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Originally from Texas, Lisa has been a CTRP Reader since June, 2009. Her articulate reading style add a touch of flair to our program. She is married and has five children and three grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, reading, being active, and spending time with friends and family.

LISA DESPAIN
ACADEMIC INSTRUCTOR/READER

Lisa has been the Academic Instructor since June, 2009. She has been a licensed CSR since February, 1983. She worked as a court reporter and a freelance deposition reporter. Her academic experience includes teaching Court and Deposition Procedures, Legal Terminology, Ethics, CTRP English, Vocabulary and Transcript Prep.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

In order to become Certified Shorthand Reporters and to take the State examinations, students must meet the following requirements:

Requirement Hours Needed

English/Vocabulary 240
Medical 120
Legal 150
Transcript Procedures 25
Apprenticeship 60
Technology 60
Resource Materials 5
Total Minimum Prescribed Academic Hours 660

Total Machine Shorthand &
Transcription Hours 2300

The above requirements can be met through taking certain academic classes (i.e., English, Business Law, Medical Terminology, etc.) as well as core court reporting courses.

TO START

Interested individuals must be high school graduates and be able to type on a keyboard at least 35 words per minute (wpm).

The first class taken in sequence of Core Court Reporting courses is Theory. The Theory class is a structured course where students will learn how to write words in the English language using strokes on the steno machine. Students should be able to write between 40 and 60 wpm in steno at the completion of the course.

Upon successfully completing the Theory class, students will start Speed Building. The Speed-Building courses are typically offered year-round. The goal is to reach a speed of 225 to 240 wpm and qualify to take the State examinations.

SANDRA BECKWORTH
READER

Originally from San Jose, Sandra hired into our program at the end of September of 2014. She was a student in the Fresno CTRP court reporting school until she transferred to our program in 2012. She is a CART provider for Bakersfield College and enjoys playing volleyball with her family.

How Do I Get Started?

The first course in any court reporting school is Theory. At Taft College/WESTEC, Theory is a structured one-semester class where the student learns how to write any word in the English language using shorthand strokes on the steno machine.

After Theory, you should be able to write between 40 and 60 words per minute in steno. With that completed, you will then start Speed Building. These are year-round classes that allow you to improve your speed by listening to audio files, CDs and live readers who dictate material to you. Your goal is to reach a speed of 225 to 240 words per minute and qualify to take the three State licensing tests, one of which is dictation test read at no more than 200 words per minute. There is an English test and a Professional Practices test. Once you pass these State licensing tests, you are a Certified Shorthand Reporter!
The time it takes to complete the program is up to you. For most people the program will take three to four years; however, with good practice skills and dedication, it is possible to finish sooner.

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If you are interested in enrolling in the court reporting program, please contact Gary Shaw at (661) 387-1055 for further information.

We offer three Theory classes, one at the beginning of the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Our Spring Theory class commenced on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

​Our next beginning Theory class will commence on June 6, 2016, and again on August 21, 2016.

All Theory classes are scheduled to run Monday through Thursday. There are no evening classes.

GARY F. SHAW
PROGRAM MANAGER

Originally hired as a Reader at Bakersfield College’s court reporting school, Gary came to the Taft College at WESTEC program as one of the original Readers of the program in the Fall of 2007. He was promoted to Program Coordinator in 2008 and eventually promoted to Program Manager in 2010. He enjoys flyfishing, coaching basketball, and Texas Hold’em poker.

TINA KOLOSKY
ACADEMIC INSTRUCTOR/READER

Tina was hired as a Reader in August of 2014 and also became an Academic Instructor in August of 2015. She retired from her duties as a licensed CSR in 2010 and brings over 30 years of CTRP experience to our program. She worked in the LA area as well as locally.

JO ANN SHIVE
READER

Jo Ann has been a CTRP Reader since June, 2008. Her professional organizational skills keep our program operating efficiently. She is from Bakersfield and loves to bake, read books, and do “crafty” things in her spare time. She is married and has two grown sons.

Source: www.westec.org
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