In partnership with Project Steno, we are proud to bring to the area a free basic training course. Project Steno’s Basic Training course is a free hands-on intro-to-steno course where you will learn the rudiments of machine shorthand theory.  That’s the keyboard system used by professional court reporters and captioners to capture high-speed speech verbatim using a Stenograph machine.  In just six sessions, you’ll discover how the magic is done!

This six-week course is offered through once-a-week virtual classes every Wednesday starting 1/24/24. Classes will be held via Zoom from 7-9 p.m. and will be taught by working court reporters who are also certified by the New York State Department of Education to instruct in court reporting.

Machines will be provided by Project Steno, but are limited in supply. Students will be required to pay shipping fees of approximately $60 to receive a machine and return it at the completion of the program. This is the only costs associated with the program.

Students who attend and complete the course are eligible for merit awards through Project Steno. After you enroll in a program and pass a five-minute 140 wpm testimony examination after one year of schooling, you are eligible for $1,000, and another $1,000 if you reach 225 wpm after 2 years of schooling. You need to register for these through Project Steno.  There are other perks of the program which we will detail at our open house dates.

You can register for this program at Fill out the green contact box to receive more information. You can register for our open house dates here. The future of court reporting is bright and waiting for you!