Marshall Adult Education


January 21, 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.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, January 23rd.
2.  Starting  January 17th, we will  offer a Civics ESL Class.  This class is for higher level ESL students and will be funded through the Civics Grant.  We will be scheduling the class from 6:30/7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for 4 days per week.  The class will run for 22 weeks.  Kim Shaikoski will be teaching these classes.  Kim has worked with our program in the past and has her ESL licensure.




3.  Legislative Day sponsored by Southwest ABE and Southwest Minnesota Priviate Industry Council will take place at the Lyon County Government Center on Thursday, February 2nd at 2:45 PM.  Read more about this special day at the following link:


4.  Western Community Action and Extension are providing a Financial Empowerment Workshop for consumers at the Wells Fargo Bank in Marshall.  Please share this information with your students.  Click on the link below to download an Acrobat Reader file with more details:




5.  MLC is seeking submissions for To Open Your Mind.  The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 17.  Read more here.


6.  The Reading Skills for Today's Adults on-line version is up and running.  Students can now go through the Reading Skills program on-line.  Check it out here.


7.  There is a new Adult Diploma Policy from the Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE).  Click on the link below


8.  Bella Hanson has provided a resource link that could be used by ABE programs and staff to improve learner persistence.  These resources have been developed by NCSALL and are located at:



9.  A new PowerPoint presentation called Posting A Resume to Minnesota's Job Bank by Kevin Honetschlager is on the ABE Website.  This presentation was a part of the January 7th Consortium Meeting.  Check it out here:


10.  The Bremer Update for Non-Profits is on-line - click on the link below.


11.  There is a free training session on Tax Credits for Service Providers being offered in the Twin Cities.  There is one session still available - Read about this training here.


12.  Marshall ABE is part of the Financial Literacy Grant awarded by the United Way.  Read about it here:


14.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
15.  From the Trivia Department:   "I wish I could set up a website."  Well, you can.  My friend, Bob Rankin, (he doesn't know he's my friend), has it all laid out for you.  Check out his primer "Setting up a website."


16.  Thought for the week:  Word of the Month:  Manumit means "to release from slavery."  Used in a sentence:  On February 1, 1865, Abraham Lincoln approved the Thirteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which, when ratified by the states, would manumit millions of Americans.  (Now aren't you glad you read these announcements!).


17.  TECH TIP:  Setting Publisher Options

Publisher has relatively few Options (or preferences) to set compared to Microsoft Word.  So before you get into your Publisher document, check out these options.  You only have to do this once – unless you change your mind and decide to change something.  So here we go – check out your Publisher options.


Click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.

There are only 7 tabs to worry about – and some of these you don’t have to even look at. (Word has 11 tabs loaded with tons of preferences in each one).

The General Tab

  • Measurement Units:  Most people will want to use inches – change to centimeters if you plan to move to Europe – or one of the other settings if you are a computer geek.  I use inches.
  • Show Basic Colors in Colors Palette – check this if you are color-challenged or just want things simpler – I like to see the full spectrum of colors
  • Use New Publication Task Pane at startup – If you want a bunch of options before you even start designing your layout, check this box.  I don’t check it – I want to get working immediately.  If you uncheck it, you can always get the options back by clicking on File and the New.


File Locations (File types and locations)

  • Publications:  I change the default file location for Documents.  It is set to save your Publisher files in the My documents folder.  I always like to save my new files right on the Desktop and then later move them into the folder I want to permanently store them in.  So, I change this setting to Desktop.  Click on Publication, click on Modify, click on Desktop, and click on OK – that’s it – you have set your default to Desktop for saving all new publications.
  • Pictures:  I don’t change this on – I do like to store my pictures in the My Pictures folder (located in My Documents folder).

Service Options

Go ahead and click on it and read it.  It’s an invitation to invade your privacy… No Thanks!


Next time, we will cover more tabs in the Options menu.



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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