Meredith A. Bonn, CSR, RPR, NYRCR
What an exciting time it is to be a member of the New York State Court Reporters Association. 2017 will be the host of many state-wide events, including celebrations of the National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, February 11 through the 18th. The NYSCRA is hosting events in New York City/Long Island, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. Please check for flyers and details of the event in your area and make plans to network with fellow reporters, mentor current court reporting students and interact with the professionals in your area - a unique opportunity to build your business network and celebrate the timeless profession of court reporting.
For those near the Rochester, New York area, mark your calendar for the March 18 half-day CEU sessions. Three hours (.3) of CEUs are available on topics for the best brief forms and briefing strategies, as well as the popular new tech topic, 90 Apps in 90 Minutes. These sessions will provide amazing tools to make your transcription work faster and easier, all done in half a day!
On the horizon in 2017 are civil service exams for the New York State Unified Court System. Watch for members-only practice sessions in your area.
Interested in adding initials to your name, then save the date, April 22, for the NYRCR and NYACR examinations being given in White Plains, Manhattan, Buffalo and Rochester. Start preparing for the exams today, and you will be one of the NYSCRA's gold-standard certified reporters. All exam details are listed under the Exams tab on the NYSCRA.org home page.
If you haven't yet renewed your dues for 2017, remember you can do that online, or you can print our membership form and mail or fax that in. Remember to update your email and address information so you
don't miss a thing this year. Help even more by asking your colleagues to join this vital association.
Lastly, I want to share with you our State Association's outreach program for enrolling people in our court reporting schools. Over the years, with declining enrollment and declining graduates, we have an increasing shortage of working reporters in our jobs. Check our website for information and details on the latest openings in the New York State court system. They are posting nonstop for positions all over the state.
In conjunction with NCRA's Pre-Theory Steno A-to-Z Program, we now have almost 70 people from the Rochester, New York area alone enrolled in this program. Those interested in court reporting can take the pre-theory sessions for eight weeks as they learn the steno machine from A to Z FOR FREE on a loaner machine. At the conclusion of pre-theory, participants have a deep knowledge base and understanding to make informed decisions about enrollment in court reporting and captioning degree and certificate schools, thereby assisting our schools with increased enrollment of highly qualified students. The pre-theory program has newly volunteered leaders ready to lead programs in several areas of New York State, another great service provided to the court reporting industry by members of the New York State Court Reporters Association. We are in need of donated machines. If you would like to help or have a machine to donate, contact me at MeredithA.Bonn@gmail.com.
Welcome to 2017 and Happy New Year!
Meredith A. Bonn, CSR, RPR, NYRCR
President, New York State Court Reporters Association