and entertainment not as an accommodation but as equal access. Linkowski has been a stenographic reporter since 1993. She says: "Our career has offered me the opportunity to schedule work around our family's schedules and needs, never having to figure out how to schedule things with work as the epicenter. I love this profession." She served as the 2019-2020 Ohio Court Reporters Association president and volunteers in caption-related committees with NCRA.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar is laser-focused on providing a comprehensive, soup-to-nuts menu of everything you'll need to successfully launch your career as a freelance reporter. Presented by New Professionals Michael McMorran and Celeste Poppe. Total CEU 0.125

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    This webinar is laser-focused on providing a comprehensive, soup-to-nuts menu of everything you'll need to successfully launch your career as a freelance reporter.   Presented by New Professionals Michael McMorran and Celeste Poppe.

    Michael McMorran

    Celeste Poppe

    Celeste Poppe is a recent California CSR, having passed the exam in January of 2017. While she passed the written exam on her first attempt in June of 2016, she worked extremely hard to pass the skills leg of the exam after she missed passing her first attempt in July 2016 by one error. She finally passed the only re-test ever administered in California in January of this year.

    At the same time she was attending Bryan University’s online court reporting program, she was a full-time office manager at a court reporting agency, covering the calendar, producing transcripts, syncing videos, organizing billing and payroll, and answering phones for five agencies overall. Celeste also just recently became an RPR, which she also passed on each of her first attempts. In Celeste’s free time, she enjoys snuggling with her pit bull, playing softball, dirt-biking, camping, traveling, and always looking for something new and fun to explore.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session is designed to help participants navigate the benefits and pitfalls of using social media as a means for connecting and collaborating across multiple platforms. It will also help them avoid potentially career-damaging mistakes. Total CEU 0.1

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    This session is designed to help participants navigate the benefits and pitfalls of using social media as a means for connecting and collaborating across multiple platforms. It will also help them avoid potentially career-damaging mistakes. 

    Lauren N. Lawrence, RPR

    Lauren N. Lawrence, RPR, is a freelance reporter from Kansas City who has a real passion for steno, efficiency, and technology.  These combined passions led her to the founding of Stenovate, an online platform for court reporters to efficiently connect and collaborate with scopists and proofreaders, expected to launch in summer of 2019.  She's happily integrated into the online reporting community and can vouch for the major benefits and warn of the potential pitfalls of having a national reporting network at your fingertips.

    Matthew Moss, RPR

    Matthew Moss, RPR, is an Official Court Reporter at Denver District Court in Denver, Colorado. He is the immediate past president of the Georgia Court Reporters Association and a graduate of the Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting Online, but you may know him as Mr. October 2014 on the last Men of Court Reporting calendar or as @StenoMatt on Twitter.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    While the benefits are many, captioning from home also has its pitfalls, and isolation can be one of them. Learn strategies for caring mentally and physically for your most important asset — yourself. Total CEU 0.125

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    While the benefits are many, captioning from home also has its pitfalls, and isolation can be one of them. Learn strategies for caring mentally and physically for your most important asset — yourself.

    Steve Clark, CBC, CCP

    Steve Clark, CRC, is the Manager of Home Team Captions, a realtime captioning company based in Washington, DC. Steve began his career as a court reporter in 1985, providing freelance court reporting services from 1985-1997. In 1997 Steve transitioned to broadcast captioning.  Steve has trained more than 40 captioners to be on-air ready for broadcast sports. Steve currently provides onsite and remote sports captioning, onsite and remote CART captioning, and remote sports training.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session, provided by NCRA’s Government Relations Department, provides a baseline understanding of how to effectively create a grassroots lobbying campaign at the state or the federal level. In this day and age, you must incorporate grassroots efforts into your overall legislative strategy to ensure that you are successful. This session will give you a baseline understanding of grassroots campaigns as well as tips for better communicating with decision-makers. Total CEU 0.1

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    This session, provided by NCRA’s Government Relations Department, provides a baseline understanding of how to effectively create a grassroots lobbying campaign at the state or the federal level. In this day and age, you must incorporate grassroots efforts into your overall legislative strategy to ensure that you are successful. This session will give you a baseline understanding of grassroots campaigns as well as tips for better communicating with decision-makers.

    Brandon Schall

    Brandon Schall is NCRA’s government relations specialist and a graduate of Christopher Newport University. In 2013, he was a nominee for CNU’s Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year. Brandon is an active member of the Association of Government Relations Professionals, where he currently serves on the educational board, and has previously served on the Young Lobbyist Network of the Charity and Community Outreach Committee. He has also earned AGRP’s professional lobbying certificate. Brandon also currently serves as the chairman for the Springfield chapter of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, where he has been a member for 3 years, including two as operations chairman. He has completed both the Political Leaders Program and Emerging Leaders Program from the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Other past experience includes deputy campaign manager for Jason Flanary for Virginia Senate.

    Adam Finkel

    Director, Government Relations

    Adam Finkel joined the National Court Reporters Association’s Government Relations Department in August 2010. Since then, Adam has been active with multiple state-level legislative initiatives on issues like court reporter certification, cuts to official court reporters, and third-party contracting while overseeing NCRA’s federal legislative portfolio on Capitol Hill. In addition, he spearheads NCRA’s work related to captioning quality and serves as the co-chair of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance, a coalition of organizations dedicated to federal public policy that improves the quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and all people with hearing loss.

    Prior to coming to NCRA, he was active in the political and legislative worlds working as an Assistant Analyst and Assistant to the President at The Feldman Group, a prolific Washington, D.C. political polling and consulting firm. At The Feldman Group, Adam helped the firm provide extensive campaign support to a wide array of top-tier Congressional, Senatorial, and Gubernatorial candidates.  Before this, Adam served as an intern for the Washington office of then-Representative Mike Ross (Ark.) which provided him with an understanding of the inner workings of Capitol Hill and strong knowledge of the legislative process.

    Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from Gettysburg College (PA) in May 2009 receiving a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    An article from the July 2017 magazine.

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    With so many different choices for antivirus programs, you may be tempted to put off making a choice. But keeping computers secure is essential, and setting up a good system of protection is critical to making your computer safe and secure for you and your clients.