Marshall Adult Education


November 17, 2006


These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you do not receive them or cannot open the links, go to the website and read the announcements on-line.




1.  Office Notes -

  • 11-23&24-2006:  Thanksgiving Break - The office will be closed and there will be NO classes.
  • 12-25 to 29 - 2006:  Christmas Break - No Classes - The office will be closed only on the 25th. 
  • 1-1-2007 - New Year's Day - The office will be closed & no classes.  ALL Classes will resume on January 2nd; If you are planning to be on vacation, you will need to find a sub for your class.



2.  Exits are due to Barb by November 28th. 


3.  CASAS - Be sure to be testing -- check the report that shows hours since last assessment.  This should give you some idea of who needs to be tested



4.  From Cathy Grady, Adult Program Director, Minnesota Literacy Council
     As you know, MLC has been providing services to literacy programs, especially volunteer literacy programs, for more than thirty years. We have been fortunate to receive generous funding from the Minnesota Department of Education’s ABE area to provide services such as volunteer outreach and training, technical assistance and information, and networking opportunities.  
     Much of our work will continue as usual this program year, thanks to this ongoing funding. However, Department of Education funding priorities have shifted and some of our projects don’t quite fit in with the new priorities. After ten successful years, we will not be hosting the Partners in Literacy conference, usually held in April. Also, To Open Your Mind, our annual journal of student writing, is not receiving the usual funding this year. Finally, we will not be producing Literacy Landscape, our monthly online and print newsletter.
     We are currently looking at alternative ways of offering these services to the ABE network. At a minimum, we will be producing an online version of To Open Your Mind, with help from college interns. We hope to be able to secure private funding to produce a print version as well. We also plan to send out monthly emails with resource reviews, program profiles, and other news from the field beginning next month. Finally, we are exploring ways to host a low-cost conference similar to Partners in 2008.
     I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas about how MLC can continue to provide the services you find most valuable to your literacy program, or if you just have comments on these cuts. We value your input and your continuing partnership.
Cathy Grady, Email:


5.  From Barry Shaffer - If your ABE local program or consortium produces a periodic newsletter for staff, would you please add Astrid Liden to your mailing list – either electronic or hard copy would be fine --- although electronic transmission is preferred. 


I have seen lots of great articles in local newsletters and I want to make sure our new Professional Development Coordinator (Astrid Liden) is aware of the interesting and useful information that you share with others via your newsletters.  Thanks.


Astrid’s email:
Mailing address:  1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113


NOTE FROM PAT:  If an article is put in your local paper...........please share it with Astrid at the MN Dept of Education.


6. Here are details on a Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) workshop coming to our area on Wednesday, December 6.  "Follow the Federal Dollars - A guided tour through the Federal budget process" will take place at Bremer Bank, Marshall, lower level conference room;  12:30 - 3:30 p.m.  The workshop will be led by Steve Francisco, Federal Policy Director for the Minnesota Budget Project of MCN. 


Registration can be made directly to MCN - $35 members/ $50 nonmembers, and includes lunch.  Click on the link below to download more information.



7.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:

8.  From the Trivia Department:   Any South Park Fans out there?  Go to the South Park Studio and create your own South Park character.  It's a blast!  Click on the US flag in the upper left hand corner to get an FAQ on this site.
9.  Thought for the week:  The deadliest weapon...the tongue.  ~Phillips Brooks


10.  Tech Tip:  Steps to protecting your computer, Step 5  Password Protect Your Computer


The 5th step in protecting your computer is to prevent access to your computer.  If you use a computer that others in your office or home can access when you are not around, then you may want to consider using a password to lock it. 


You can create a password that must be typed in when your computer is turned in.  To set a password that must be entered at the login screen, go to the Control Panel and open up User Accounts.  You can create a new account or change an existing account.  Then you can create a password for that account.


Another way to secure your computer after it has been started is to use the option in the screensaver, “On resume, use Welcome screen.”  After your computer goes to your screen saver after the pre-specified number of minutes of inactivity, your password will be required to get back out of the screensaver.


Here is a website that will give you ideas on how to create a better password.


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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