Here is the email and my response.
Following your blog. I'm 43 yrs old, and looking into this career too. CRAH sounds very appealing to me for obvious reasons. Curious about the academic portion of the program. The medical terminology and more importantly the English portion, punctuation, spelling etc. Are there lesson plans for those items?
Good luck with everything.
I didn't think anyone read my blog besides my sister:) Thanks for following me. As you know, I am new to this so I don't have all the answers.
As for the academic portion, there really isn't much here as far as grammar or english.
From what I gathered, from talking to Ron and Steven at CRAH, as soon as you reach certain milestones, they send you more information. Such as, you don't get your CAT software until you reach 120wpm (I think). Also, as you get better speed building they tailor your program to what career you choose. Once you get through theory, they send you a speed building schedule based on the amount of time you can devote. For me, since I want to be a captioner, they will not send me jury charge dictation, but rather literary. Also, if you are going into court reporting, they send procedural stuff that a captioner doesn't need to learn. I basically got a theory manual and cd's of audio drills and speed building. But as time goes, I know there will be more to come. My sister told me that for her, a internship was a huge learning experience. She actually did 2 internships. She went to a formal school, but was taught nothing about procedures, not court proceedings, but actually what you do when you show up to a deposition. So she needed more experience before a company would hire her. My sister is 28, and makes 110K a year. She is freelance, meaning she does a lot of depositions, divorces, asbestos cases. She is a 1099, not a W-2, so she pays for all of her equipment and software. She is a smart cookie and has done very well.
If all else fails, call CRAH. They are super nice and answered ALL my questions. I know my sister has many books she has bought over the years, she started in 2007 or 2008. She is gonna give them to me and when she does, I write about it. I do not have the best spelling or grammar. So I know I will need help in that area as well. My sister corrects the grammar and punctuation in the emails I send her and sends then them back to me....annoying and slightly funny.
Good luck and thanks for following:)
I wanted to add this to my blog for two reasons. First, because I was really happy someone finds my blog somewhat informative. (She didn't say it in words but I am positive it is true:)) Secondly, because maybe follower number two may have a similar question. Thanks!!