3:18 am - Friday December 15, 2017

New York Career Institute Now Offers Training For Closed Captioning Careers‏

 New York Career Institute (www.nyci.edu) recently started a new training program to help meet the growing need for people skilled in Closed Captioning and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART). These career fields are expected to grow by nearly 20 percent over the next several years. NYCI is the only school in New York that offers training in these professions which help the deaf and hard of hearing comprehend the world around them. Due to its 75 years of experience in training students for these professions, the school was chosen to receive a Federal grant to offer this vital training program.

There are approximately 35 million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing and many rely on Closed Captioners and CART providers to be the “ears” for them to enjoy and participate in live events on TV, the web, conferences, college lectures, churches and anywhere that there is a need for communications access. For example, every program on TV must have text at the bottom of the screen provided by a professional Closed Captioner. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the field for Closed Captioners and CART providers to grow by 18 percent over the next eight years due to laws passed by Congress requiring compliance with the 21st Century Communications and Accessibility Act.

The college’s Court Reporting program is the gateway to becoming a Closed Captioner/CART provider. “Last year, graduates were employed at a rate of over 95% and this past year, we have had 100% job placement for our graduates,” said Oscar Garzon, Court Reporting Chairperson at New York Career Institute. “That is a testament to the demand for good people in this field, even in a tough economy and tight job market.”

“Our Closed Captioning program trains students to be literate in this important and growing job skill,” said Professor Garzon. “We teach our students how to use a stenotype machine which is used in court reporting and legal depositions, and then we further train our students in the new real-time translation software that provides instantaneous text display as a person speaks. It’s an expanded skill set that opens doors for careers with pay that can start in the $50,000 range and can go up to $120,000 per year or more.”

The expanded training offered by New York Career Institute can help the majority of court reporters now on the job stay relevant in the fast-changing marketplace. The program helps those trained in non-real-time reporting make the transition to be real-time ready. “We are seeing students not only new to court reporting, which is the first step toward closed captioning literacy,” Professor Garzon said, “but we are now getting many experienced court reporters who are upgrading their skills to be real-time ready.”  

Upon completion of their Court Reporting/Closed Captioning Training program at NYCI, students become eligible to pursue careers as professional Court Reporters, Freelance Court Reporters, Broadcast Captioners or CART providers.  The Court Reporting training is a two-year degree program and enables students to get started in their careers right after graduation. Mastering the skills needed to be a Closed Captioner takes some additional training.

Since 1941, New York Career Institute has provided a higher educational experience designed to prepare people for productive careers in contemporary fields. The school has a dedicated, caring, and highly qualified faculty and staff that provide instruction and student services in a manner that emphasizes individual attention, while also offering general education courses that develop cognitive learning through self-awareness, creative thinking, and analytical reasoning that contribute to the social, emotional, and academic development of students.

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