What a year! Project Steno hit the ground running in early 2018 and to date has raised almost $300,000 in pledges and contributions. Highlights of our year:
- Project Steno launches in January 2018.
- Website created and continually updated.
- 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization is conferred by the IRS (so your donations are tax-deductible). Our financial statement (Form 990) is publicly available on our website.
- Two videos produced to promote court reporting and captioning.
- Numerous presentations made at national and state association conventions.
- Several interviews (television, podcasts, webcasts) where we promoted court reporting and captioning as a career, NCRA’s A to Z program, and the Project Steno tuition assistance program.
- Expanded our Board (Jim DeCrescenzo, Bill Weber, Glyn Poage, Ed Varallo, and Tiva Wood), added an Advisory Council (Kathy Silva, Rick Levy, Doreen Sutton, and Camille Duffy) and appointed Nancy Varallo as our Executive Director.
- Shepherded through to reality a court reporting program in a San Antonio TX high school (a template for high school rollout nationwide!)
- Met at the Pentagon with high-ranking officials to promote Project Steno’s Cover Your Bases ProgramTM for the military. (There are 510,000 military spouses in the Army alone, two-thirds of them under the age of 32. An ideal target audience!)
- Enrolled 37 students from 16 states into eight of our partner programs. (This is a real success. See below.)
Read our full report here: Project Steno Year End Report – Our First Year – Dec 2018
Review the full return here: Project Steno Form 990 – 063018
With the addition of College of Court Reporting (headquartered in Valparaiso, Indiana), Project Steno has added a significant name to its roster of partner programs that will lead the way in educating the next generation of stenographic court reporters and captioners. CCR has long experience in training court reporters with state-of-the-art technology, particularly its EV360 teaching platform. Teachers and graduates are quick to praise the enhanced learning experience afforded by the EV360 interactive platform. CCR’s record of success is unmatched. Read the full press release here.
Founded in 1983, DepoSpan is a network of independent professional court reporting agencies allied to provide the full range of litigation support services nationwide and internationally. DepoSpan agencies recognize the urgent need to address the looming court reporter shortage by building a robust pipeline of students into school and graduating them as quickly as possible. DepoSpan members have responded to that challenge by contributing more than $10,000 to Project Steno’s efforts.
Says Antonia Pulone of Pulone Reporting Services in San Jose, CA: “Project Steno is the one organization working to ensure the future of court reporting by offering tangible support to young men and women who want to become stenographic court reporters.” Read more here.
Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting and Tulsa Community College become Project Steno’s ninth and tenth Partner Programs. Read the announcement here.
Project Steno President Jim DeCrescenzo and Executive Director Nancy Varallo recently sat down with MarketScale for a podcast in which the two discuss the demand for court reporters, its career opportunities, and how students can defray the cost of court reporting school through Project Steno. read more…
Project Steno recently was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3, charitable organization under Title 26 of the United States Code of Law. This is a significant development for Project Steno for two reasons. First, it is third-party verification that the organization operates on a distinctly not-for-profit basis. Second, achieving 501(c)3 status means that all contributions to Project Steno are 100 percent tax-deductible as charitable contributions. Read full article here.
Tiva Wood and Ed Varallo Appointed to Project Steno Board of Directors
The Project Steno board of directors recently added two well-known authorities from the court reporting profession. Tiva Wood and Ed Varallo are the first two additions to the board of Project Steno since the organization’s founding in 2017. They will play key leadership roles in defining and implementing strategy while serving as ambassadors and advocates for the court reporting profession. Read more here.
Rick Levy, Kathy Silva, Doreen Sutton, and Camille Duffy Join Project Steno Advisory Council
Project Steno recently created an Advisory Council and sought out top-flight talent within the court reporting community to serve in an advisory role. That outreach was handsomely rewarded when four leaders in the field – Rick Levy, Kathy Silva, Doreen Sutton, and Camille Palladino-Duffy – came onboard as Project Steno’s first Advisory Council members. The Advisory Council will seek out others like these four leaders – seasoned professionals who have a demonstrated passion and know-how to recruit the next generation of court reporting students. Read more here.
From the get-go, the good people at Realtime Coach (RTC) immediately offered their enthusiastic support to Project Steno. RTC is the premier software teaching platform in court reporting education. With their active help, Project Steno signed up eight schools as partner programs. We’d like to have more. To that end, Project Steno today announces that we are casting our net wider, in an effort to be more inclusive and attract more partner schools. So we are opening up our program not only to schools which use RTC’s online learning system, but any school, bricks-and-mortar or online, that uses RTC or a similar teaching platform.
RTC’s platform is unique in the sophisticated monitoring it allows us to do of students who enroll in our program of tuition assistance – and through that monitoring, we hope to spot students who may be falling behind, and get them timely help so they do not become a dropout statistic. We want our students to succeed!
It’s a win-win for schools and Project Steno and, most importantly, for the students we hope to shepherd through school and out into the field as court reporters and captioners. Click here for Application for Program Participation.
Project Steno Executive Director Nancy Varallo was joined by legendary court reporter Ed Varallo for a live, interactive presentation of realtime on the set of “Mass Appeal,” a TV news program in Massachusetts. It was a great opportunity to promote the merits of a career in court reporting.
We’re off and running. The plan is working!
- Since Project Steno began fundraising in January of this year, we’ve raised over $200,000 in pledges.
- We have granted tuition assistance (approx. $2,500/year per student for two years) to a number of students.
Realtime Center for Learning, Oklahoma College of Court Reporting, and San Antonio College join the ranks at Project Steno.
The Pennsylvania, Florida, and Alabama Court Reporters Associations and the Texas Deposition Reporters Association each pledge at least $10,000 to become Gold Contributors.
The captioning and court reporting program at Cuyahoga becomes the first Project Steno Partner Program in the state of Ohio.
Champion Steno, StenoTrain, and the Community College of Allegheny County join the Hardeman School of Court Reporting in Project Steno’s inaugural Partner Program.
Realtime Coach has pledged to match contributions to Project Steno, up to $50,000, in support of its mission to recruit students into the court reporting and captioning professions.
February 19, 2018, Worcester, MA – Project Steno, newly incorporated in 2017 to grow the court reporting profession, announced today it has received a commitment from Realtime Coach to match all contributions to Project Steno, up to $50,000 – a major and generous financial commitment!
“Project Steno” Launches Tuition Assistance Program and Process to Address Urgent Shortage of Court Reporters
December 7, 2017, Worcester, MA — Media outlets and governmental authorities continually point to court reporting as a growth profession over the next decade. At the same time, the collective aging of the court reporting profession is creating a significant shortage of court reporters, just as demand is increasing. This creates both a challenge and an opportunity.