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NVRA advances the understanding, practice, education and professional standards of verbatim reporters, CART providers, broadcast captioners and related professions by promoting ethical behavior, professional development, and educational opportunities.

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Wanda Constantino

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Donald Scott

Donald Scott

Our congratulations to all those who passed their examinations!

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Michael Zajdel

Michael Zajdel

The first time I saw this insulting and infuriating media propaganda about NCRA's "Fresh Perspectives" campaign, I was so mad that I could barely speak. Thanks to NCRA's political pull, yet again millions of dollars have been funneled into schools that will produce barely a handful of successful students. The NVRA needs to get involved and point out the abysmal track record that these schools have had, and point out to whoever is doling out this money that they are doing nothing but helping to sustain a few people's lifestyle instead of actually helping to meet the demands placed upon this profession. They need to get this money directed in the right direction, with the right focus. Here's a quote from the "Fresh Perspectives" campaign announcement: “NCRA recognizes that the success of court reporting schools is the key to the survival of the court reporting and captioning professions and has made meeting this challenge a top priority,” said Cynthia Bruce Andrews, M.S.Ed, NCRA’s Director of Professional Development Programs. “The Fresh Perspectives effort is just one of many initiatives the Association in undertaking to help our schools thrive.” The very first lines say it all: "NCRA recognized that the success of COURT REPORTING SCHOOLS is the key to the survival of the court reporting professions..." Not producing quality students. Not addressing the abysmal track record these schools have had over the past many years. But focusing instead on the success of the schools. Really? This makes me sick. High school students are targeted with the message of “score your dream job” that is supported by the image of a large sporting venue that includes a large screen with captions. Finally, the message geared toward veterans is “work high speed” and is illustrated with a shot of U.S. House of Representatives during a State of the Union Address. High School students, who will not know better, who will buy into the promise of triple-figure earnings. "Yeah, get 'em young, before they know better." Military? "Hey, they've got plenty of educational assistance, let's see how many will bite." The percentage of individuals earning those incomes is probably a single-digit portion of our reporting and captioning population. I would really like to know how that lying propaganda keeps getting put out as well, to to national media sources even. You know how. Deep down you really know who that someone is that has spun numbers and put out bad info. It's time to make someone accountable for this mess, and to right the boat. Oh, so you think closed captioning is going to float the boat, huh? Who here as a captioner feels financially secure? While captioner hourly rates used to be averaging $50-$60 per hour, they are now as low as $15 per hour. Let's saddle a student with debt for that. It's a transitory career at best if these trends continue. Yet the NVRA posts job ads for these very companies that lowball and cheapen our profession to the point of fast-food wages. Voice writing is just beginning to be taught at a few schools, and there are very few really qualified to teach it. We have failed to produce a working population of realtime-capable reporters because of the mom & pop nature of the NVRA's approach, the failure to vigorously push for legislation to allow voice writers to not have to face protectionism from groups of individuals trying to continue to feather their aging nests. NVRA, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS!?

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Billie Renee Carey

Billie Renee Carey

I sweat a lot around my mask, and then my skin gets irritated. What can I put around or on my mask to alleviate this?

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Amanda Mayer

Amanda Mayer

Can anyone help me calculate metronome speed for wpm? I want to measure about 130 wpm (slow, I know). TIA

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Upcoming Events
PARMA, OHIO: May 20-21
5/20/2017
Cleveland, Ohio

 

May 20-21, 2017

May 20 - CVR Test Readiness Session, 8:00 am - Noon (Note Time Change)
May 20 - On-Site Written Testing, 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Note Time Change)
May 20 - RVR Testing, 3:30 pm (Note Time Change)
May 21 - CVR and CVR-CM Testing, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (ending times vary by tester)

Registration Deadline:  May 12, 2017 (A $50.00 late fee will apply after this date.)
Window for Online Written Tests:  May 21 - June 3, 2017*
RBC-M and RCP-M Remote Dictation will be scheduled after registration closes on May 12.  You will be contacted to establish a mutally agreed upon time to take your remote dictation test.

 

LINKS TO REGISTER:

CVR and CM Test Registration
RBC-M and RCP-M Test Registration
RVR Test Registration

**If you are taking the online written exam through Comira, you must register through NVRA.  Upon registration through NVRA, you will receive information on test scheduling.**

TEST LOCATION:
Cuyahoga Community College - Western Campus
11000 W. Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH  44130
 
Business & Technology, Room C233.  The best place to park is in the C parking lot on the campus.


 

 

ATLANTA: June 24-25
6/24/2017
Atlanta, GA

 

June 24-25, 2017

June 24 - CVR Test Readiness Session, 8:00 am - Noon
June 24 - On-Site Written Testing, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
June 24 - RVR Testing, 3:30 pm
June 25 - CVR and CVR-CM Testing, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (ending times vary by tester)

Registration Deadline:  June 16, 2017 (A $50.00 late fee will apply after this date.)
Window for Online Written Tests:  June 18 - July 1, 2017*  (Registration deadline for the online written test will be June 9.)
RBC-M and RCP-M Remote Dictation will be scheduled after registration closes on June 16.  You will be contacted to establish a mutally agreed upon time to take your remote dictation test.

 

LINKS TO REGISTER:

CVR and CM Test Registration
RBC-M and RCP-M Test Registration
RVR Test Registration

**If you are taking the online written exam through Comira, you must register through NVRA.  Upon registration through NVRA, you will receive information on test scheduling.**

TEST LOCATION:
Hilton Garden Inn
3437 Bobby Brown Parkway
East Point, GA  30344

NVRA has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn at the group rate of $110.00 per night plus tax.  Please call 404-477-6600 for reservations.  Reference National Verbatim Reporters Association.

 

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR: July 8-9
7/8/2017
Little Rock, AR

 

July 8-9, 2017

July 8 - CVR Test Readiness Session, 8:00 am - Noon
July 8 - On-Site Written Testing, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
July 8 - RVR Testing, 3:30 pm
July 9 - CVR and CVR-CM Testing, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (ending times vary by tester)

Registration Deadline:  June 30, 2017 (A $50.00 late fee will apply after this date.)
Window for Online Written Tests:  July 16 - July 31, 2017*
RBC-M and RCP-M Remote Dictation will be scheduled after registration closes on June 30.  You will be contacted to establish a mutally agreed upon time to take your remote dictation test.

 

LINKS TO REGISTER:

CVR and CM Test Registration
RBC-M and RCP-M Test Registration
RVR Test Registration

**If you are taking the online written exam through Comira, you must register through NVRA.  Upon registration through NVRA, you will receive information on test scheduling.**

TEST LOCATION:
William H. Bowen School of Law
1201 McMath Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202

Driving directions.  Parking is free.
Link to hotels near William H. Bowen School of Law
NVRA 2017 Annual Conventi...
8/2/2017
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza

 

2017 NVRA Annual Convention
Kansas City, Missouri
August 2-5
Intercontinental Kansas City on the Plaza

Program Details and Printable Registration
Register Online
Vendor Registration

Convention Hotel:
Intercontinental Kansas City on the Plaza
Room Rate:  $139 single or double
Book Your Hotel Room Online:  National Verbatim Reporters Assoc


 

KANSAS CITY, MO: August 2...
8/2/2017
Kansas City, MO

 

August 2-3, 2017

Convention Testing:  All Times Below are Subject to Change

August 2 - CVR Test Readiness Session, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
August 2 - RVR Testing, 9:00 am
August 2 - On-Site Written Testing, 10:00 am - Noon
August 3- CVR and CVR-CM Testing, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (ending times vary by tester)

Registration Deadline:  July 21, 2017 (A $50.00 late fee will apply after this date.)
Window for Online Written Tests:  August 4 - August 13, 2017*
RBC-M and RCP-M Remote Dictation will be scheduled after registration closes on July 21.  You will be contacted to establish a mutally agreed upon time to take your remote dictation test.

 

LINKS TO REGISTER:

CVR and CM Test Registration
RBC-M and RCP-M Test Registration
RVR Test Registration

**If you are taking the online written exam through Comira, you must register through NVRA.  Upon registration through NVRA, you will receive information on test scheduling.**

TEST LOCATION:
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO  64112

NVRA has a block of guest rooms reserved for $139(single or double) per night.  This group rate is available through Friday, July 7.  Call 1-866-856-9717 and ask for the National Verbatim Reporters Association group rate.


 

 

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