I like Tri-Community, and I'm sure you will, too. What speed are you in?
A lot of classmates, who are transfer students (including myself -- I originally came from Bryan College in Los Angeles), tell me that one of the big reasons they like Tri-Community is that they DO teach realtime have plenty of qualifiers tests (for us when we get up into the 225 speed), and give you a great realtime ready dictionary, so you're more than able to start working right out of graduation/certification.
There's one classmate that already passed his CSR, but he goes to our school because he was never taught realtime at his school. He's now at our school trying to build up his dictionary, etc. I don't remember what school he came from though.
Are you done with your academic classes? We have English, Medical, Legal, Depo Procedures, and Transcript Prep in our campus.
If you do decide to come over to Tri-Community, I totally recommend going FULL-TIME! It's so hard when students go part-time, like I did for several years (financial issues -- had to work full-time during the day). Why? Because there are only in session TWO times a week on your steno machine -- Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuesdays and Thursdays in our school are reserved for academic classes only.
Yes, the staff and most of the students are super friendly! :) It's a very nice, relaxing campus too, I think. :)
Another HUGE benefit at Tri-Community is their tuition -- almost NOTHING compared to other schools! Only $80 a term (which runs about 2-3 months), and if you have a high attendance percentage (forgot the exact number), you get a $50 discount when you register for the next term. Thus, many students only pay $30 a term! (Not including books and supplies). That's a GREAT DEAL!
Please let me know if there is any other question you have that I can help with. Hope this info helped a bit, Aleece! Let me know what you decide on doing! GOOD LUCK!
I'm very satisfied with DigitalCat. Yes, it is made by Stenovations. The three things I like about the program are that there's no authorization key, you don't have to finance it, and you can adjust your edit keyboard, "turbo keys," to match any court reporting program you've had previously, so you don't have to learn new key strokes. I can't give you any comparison with other programs though, since this is the only software I've ever used, besides Cheetah's TurboCat, many years ago, and I don't think they're in existence anymore.
I'll be glad to answer any other questions you may have.
I read your post in the Mira or Stylus thread, and I wanted to let you know I also have a Stentura 8000 LX, but I had it shimmed and the touch feels so much better. Might be something to consider.
Hope you're doing well.