New School Opening Puts Six-Figure Jobs at Canadians' Fingertips

    TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Centre for Verbatim Studies (CCVS)
opens its doors for the first time on January 7th, 2008, putting a solid new
career option right at Canadians' fingertips.
    Only the third school of its kind in the country - and the only one in
Eastern Canada serving English-speaking Canadians - CCVS is a
Ministry-approved new learning institution for Canadians interested in careers
as real-time court reporters and broadcast captioning reporters. CCVS is the
only private institution in Canada solely dedicated to the training of
real-time court reporting.
    "With less than 100 real-time reporters currently working in this
country," says court reporting veteran and CCVS founder Kimberley Stewart,
"Canada is experiencing a serious shortage of people with this skillset."
Stewart says the average age of today's court reporter is 50 years, which
means the industry will need qualified people just as soon as they can be
    While the average typing speed is between 50-60 words per minute (WPM),
real-time court reporters and broadcast captioners are trained to type as fast
as 225 WPM with 98% accuracy. "It's a highly developed skill that takes a lot
of training," Stewart adds, "but it's a career that can take you around the
world working in high-profile courtrooms, and the salary prospects are
comparable to working on Bay St."
    Forbes recently added court reporting to its list of surprising
six-figure jobs. Real-time reporters can earn as much as $200,000 per year
working in courtroom settings. Closed captioning services for television
broadcasts, which employ the same skills, can pay reporters up to $200 an hour
and give them the flexibility to work from home, Stewart says. "With an aging
Canadian population, the demand for closed captioning services is going
nowhere but up. Many of these services are mandated in the U.S., and Canada
likely to follow suit shortly."
    CCVS classes, both full- and part-time, commence in January, 2008. Space
is being limited to less than 46 students in each program to ensure solid
student-teacher ratios.

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