Marshall Adult Education


November 11, 2005
1.  Time Sheets - Next time sheets will be due in the office by noon on Monday, November 14th.
2.  Sunrise Apt Keys -- Anyone who has a key(s) for the Sunrise Apartment should turn them in to Barb ASAP.


3  Student Level Change update:  Our current statistics indicate that we have 137 participants in our program.  Participants are folks that have used a minimum of 12 hours of service.  
Of these individuals 7% have shown a level change......
Of the individuals receiving both a pretest and post test the level change is at 56%................
Please review your class lists and if you see that an individual has been in your class for 45 hours OR you think they may be leaving our program OR you believe that they would show a level change.....Please post test them!
If you need additional resources in the form of extra staff or time to do this.........let me know....we will make those resources available!   Thanks, Pat
4.  CASAS Scores - If you have any CASAS information that has not been reported, please send it in NOW.  As you see by Pat's update, we are way below the required percent for level changes.
5.  First Quarter Exits - If you need to exit students from your class, you should have received the information this week.  Please make sure that I have the exit forms returned by November 28th.  Thanks.
6.  Tentative Date for the next consortium staff meeting:  January 14, 2006



7.  The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) Annual Meeting is Thursday, December 1, 2005 at Eagan, MN.  The featured speaker is Coleen Rowley.  She has 20+ years of service in the FB
I and she testified on pre 9-1-1 lapses in the intelligence community. To registergo to the following website:



8.  Staff at ABE were part of a wedding for a former student!   All in a days work at an ABE site!  See the wedding picts here:


9.  The Donation Center is now open In the DAC Building, south entrance only (just south of the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 23 near the new Marshall High School.)

     The hours are  Mon 4:00-6:00;  Wed 11:00-1:00;  Fri 4:00-6:00;  Sat 10:00-12:00

     Or by appointment, call:507-337-0504

Furnishings of good condition are being collected to donate to families affected by the hurricanes. All household items are needed, from brooms and dustpans, to couches and chairs. Cleaning and paper supplies are also needed. Food donations should go to the local food shelf.  Used mattresses and box springs cannot be donated. No broken or soiled items please, as we are not able to clean upholstery or repair furniture at the center.

Lyon County’s Adopt-A-Family Hurricane Relief Project


10.  THE OVAE REVIEW  -  “The Review” is an update from the Office of the Assistant Secretary at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.  Read the Review at the link below.


11.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
12.  From the Trivia Department:  Are you a songwriter, poet, or just like to rhyme words - go to this free On-line Rhyming Dictionary and find just the right word to finish the poem.



13.  Thought for the week:  Nine tenths of education is encouragement. -- Anatole France


14.  TECH TIP:  Shortcuts Part 2


A shortcut makes your life easier.  Shortcuts usually reside on your Desktop.  The shortcut allows you to open a file, folder or program without finding the original.


Last week, we made shortcuts of programs found in the Start Menu.  This week, we make shortcuts of data files and folders.  Most data files are stored (saved) in the My Documents folder – or at least they should be.  If you keep your data files in this one central location, like the My Documents folder, then it is easier to back them up.  You do back up your data files regularly, don’t you?       


Shortcuts of files and folders

OK, there are 2 ways to create shortcuts of files or folders.

     1.  Open up you’re My Documents folder and find a file you want to make a shortcut for on your desktop.  Right-click on the file.  Click on Send To and click on Desktop (create shortcut).  That’s it, the shortcut is on you desktop.


     2.  You can also create a short cut by right-clicking on an icon and dragging it to the desktop.  Release the right mouse button and click on Create Shortcut Here.


When you no longer want or need a shortcut, you can just drag it to the Recycle Bin.


More Shortcut Stuff


The Quick Launch section of the Task Bar is a special area in which you can place shortcuts.  The Quick Launch section does not automatically show up in your Task Bar.  To get it to show, right-click in a blank area in the Task Bar (it’s best not to have any programs running), point to Toolbars, and click on Quick Launch.   The Quick Launch will appear in the Task Bar right next to the Start button.  You can drag any shortcut icons from your desktop to the Quick Launch area.


When you first show your Quick Launch, there will probably be some shortcuts already in the Quick Launch. If they are shortcuts you don’t want, just drag them to the Recycle Bin.  You can add more shortcuts to Quick Launch by just dragging them from your Desktop into the Quick Launch area.  If you drag a shortcut from the Desktop to the Quick Launch area, you then no longer need the shortcut on the Desktop – so you can trash it.


You can add as many shortcuts to the Quick Launch section as you want.  If you have a lot of shortcuts in Quick Launch, you can resize the Quick Launch area so it doesn’t fill up the entire Task Bar.  Just place you mouse over the vertical dotted lines on the right side of the Quick Launch section until the cursor turns into a line with double arrowsClick and drag it to the left (or right) to resize it.  


Now if you have a lot of shortcuts (like me – I have 27).  When you click on the two small right arrows on the right side of the Quick Launch section, a window will pop open and your list of shortcuts will appear – neat.


One last shortcut tip.

You can move the Quick Launch out of the Task Bar.  You can move it to the top (border) of the screen, to the left side or the right side, or you can place it anywhere on the Desktop.


Here’s how: 

Place the cursor over the vertical dotted line on the left side of the Quick Launch section.  When it turns into a line with two arrows, just click and drag it to the location you want   I actually have moved my Quick Launch to the top of the screen so that all 27 of my shortcut icons are always visible all the time.  If you move it to the top, you want to right-click on it and click on Always On Top.


Try some of these neat shortcut tips – make you computing easier.



Marshall ABE Links


Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.


Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational


Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.


Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly


Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

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