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TCC program in digital court reporting geared toward military students

A new program at Tidewater Community College certifies students in digital court reporting and assists them in nationwide employment placement for this high-demand, cutting-edge field.

Sponsored by TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE), the program trains students in court and deposition procedures and practices, audio and video equipment and the complete process of advanced digital court reporting.

The course is recognized by the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT) and is the first in the nation to be compliant with that association’s new standards for digital court reporting.

Although the program is geared to military-related students, who may use their GI Bill® benefits, enrollment is open to anyone.

Veterans who graduate from the program will be eligible for employment assistance through Veterans Reporters, Inc., and its partners. Veterans who gain employment through the organization can enroll in a two-year, paid court reporting registered apprenticeship.

“The ability to find jobs locally and in other regions will be a huge benefit, especially for our military, veterans and their spouses,” said Bill Brown, executive director of the CMVE.

“With this training, they will be able to find work just about anywhere the military may send them. This program will provide classroom instruction and hands-on, real world training in local courtrooms. Digital court reporter students will get to experience what they will be doing firsthand in a short period of time.”

You must have a high school diploma or equivalent and basic keyboarding and computer skills to enroll.

The first six-week session will begin on Oct. 9 and conclude Nov. 17 with classes held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Virginia Beach Campus. Additional sessions will be offered.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions listed below at the Joint-Use Library on the Virginia Beach Campus. RSVP at

  • Sept. 19      10 to 11 a.m.          Room L102
  • Sept. 21      Noon to 1 p.m.       Room L102
  • Sept. 21      1 to 2 p.m.              Room L102
  • Sept. 28      5:30 to 6:30 p.m.    Room L103

The cost of the program is $3,950.

Students who complete the program earn 24 Continuing Education Units, a TCC certificate of completion and membership and certification from the AAERT.

Military-related students should contact the CMVE for information on using their education benefits to enroll in the digital court reporting program. Qualifying military spouses can fund the program through Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts.

Contact Batanya Gipson at 757-822-7724 or or email for information on how to apply for the program.