Meet Camille and Romaine, the CRAH Twins
Court Reporting and Captioning at Home is now presented on a new, revolutionary, multimedia training platform containing hundreds of hours of audio and video dictation, and exclusive studio-produced, animated graphic video tutorials…a milestone in realtime education… The multimedia platform, along with the animated graphic tutorials, provides our students the advantage of training faster and easier in a realistic time frame and at an affordable cost.
CRAH students are licensed for life when they purchase the CRAH program, and only licensed CRAH students have lifetime access to all of our superior, state-of-the-art training materials, CAT-software updates, daily support from credentialed court reporters, captioners, and CART providers as well as internship and job placement services.
Because we want our students to have the latest in realtime writing technology, we are proud to include in our program, at a greatly reduced cost to our students, the new BLAZE realtime writer with flip-up, touch screen technology by ProCAT. Scroll up or down, read back, or search with a swipe of your finger, just like an iPhone/iPad. The Blaze also features automatic and user- defined keyboard adjustment. The Blaze sets the standard in advanced realtime writer technology!
Court Reporting and Captioning at Home is the leader in realtime education, and we will continually strive to provide our licensed students with the latest in realtime technology to ensure they continue to be the best realtime court reporters, closed captioners, and CART Providers in the industry.
Linda Bland RMR, RPR, CSR, CPE, President of Court Reporting and Captioning at Home
WHAT CRAH STUDENTS THINK …
“The new graphic videos you guys have are so amazing! It takes the program to a whole new level…so great!”
Kimmy Pruitt, CRAH Graduate and Florida FPR
It is so nice, and really appreciated, that you (support dept.) take the time to give such rich responses. It is very supportive, especially when you’re going it alone in your little home office, and taking the long route to competence.
Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. You don’t understand how much that means to me and how far that goes. I’m so glad I’m doing your program. I really love the online platform! This is attainalble!!!!!!!!!
Thank you once again. You really are outstanding!
Thanks very much for the instructions, and please thank Linda for inviting me to view the [New Student Platform] web tutorials. Everyone must be very excited with the results of the videos, because they are exceptionally presented.
The instructions you provided were clear and easy to follow. The Google Chrome download and login went smoothly. The course screen was laid out well, showing the current and completed courses. I liked the ability to click on the course name and view my progress through the individual lessons and then exit the course segment to see the summary and the percentages of completion. The video quality was wonderful viewed in HD or otherwise. And, of course, it was fantastic to see Linda in the videos. Having listened to her voice in the lesson dictations, it was great to have that connection to the videos, making you feel that you are right in the classroom.
In the Introduction, the 4 EZ steps recap helps to clarify what the student needs to do in each lesson. I really liked the detail shown in the proper posture and machine height demonstration, and it went through the steps at a good pace. I can remember how nervous I was when my machine arrived, and it helps to see that visual and to have someone walk you through the correct set-up.
I think my favorite part of the lesson videos is having the key on the keyboard graphic highlighted in a color – blue, green, etc. at the same time as the keyboard key is depressed by the finger. That’s a great feature!
Everything looks so great that there isn’t much to suggest.
The expanded Finger Spelling Alphabet Chart for Lesson 19 is a great addition, and thanks for the attachment. I especially liked hearing additional comments from Linda in some of the videos – for example, her preference for a specific style of a contraction outline in Lesson 18 and the tip on how the CAT software will help with the dollar sign outline in Lesson 20. The best part, though, are the words of encouragement in the videos. They are so wonderful to hear and are just exactly what a student needs.
I thank my lucky stars that I’ve chosen such a great school! “
Thank you for the materials that you sent for the WKT test. It was very
helpful. I passed the WKT test and I did it because of the information you sent. I was
studying previously with no way of knowing how or what to study for. When you sent the
download I began studying and was able to pass the test. I had studied other material as
well, but your book provided the knowledge required to pass the test. I would advise any
aspiring reporter or reporter to consider CRAH. I wish I had this information a long time
Thanks to your program, I can see the focus, interest, and sense of purpose my daughter has developed in her studies. Before she was introduced to CRAH she was attending a school at which her lessons were seemingly taught by “professional readers” rather than instructors, in spite of the fact that the instructors were referenced as professional “Court Reporters”.
The classes progressed to new theory without reinforcing lessons already taught; while at the same time, extraneous classes were mandated that were peripheral to this field, but nevertheless she had to sit through, and as she phrased it- she felt as though she was “taking up space”. The school required purchase of textbooks that it marketed in its own name, and each term required hundreds of dollars in textbooks that could not be bought second hand since no major store carried them. Finally, unbeknownst to us, her financial aid package was used to subsidize her first 5 credits which created a false sense of security that we could financially handle the remainder of the year before the next trimester. The majority of her peers were having their expenses subsidized through the government; this included not only tuition, but books, software, machine, and living stipend. Those of us who were deemed capable of paying, were left handling the major expenses on our own. Finally, I later learned that the completion rate at this school for this program was only 30%.
My daughter is now progressing beautifully through your program. There are times she repeats chapters until she has mastered the concepts, but because the lessons are so well structured, with each dictation, she sees continual improvement. This reinforcement motivates her to work further; and has increased her self-esteem and the way she perceives herself as a student- and as a person.
She mentioned, for the first time, that she now wants to supplement her studies with university courses in which she can further her academic progress in learning more about the government and how our system of law operates. (I could never so much as get her to listen to the news.)
I’m beginning to sound too much like a political spokesperson, but please believe I am simply a mother; a former teacher, who has always wanted to help my child excel but has never found the right vehicle in which to ensure this. Two years ago I would have given all that I owned to be able to say this with the sincerity with which I am now writing.
Mildred F (New York State)
Follow Your Speed Building Practice Regimen To The Letter!!
If you do not adhere to your Speed Building Practice Regimen to the letter, you will not make progress. Each regimen is customized for each student. You must have structure in your speed building, and the CRAH Speed Building Practice Regimen delineates exactly what you should practice the first hour, the second hour, or we may break it down into half-hour or 15-minute increments depending upon how long you have to practice each day.
If you go off on your own tangent and incorporate other dictation, you are only delaying your own progress. The CRAH materials were developed specifically to help you build speed, reinforcing each realtime writing concept. Much of the “free dictation” you find on various websites may not be dictated accurately. There is an art to dictation. If the dictation speeds up and slows down, it can cause students to fail examinations. The material can often be miscounted. It may be prepared or offered by people who aren’t even court reporters/captioners/CART providers and who may have no expertise in the careers.
Just to practice lots of new and different materials each day, writing as much of it as you can and dropping the difficult words, does not serve to improve your writing or build speed. It only allows you to write the easy words you can ALREADY write. So where is the progress in that method??? There isn’t any. If you only required lots of new and different dictation materials to succeed, you could purchase those easily from a number of sources. But it doesn’t work.
In order to build speed, we must know our theory extremely well. Therefore, your speed building practice regimen should include a variety of practice materials, including evaluating your writing each day to determine which theory concepts you do not know well enough, that cause you to hesitate or drop the word entirely.
At CRAH, you have credentialed court reporters, or captioners, or CART providers to answer your questions about theory all the way through your training. Even in speed building, you should be taught by professional court reporters because you often have questions regarding HOW to write a word, or need help determining why you are having difficulty building speed, or perhaps requiring modification to your practice regimen.
Here is a perfect example of why it is so important to be taught by a professional, credentialed reporter, or captioner, or CART provider. This is from a CRAH student to one of our Support Department staff:
“I don’t know who you are, but I LOVE you! One day I hope to shake your hand and tell you that you are the most detailed person I’ve ever met. My husband might think that no one has the attention to detail that I have, but he is wrong. That is a compliment I can bestow upon no one else. From one detail-oriented person to another….thank you! You are all so wonderful and I greatly appreciate your ability to answer all of my questions perfectly. Thanks again, Michelle
Instructors who have not been trained in court reporting are simply readers and cannot answer your court reporting questions regarding theory. Building speed is all about how well you know your theory. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having credentialed professionals for support throughout your training who have proven their capabilities by passing state and/or national certification examinations. And at CRAH, each of our support staff are experienced in their respective fields.
Many, many students have contacted me to say it was only after they stuck to their Speed Building Practice Regimen they were able to pass their goal speed level or RPR exam. ADHERE TO YOUR SPEED BUILDING PRACTICE REGIMEN! It works. Look at our success stories. (smiles)
NCRA Approves CRAH Professional Development Programs
For Realtime Writing, Captioning, and CART Providing
For Professional Development Credits
I am pleased to announce that the NCRA approved the Court Reporting and Captioning at Home realtime writing programs for Professional Development Credits (continuing education units) for professional court reporters for Realtime Writing for Court Reporting, Broadcast (Closed) Captioning, and CART Providing! These programs lead to excellent realtime writing and new career opportunities.
Our students have been offered employment by Aegis RapidText Captioning Company, NCI (National Captioning Institute), Caption Colorado, Vitac Captioning Company, the largest captioning company in the U.S., and numerous other smaller captioning companies.
Some of these Professional Students have asked for assistance to help them pass the RPR or the CRR, and CRAH has furnished them materials to help them accomplish their goals. Some have passed the RPR; some of them have upgraded their skills to allow them to offer realtime in the court reporting profession, while others have been able to enter the career of CART providing. So congratulations to those individuals as well! These materials are the same materials all CRAH students will utilize should they choose to enter captioning and/or CART providing.
Written Knowledge Tests
RPR, RDR, CBC, CCP and CLVS written knowledge tests
Administered at Pearson Professional Centers by Pearson VUE
Candidate must register through NCRA, and then schedule the actual date and location through Pearson VUE
Reporter member = $185; Reporter nonmember = $210
Student member = $150; Student nonmember = $210
Exam Dates Registration Dates
January 7 – 19, 2013 Dec. 4, 2012 – January 3, 2013
April 8 – 20, 2013 March 5 – April 4, 2013
July 8 – 20, 2013 June 4 – July 3, 2013
RPR and RMR Literary, Jury Charge, and Testimony skills tests
CRR, CCP, and CBC skills tests
Administered at NCRA – sponsored testing sites
Reporter member = $170.00; Reporter nonmember = $210.00
Student member = $135.00; Student nonmember = $210.00
Exam Dates Registration Dates
May 4, 2013 March 6 – April 8, 2013
August 17, 2013 June 26 – July 22, 2013
November 2, 2013 September 4 – October 7, 2013
What a thrill to be invited to write with Jack and Dee Boenau, two of the most distinguished experts in realtime writing in the world! Stacy was fortunate to make the acquaintance of Dee who invited her to their home to write alongside them while they captioned some of their daily television programs. “What a fantastic experience it was for me,”said Stacy. “It was tremendously motivational. Jack and Dee were kind enough to evaluate my writing and give me pointers. I will remember this as one of the highlights of my training experience.”
Jack and Dee are undoubtedly two of the best realtime writers in the country. Jack is founder and President of AmeriCaption, Inc. and was one of the pioneers in providing CART services and closed captioning since the late 1980s. He also was a founding member of CARTWheel which is a network of CART providers.
Dee began her career as a freelance court reporter in 1992 and began offering realtime captioning and CART in 1995. She has qualified for the National Speed Contest at 280 wpm, and she has won first place in two-voice testimony in 2007,2008, and 2010. And if that isn’t enough, Dee won the National Realtime Competition in 2010! “It was so gracious of them to spend their time with me. I’ll never forget it,”said Stacy.
Pictured below, CRAH student Stacy M., Dee Boneau, Jack Boenau