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Broadcast Captioning - Associate Degree

You've read the scrolling captions for the hearing-impaired on your TV screen. The person providing instantaneous text of programs is trained in realtime transcription techniques and technology.These skills can also be used to provide CART (Communication Access to Realtime Translation) for hearing-impaired students in educational as well as public settings. If you're an excellent listener, have strong language and communication skills, are committed to accuracy, and able to work on deadline, a career in broadcast captioning may be a perfect fit for your talents.

Program Code: 101701
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Area of Study: Business

Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $9,641, Books: $0, Supplies: $0

Total Approximate Costs

This program is eligible for financial aid through the partner college.

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Broadcast Captioning is a collaborative program between LTC and NWTC. Application for this program must be completed through LTC.

What will I learn?

  • LTC offers its Broadcast Captioning program in cooperation with technical colleges across the state. As a broadcast captioning student, you'll:
  • Attend live, interactive TV classes and labs at your local technical college.
  • Take general studies classes and labs at your local technical college.


Broadcast Captioning is a collaborative program between Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students attend ITV classes sent from LTC to NWTC.

Total Credits 62
  • Curriculum Note: These beginning courses are required prior to advanced courses: 10-170-121, Jury Charge I-Beginner 10-170-122, Jury Charge II-Beginner 10-170-113, Literary I-Beginner 10-170-114, Literary II-Beginner 10-170-153, Testimony I-Beginner 10-170-154, Testimony II-Beginner
  • The following courses are available at Lakeshore Technical College only:
 10-801-195, Written Communication
 10-806-112, Principles of Sustainability
  • The following optional courses are recommended for skills enhancement: 10-170-140, Realtime Reporting Speed Maintenance 10-170-161, Realtime Reporting Technology Adv (Fall) Skillbuilding 1, 2, or 3 (Summer prior to Third Semester)

Program Outcomes

  • Develop proficiency in machine shorthand using realtime theory.
  • Develop a personal dictionary, read, translate, and edit transcripts using CAT (computer-aided transcription) software.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper captioning procedures and responsibilities for captioning and CART reporting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the professional reporting organizations and methods of gaining certification as a Certified Broadcast Captioner.

What careers are in my future?

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Broadcast Captioner
  • CART Reporter
  • Internet Reporter
  • Offline Captioner
  • Conference and Convention Reporter

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.