As a Mississippi resident interested in pursuing a career as a court reporter, you will be delighted to know that you have a lot of great options for education and/or training in the state. The exact education that you will require will depend heavily upon the job that you would like to have in the field.

Contrary to popular belief, court reporters work in a wide variety of different capacities, and each capacity will have its own specific requirements that will need to be met. By determining what you want to do from the start, you can plan your education accordingly, and things will go much more smoothly as you prepare for your career.

By far, the most popular school for court reporting in the state is Hinds Community College. This school, located in Raymond, is the only school in the state that has been certified and approved by the National Court Reporters Association. As such, its graduates are usually the best of the best and tend to take the top positions in the court reporting field.

You can complete training and/or certification programs here or earn a two year associate’s degree. If, however, Hinds Community College is not a viable option for you, don’t worry. There are still many other schools offering related training and degrees.

Other good choices for court reporter schools in the state include Alcorn State University, which is named for the city in which it resides; Antonelli College, which is located in historic Jackson; Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale; Copiah Lincoln Community College in Wesson; Delta State University in Cleveland, which offers some programs online; Holmes Community College, which is located in Goodman; Itawamba Community College of Fulton; Jackson State University.

Jones County Junior College, which is located in Ellisville; Mississippi College in Clinton; Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston; Mississippi State University at Meridian; Mississippi University for Women, a single sex institution in Columbus; Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena; Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville; Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia; The University of Mississippi in University; and the University of Southern Mississippi, which is located in Hattiesburg.

As you more than likely noticed in the above list, many of the schools are now offering online programs. That is because online schooling is the way of the future. If you have a busy work or family schedule that you can’t get out of, online schooling may be the best fit for you, because it allows you to create your own schedule and to go to school on your time.

You can work as much or as little as you like and, best of all, online schooling tends to be much more affordable than traditional schooling. You can opt for schooling that is fully online or that is a mixture of both online and traditional classes.

Whatever you do, however, just make sure that any program and/or school that you attend is fully accredited. Otherwise, your “education” will be nothing more than a big waste of your time, energy, and money.

Some top picks for online schooling in the state of Mississippi include Virginia College, Phoenix University, and American Intercontinental University. The beauty of online schooling, however, is that you are not limited to just these schools or even to schools that are based in your state or general area.

Since Mississippi does not require its court reporters to be licensed, you can earn your degree from any legitimate and reputable educational organization. So, get to work finding the program that is the best fit for you and your career goals.