Neosho County Community College’s court reporting program plans to conduct a Write-a-Thon fundraiser for its students Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the NCCC campus Room 605, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa. A bake sale also is to take place at the same time.

Students enrolled in the program will spend the day writing on stenograph machines for donations. The goal for the day is $10,000, Cindy Isaacsen, court reporting instructor, said.

“They’ll be working through their theory, just working,” Isaacsen said. “We’ll have some advanced professionals who are there to encourage them, to write along with them."

According to Isaacsen, those enrolled will gain practice on their machines, in addition to helping raise money, which will go toward helping current and future students with the cost of the program.

“They have to pay for the class,” Isaacsen said. “We have to have special software, so they have to pay for that in addition. That’s like another $150 every three months they have to pay until they get that paid off.”

Isaacsen said the school would hate to see a student drop out because of an inability to pay for the program.

“The machines are expensive, the software’s expensive,” she said. “We got the machines via a grant, so the machine’s we have, they’re just renting them, but they’re $1,500 a piece.”

After the completion of the two-year court reporting program, students will be prepared to sit for the Kansas Certified Court Reporter exam, given the Kansas State Board of Examiners of Court Reporters and the Registered Professional Reporter certification, given by the National Court Reporters Association.

Susan Welte is a Herald staff writer. Email her at swelte@ottawaherald.com.