About Us


The mission of Golden State College of Court Reporting & Captioning (GSC) is to provide an education of the highest quality in the field of shorthand reporting.  As part of that commitment, the college faculty and staff are dedicated to the encouragement of students, providing resources for their continued growth within the field.


Golden State College (GSC) was founded in 2003 by California CSRs Sandy Finch and Kelly Emerick.             Co-owners of Emerick And Finch Deposition Reporting Services since 1985, Finch and Emerick experienced   first-hand the shortage of licensed reporters in California, and realized the shortage of training available in the San Francisco/East Bay region.

GSC was incorporated by the State of California March 14, 2003.  The college was granted approval to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (now the BPPE, www.bppe.ca.gov) in 2003.  Meeting state curriculum standards, GSC was recognized by the Court Reporters Board of California in 2003, which allowed GSC graduates to attend the state certifying exam (CSR).
Golden State College of Court Reporting & Captioning opened its doors on September 8, 2003.

In 2008, GSC was accredited by ACICS** to award certificates.  On July 20, 2010, GSC was granted eligibility to participate in Federal Student Aid by the United States Department of Education. **Notwithstanding the loss of recognition of ACICS by the USDOE, the Secretary of Education deems the Institution to hold recognized accreditation while the PPPA is in effect, which shall be no longer than 6/12/18.          GSC has an accepted and active application with the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET).

In 2015, Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay (Goodwill) saw an opportunity to further its impact and fulfill its mission to provide training opportunities and vital vocational services to the community by acquiring GSC. 

The immediate bond between the college founders and Goodwill's leadership came from a shared vision and strategic plan to provide more intensive job training, placement, and support services to people seeking self-sufficiency through work.


NCRA- Golden State College is recognized as a Participating Program by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).  The curriculum of Golden State College is built upon standards and educational guidelines set by the NCRA, which is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.         www.ncra.org   

CRB - California
Golden State complies with and meets the Criteria for Recognition of Court Reporting Schools set forth in the Professional And Vocational Regulations of the Court Reporters Board of California.
(CCR, Title 16, Division 24, Article 2, Section 2411)         www.courtreportersboard.ca.gov     

Golden State College of Court Reporting & Captioning is granted approval to operate under the terms of California Education Code section 94890(a)(1) until December 31, 2017.   www.bppe.ca.gov

Golden State College is also approved for funding by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.          www.va.gov

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA)
California Court Reporters Association (CCRA)
Deposition Reporters Association (DRA)

Golden State College of Court Reporting & Captioning is approved by the California State Approving Agency to enroll veterans and other eligible persons.