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New Certified Courtroom Technologist program at TCC takes just five weeks to complete

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If you’re seeking a rewarding career in the courtroom, committing to law school isn’t your only option. Tidewater Community College’s inaugural Certified Courtroom Technologist program prepares students for a future in audio/visual technology in federal, state and local court systems.

The five-session program is on Saturdays only beginning Oct. 5. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first class will meet at the William & Mary Law School, where students will be introduced to the McGlothlin Courtroom, the most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom in the world. The other four classes will meet in the Kempsville Building at the Virginia Beach Campus.

The McGlothlin Courtroom is both classroom and laboratory, serving as a testing bed for the latest advances in courtroom and legal technology. The courtroom continually experiments with the latest hardware and software to determine its potential utility and legal effects.

Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the Courtroom Technologist Certification Exam administered by the Center for Legal and Court Technology. Once certified, graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions that support courtroom audio/video technologies, including sound systems, evidence presentation and remote testimony.

The program cost of $3,950 includes the exam fee. It is worth four Continuing Education Units. Military-related students can use their GI Bill benefits or MyCAA to pay. Register at

Contact Batanya Gipson, executive director of TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education, at or 757-822-7701 for information.