Stenographic Institute was established in 1971 and has since been owned and operated by practicing court reporters. It is a private registered business school licensed by the New York State Education Department.

Some local accomplishments for the school and faculty include:
First school with computer transcription, 1980.
First videotaping of a deposition, 1981.
First school with realtime translation, 1984.
First broadcast captioning, Channel 4, 1990.
Graduates include the Administrative Reporter in the Eighth Judicial District   (based in Buffalo), and the owners of most of the local freelance firms.

An evening court reporting program is the only one offered by the school. Classes are held from 7 to 9 p.m. There are at least six and at times as many as eight class speed levels. Beginning students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays, upper level students on Mondays and Wednesdays. The school is in continuous session except for ten days at Christmas/New Year, one week in the summer, and four additional public holidays.

The program is written for 26 months, although graduation is dependent on passing the state-set final tests at 225 words per minute. It includes basic and advanced machine writing theory, speed class levels, computer applications, and courses in court procedures, English, and legal and medical terminology. Students pass through the speed level classes on the basis of weekly evaluation tests.

New classes begin the first Tuesday of March and the first Tuesday after Labor Day in September. Open houses are held in June, July and August for the September class; and December, January and February for the March class.

Stenographic's strengths, which are unusual in court reporting programs, include:
All members of the reporting faculty are court reporters.
The theory used is designed specifically for court reporting, rather than a more   complicated version designed for non-judicial purposes.
While speed is of secondary concern in theory levels (a thorough grasp of theory
  being more important than premature concern for speed), when students do enter
  speed classes there are sufficient speed levels that they are always working in a   comfortable range of speed.
All speed dictation, including two- and three-voice testimony, is live.
Being court reporters, members of the faculty realize the importance of and insist
  upon students being able to read analog paper notes as a part of the learning
  process.
Most importantly, there is absolute integrity of testing, so that when a student
  graduates they can be confident that they really can perform at the graduation
  level of 225 words per minute. Regrettably, the integrity of speed tests is not   something that can be assumed of all reporting programs.

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