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PRCC named partner program of the Steno project – Picayune Item

By Laura O’Neill

CRP public relations

POPLARVILLE, Mississippi – Pearl River Community College is the 23rd court reporting and captioning program to join Project Steno in its efforts to raise awareness of the profession.

The new court reporting program is overseen by James Collum Ph.D., dean of vocational and technical education, and Jana Causey, vice-president of the Forrest County campus. The instructors of the program are Court Reporters Rosie Sanchez and Twila Jordan-Hoover, CCR, RPR, both of Mississippi.

The Steno Project promotes the profession of court reporting / captioning through social media and community outreach, with the goal of building a strong pool of students in the school and graduating them in two years.

“Pearl River Community College chose to be a Project Steno partner program because we wanted to give our students access to important resources and information that Project Steno provides in this area,” Causey said.

Collum confirmed: “It is important for us to partner with Project Steno because we believe that the partnership and the incentives offered will help ensure the success of our students. ”

Jim DeCrescenzo, President of Project Steno, explained, “Our goal is simple. We want to repopulate the ever-declining ranks of stenographers and captioners in our field. To do this, we need to bring motivated students to school and graduate in two years. ”

To become a partner program, performance indicators had to be in place with graduate students within 24 months of enrollment. This includes an online curriculum, speed building and training regimen that uses an online learning platform such as Realtime Coach and regularly confirms student progress towards the Steno Project with milestones. performance achieved.

Project Steno offers its merit-based rewards program to students who participate in a partner program, register with Project Steno, respond to data requests in a timely manner, and meet certain speed benchmarks. The $ 1,000 140 in 1 Merit Award is given to shorthand students who achieve 140 wpm in one year. The 225-in-2 Award of Merit gives $ 1,000 to shorthand students who achieve 225 wpm in two years.


The program is available at the Forrest County and Hancock campuses with a 45-hour certificate or associate’s degree in applied science.

For more information on the Forrest County Campus Court Reporting Program, call 601-554-5505, email [email protected], or visit the campus at US 49 South.

In Hancock County, contact Dr. Raymunda Barnes, Assistant Vice President, at 228-252-7001 or email [email protected]


Founded in 2017, Project Steno is an independent, unaffiliated organization entirely dependent on financial support from the court reporting community. Its objectives are to:

• Promote the profession of shorthand reporter and recruit promising students;

• Partnership with schools and shorthand programs for two-year graduate students;

• Create incentives for students to reach speed milestones through the merit rewards program;

• Track the performance of students who graduate in two years through data collection and analysis.

Project Steno holds 501 (c) 3 status as a charitable organization. It operates entirely on a not-for-profit basis. In January 2018, Project Steno launched its Tuition Assistance Program and placed its first students in a court reporting school.

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