DCTC Student Garners Unique Recognition

Executive and Administration Assistant Program student types over 100 words per minute

In 2005, writer Barbara Blackburn was the fastest English language typist in the world. She made the Guinness Book of World Records by typing 150 words per minute.

DCTC Executive and Administration Assistant program student, Becky Blackorbay, is offering her some stiff competition. Becky recently typed 101 words per minute with only two errors on a five minute timing as part of the program curriculum’s regularly scheduled timing tests.

To provide some perspective to these numbers–the average person can hand write memorized text at about 31 words per minutes and at about 20 words a minute while copying text.

Becky’s interest in keyboarding began at a very early age. She started taking keyboarding classes in third grade. “I was always fast, but not the fastest in the class,” she noted. “I kept practicing and was quick to catch on.”keyboarding-wall-of-fame

“We have a wall in our classroom with names of students who have typed 60 words per minute or more,” said Charlotte Kodner, Executive and Administrative program instructor. “I’ve been waiting for someone to break the 100 words per minute speed barrier. I’m so pleased it was Becky. She’s a great student who is a team player and very career oriented.”

Becky came to DCTC to earn her A.A.S Degree. She has a degree in fine arts from St. Cloud State and wanted to find a program that meshed with her degree and allowed her more career options. She plans to graduate in 2016.

The Executive and Administrative Assistant program prepares students for employment in administrative support. Students use computer systems for document processing and file management tasks. It teaches the expertise needed for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets, databases, electronic presentations and Internet navigation research. Administrative assistants may be called upon to communicate, organize, coordinate, and integrate data.

This is the ideal major for people in the workforce looking for a challenge or ways to advance their careers and gives them an opportunity to obtain Microsoft Certification for the required certification classes.

Graduates of the program find employment in administrative support in a wide variety of businesses, including but not limited to corporate headquarters, insurance companies, banks, manufacturing firms and government agencies.

According to ISEEK, Minnesota’s career, education and job resource, employment for secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to grow 3.4 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. ISEEK: “There will be a need for about 2,230 new Secretaries and Administrative Assistants to meet market demand between 2010 through 2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.”

Graduates secure employment in positions such as administrative assistants, administrative secretaries, office assistants, Administrative Support Assistants (ASA), administrative technicians, clerk typists, department secretaries, and office managers and typically make between $19 and $26, for top earners.

For more information on the program, contact:

Charlotte Kodner


Photo, left to right:  Mike Opp, DCTC vice president; Gayle Larson, Dean of Technology, Business and General Education; Becky Blackorbay; Charlotte Kodner, Executive and Assistant Administration program instructor; Tim Wynes, DCTC president.