DMACC offers court reporting program
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Des Moines Area Community College announced last week that it is offering a Court Reporting Program for students for the first time this fall on the Newton Campus.

Students will be able to earn a two-year, associate of applied science degree, preparing students for a career in the judicial system, law firms and more.

DMACC’s new program is the first of its kind in Iowa, according to the college. The program was developed during a year of collaboration with the Iowa Court Reporters Association as well as The Iowa State Bar Association.

Students with a degree in court reporting can use their skills in a variety of ways including legal and medical transcription, depositions, important meetings, as well as captioning, real-time broadcast captioning and conferences or conventions.

"The court reporter is an essential part of any legal proceeding,” said ISBA President Guy Cook. "Court reporters are the guardians of the record. Accurate transcription of a proceeding is the key to a fair hearing and any appeal. On behalf of the 8,000-plus members of the Iowa State Bar Association spread throughout Iowa’s 99 counties and beyond, I thank DMACC for making this important investment in the Iowa’s legal system,” he said."

People interested in a career in court reporting can contact Angie Neville on the DMACC Newton Campus by email (, by calling (641) 791-3622 or by visiting the DMACC Court Reporting Program webpage.