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JCR at Stark State

VITAC Corporation LogoStark State College is a two-year, state-assisted technical college accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Stark is one of a handful of schools in Ohio that offers an associate of applied business degree in judicial reporting and captioning. Because Stark is a state-assisted technical college, most to all courses will transfer as credit to other state and out-of-state institutions.

Stark State College will prepare students for an JCR profession by providing a complete, intensive curriculum that includes a final-semester internship. To receive the degree, the student must complete a variety of coursework plus an internship program.

The Higher Learning Commission is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Association was founded in 1895 as a membership organization for educational institutions. It is committed to developing and maintaining high standards of excellence.

The Association is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States. Through its Commissions it accredits, and thereby grants membership to educational institutions in the nineteen-state North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the Secretary of Education and the Committee on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA, now continued under the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, or CHEA).

"ProgramShare” Partners: Stark State College and Clark State Community College

The faculty at Stark State College and Clark State Community College met earlier in 2014 to investigate, evaluate, and recommend the feasibility of offering a “shared program” of the Judicial Court Reporting program offered at both institutions. Both offer high-quality, accredited programs that have already been developed, and the faculty have redesigned the curriculum to “share” courses offered specifically at each institution to leverage the strengths of each and to create a larger student base per course to maximize efficiency of the cost of the program and faculty. This “shared program” would meet the needs of a small, unique program within both colleges to effectively respond to the demands of their state and national marketplace for the reporting profession and enables both colleges to justify the cost and effort associated with this small program.  

Specific courses will be offered at each institution and those courses will transfer to the other under specific guidelines of this ProgramShare initiative. Students will receive an Associate of Applied Business in Judicial Court Reporting from both Stark State College and Clark State Community College.

Future plans include offering students additional courses to obtain a Career Enhancement Certificate in Broadcast Captioning.