Eric Allen, president of the Association of Surrogates and Supreme Court Reporters, addresses a class of Plaza College Court Reporting students. // Photo courtesy of Plaza College

New Plaza College Class Begins Quest For 225 Words

Classes began at Plaza College in Forest Hills on Monday and for a crop of first-year students, that meant encountering a new and potentially lucrative device: the stenotype machine.

As many current court reporters near retirement, court reporting has become an in-demand job. As such, even new court reporters fresh out of training programs can earn close to six-figure salaries.

But first, students  must attain a writing rate of 225-words per minute on the 22-key stenotype machine, a tool that differs significantly from a typical QWERTY keyboard.

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Long Island Business Institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. // Photo by Terry Canavan

LIBI, Plaza and NYSCR Are the Key To Lucrative Court Reporting Careers

Fast fingers mean big bucks for court reporters in Queens. In fact, court reporters can earn well over $100,000 a year once they learn to write 225 words per minute. Only a handful schools in the area train prospective court reporters, however. Their two-year associate’s degree programs enables people to earn an excellent salary without first paying for a four-year degree.

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