Court Reporting courses
Court Reporters report verbatim the legal proceedings which take place in courtroom and deposition settings. The WVC Court Reporting program prepares reporters for licensing examinations.
The court reporting program at West Valley College offers access to an array of high-paying, top-skilled career opportunities in computerized reporting. West Valley College is the only community college in the Bay Area that offers court reporting. The California Certified Reporters' Board has licensed hundreds of West Valley College court reporting students who now earn high incomes working in courtrooms and deposition chambers throughout the world. All students in the program are trained by innovative techniques so that each student can meet and champion the challenges in the legal, medical, and educational world leading to rewarding careers today and tomorrow. Students in the program can acquire an A. S. degree or a Certificate of Achievement.
To be awarded an Associate of Science Degree
- All of the major requirements (a minimum of 83 units are needed)
- A 200-word-per-minute speed goal building class (CTR 20A-D) with a grade of C or better or Pass
- Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements
Upon review of content, academic courses taken in a private court reporting school will be accepted toward qualifying for the CSR exam.
The sequence of courses is suggested and may vary. Some students may move through the machine portion of the program more quickly. The machine portion and the academic content of the above schedule has been fully approved by the Court Reporters Board of California.
Students are also recommended to take: CTR 30B - Real-Time and Legal Dictionary Building, and CTR 30C - Real-Time and Medical Dictionary Building. Before beginning any court reporting or related technology program, the student should have keyboarding skills of at least 45 words per minute; the Computer Applications Department offers keyboarding classes.
A Certificate of Achievement in Court Reporting may be earned by students who have completed all required academic courses with at least a grade of "C" or Pass, and have completed CTR 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, (200 WPM Speed Goal), with at least a grade of "C" or Pass.