Marshall Adult Education


November 3, 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 -
  • 11-09-2006:  Both Barb and Pat will be out of the office.  Pat will be at a Workforce Conference and Barb will be attending GED Examiner training.
  • 11-10-2006:  The Courthouse will be closed in honor of Veteran's Day.  Someone will probably be in the office, but there will be no classes at the Courthouse.  Other classes will carry on as usual.
  • 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.  Classes will resume on January 2nd.


2.  Workforce is doing a training on November 27th from 9-12.   Training will be on how to use computer to get information that helps apply job market info to job development and career counseling.  If you have an interest in attending, please let me know.   ~Pat


3.  The November Class Schedule has been posted on the website.


4.  Consortium Staff Meeting - The Fall consortium staff meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th.  The meal will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the meeting agenda to begin at 5:00 p.m.  We expect that all of the business will be completed by 8:00 p.m.  The agenda is being finalized and will be sent prior to the meeting.  Please RSVP to Barb no later than Friday, November 10th.  Thank you.

5.  CASAS & Exits - Once October attendance is entered into the data system, you will be receiving instructions on exiting students for the first quarter.  Please be sure to stay on top of your CASAS testing so when this time comes you will be able to give level change information/and entry level information.
6.  Computer classes are available at Red Rock Central (Lamberton and Jeffers) and Redwood Falls.  Click on the links below for more information.




7.  Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award - Presented by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and Toyota.  The Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award is given to educators who demonstrate exemplary efforts to help parents and children achieve their academic and non-academic goals.

     - The 2007 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 award for his/her program, courtesy of Toyota. He/she also will receive a trip to the 16th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy in Orlando, Florida, March 2007, where he/she will be recognized as the "Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year."

     - Several finalists also will be selected and will receive free registration to the 16th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy plus hotel and travel expenses.


Download the nomination guidelines at and submit your nomination by December 1, 2006, to:

National Center for Family Literacy
Attn: TOY
325 West Main Street, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202-4237




8.  Southwest Minnesota State University invites you to be our guest for an informative video conference:  Spirituality and Religion in the Workplace:   Creating a Compatible Environment for Spiritual and Religious Values and Practices.  Details are on the available on the RCDC website (Regional Cultural Diversity Coalition).


9. 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.



10.  Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network has sent us some resources and a link to their website.  Click on the link below to read more.


11.  Suzlon Rotor Corp in Pipestone is hiring to meet new demands for wind turbines.  Read more about the positions available and download pdf files for more information.


12.  From Lois Schmidt - Several of you received this notice via University of MN Extension list; so you're in the know about this upcoming program;  I want to send it out also to inform others as well.

See attached news release on the Tuesday, November 14 Community Networking Program.  Lynn Schultz from Schwan's University will be presenting:  "It's About Time....Management."  The program will be at Schwan's University; 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

13.  Coats for Kids in Marshall:  To participate in the Coats for Kids program a person must call Western Community Action at 537-1416..............ask to register for the Coats for Kids program and they will take down name, size, and contact information.   No paper registration as done in the past will be accepted.


14.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:
15.  From the Trivia Department:   Having trouble remembering all the passwords to all those websites you visit.  Microsoft has development a Fingerprint Reader that allows you to log into your computer or website with the touch of your finger.  For about 30 bucks, you'll never have to remember another password again!  Check it out here.
16.  Thought for the week:  Setting a good example is not the main means of influencing another; it is the only means  ~Albert Einstein


17.  Tech Tip:  Steps to protecting your computer, Step 3:  Antivirus Protection


In this series of Tech Tips, we are discussing the steps to making your PC secure and prevent theft of your data and private information from falling into the wrong hands.


We talked about updating your computer regularly to keep security holes that are discovered by hackers sealed (See Update, Update, Update)


We talked about using a firewall to protect you from outside intruders.  Remember, there are 2 kinds of firewalls, a software firewall and a hardware firewall.  (See Firewalls)


Now we talk about something that you no doubt have heard about – antivirus software.  Updating and installing a firewall will go a long way in protecting your computer, but you still need to get protection from viruses and infections that will harm and destroy data on your computer.  A computer without any antivirus software will more than likely become infected with some sort of malware within minutes of surfing the internet.   


And then there is the possibility of getting infected from trusted sources – your co-workers or other computers on your LAN (Local Area Network), through email or file sharing.


OK – so we need antivirus software.  There are many programs which will do an excellent job protecting your computer.  And there are 2 ways to go – PAY or FREE.


The antivirus programs that you need to pay for usually have some additional features over the free programs.  Like being able to customize them with automatic updates and scheduling scans at your most convenient times. 


But do not minimize the free ones.  They may not have all the bells and whistles, but they do an excellent job protecting your computer from viruses and infections. 


If you want name recognition, then you want Norton Antivirus.  They have been around for a long time and although they don’t always get the top rating, they do an excellent job.


A highly recommend but relatively unknown program is Node 32.  This is a simple but powerful program that uses few system resources as it protects your computer (as opposed to Norton which uses a lot of your system resources).

Node 32 Antivirus Software


If you want to do a little research on your own, here are 3 sites that rate various antivirus programs.  Read the pros and cons of each one.

PC World Antivirus Reviews

2007 Antivirus Rviews

Top Ten Antivirus Reviews


Now the FREE ones.

One of the best is Grisoft AVG.  They have been around for a long time and they continue to offer an excellent program that is competitive with the “pay” programs.  Why do they offer it for free?  Because they want you to see how good it is and want you to buy there commercial version which does offer more options (but not necessarily better protection).


Another excellent free antivirus program is Avira Antivir PersonalEdition Classic.  This program also has a premium program that you can purchase for additional features.  But the free version offers excellent protection.


ClamWin is a free open source antivirus software.  This non-profit (that’s what open source software is) free software project has put together an excellent program that offers free virus definition upgrades.  Being open source, they are continually developing this program to refine it and make it better.


Whatever antivirus software package you use, be sure that you update the virus definitions regularly.  There are always new viruses coming online and you need to have constant protection from them.



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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


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