Broadcast captioners use cutting-edge technology and phonetic language skills to bring the spoken word to text accurately, in real-time.
If you're interested in developing skills to help make life's everyday conversations accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing and working from home considering an advanced certificate in CART/Broadcast Captioning.
The Anoka Technical College Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Broadcast Captioning Certificate is a 16-credit program. The program consists of a core of machine shorthand realtime theory; speedbuilding and accuracy courses; captioning technology and procedures courses; and courses to help students become familiar with the Deaf community.
Students use court reporting/captioning software and equipment currently used in industry. The central objective of the CART and Broadcast Captioning Certificate is to train students to write conflict-free machine shorthand on a computer-compatible stenotype machine, utilizing the industry standard realtime translation rate of 98.5 percent verbatim accuracy, or higher, with variable speeds of 180-200 words per minute (wpm).
- Write a realtime translation theory.
- Demonstrate competency in English, law/legal terminology, anatomy/medical terminology, captioning technology and procedures, and current events.
- Transcribe a minimum of three (3), (5) five-minute, (2) two-voice, non-realtime tests with a minimum of 97 percent accuracy, dictated at a minimum speed of 225 wpm.
- Transcribe a minimum of three (3), (5) five-minute realtime literary tests with a minimum of 97 percent verbatim accuracy, dictated at a minimum speed of 180 wpm.
- Write three (3), 15-minute realtime literary broadcast material takes at 180 wpm (syllabic and/or word count) at 98.5 percent verbatim accuracy, following NCRA’s What is an Error? guidelines. The instructor will grade a random (5) five-minute selection from each 15-minute take.
- Write two (2), 30-minute class lectures, meeting/seminar programs, or Web cast meeting segments with a goal of 98.5 percent verbatim accuracy, or higher, with variable speeds of 180-200 wpm, following NCRA’s What is an Error? guidelines. The instructor will grade a random (5) five-minute selection from each 30-minute take.
- Participate in an internship consisting of 25 verified hours of actual writing and 15 hours of research and dictionary preparation during the internship experience.
Completion of the Broadcast Captioning/CART certificate allows graduates to work in a variety of settings either as broadcast captioners or as CART providers.
Broadcast captioners use realtime machine shorthand skills to create the captioning you see on television. This captioning is created to allow access to television broadcasts for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Broadcast captioners work doing on-air captioning of live programming.
CART is a service that can be requested by people who are hard of hearing as an alternative to having a sign language interpreter. It falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as one way of providing equal access to services. Graduates can find work as CART providers in legal, educational and various trade fields.
Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Laptop, steno machine, Case CATalyst student software or professional software. Please see instructor for specific requirements before purchasing any equipment. Also see Tuition and Fees for more information.
Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.
|Deaf Studies/Culture (Goal 7)
|Realtime Reporting VI
|Broadcast Captioning & CART Procedures & Research
|Please see advisor
|Broadcast Captioning & CART Internship
The CART and Broadcast Captioning certificate can be completed in person or online.
Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.
If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services.
JRBC 2120 and JRBC 2135 must be completed with a grade of B or higher. All other courses required for this program must be completed with a C or higher.