Thursday, July 27, Alvin Community College's Board of Regents met to decide the fate of ACC's renowned court reporting program. TEXDRA's president spoke at that meeting in an attempt to present a business scenario to the board that would convince them to keep the program open by increasing enrollment and graduation rates. The proposal we put forth was that they consider incorporating voice training alongside the present stenographic training, giving current and prospective students more options and increasing revenues by attracting more students to the program. Unfortunately, the suggestion was not enough to convince them, and they have voted to close the program down, using a "teach-out" time frame of two years. Our profession is losing yet another school, which is bad enough, but to lose one of Alvin's standing in the court reporting community nationwide is disastrous. It is time for new ideas and new strategies; our profession's continued existence depends on it! It is time to define ourselves and our profession by our TALENTS, not by the tools we use. We are a crucial and integral part of the judicial system and we cannot fail. Let's put our heads together, roll up our sleeves, and get to work! We are 100% committed to addressing this critical issue. Please continue to watch this site and our Facebook group for updates.