Josephine graduated from the College of Court Reporting in 2008. She worked as a CART captioner until she was offered a full-time position as an official court reporter. She left her official position after six years to refocus on CART. While working on her speed, accuracy, and dictionary to prepare for CART, she was offered a freelance position doing depositions, which she accepted. The freelance work was short-lived, as she was able to get up to speed sooner than expected and found CART work right away.
Josephine’s accomplishments include: first-place recipient of the NCRA CASE Scholarship; receiving a Professional Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education’s 2010 Training for Realtime Writers Program; passing the RPR written test; passing the RPR Jury portion of the skills test; and passing the CRC written test. She served on the board of her state association as treasurer for two years. During that time, she attended two NCRA State Leadership Conferences, as well as state and national conventions. She attended the NCRA CRC Workshop and is currently working on passing the skills portion of the CRC test. Her goal is to become a certified broadcast captioner.
Current number of dictionary entries: 191,900+
Fastest speed: 280
Longest duration: 5 hours
Favorite topic to CART caption: science, math, and computer programming/graphics
Favorite pastimes: gardening, hiking, traveling, crafting, and yoga.
After graduating from Alfred State College in 2012 with an AAS in Court and Real-time Reporting, Ashley began her career in CART Captioning, working primarily on site. She found this career choice to be most rewarding seeing firsthand how helpful CART can be for individuals with hearing loss. Ashley finds that not only can she provide a service which improves communication access to individuals with hearing loss, she has been able to meet some incredible people along the way and is always learning herself!
As a robust writer, Ashley once worked a two-day conference solo! She was the only writer available and successfully covered the entire event, eight hours each day. It took a couple days for her mind, back, and arms to unwind a bit, but she performed with a smile! Ashley reports: The client had recently lost their hearing and was able to participate in a way that he didn’t think would be possible — worth the stiff back for me 🙂
These days, Ashley works mostly from home as a remote CART provider and Broadcast Captioner. Her fastest sustained speed has been 275-300 WPM and her dictionary 167,500 plus entries, which she works on daily. Impressive!!
Ashley spends all of her free time with her friends, family, and her two American Bulldogs, who are “like my kids.” She loves to be outdoors and at the beach. Ashley is very involved with her church community, particularly in mentoring high-risk youth in her community. She tells us that they are such special “kiddos” and encouraging them and caring for them is an honor for her to be able to do! Admirable to say the least.