Marshall Adult Education


March 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.  Time sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, March 20th.
2.  Wish Lists -- In reviewing the budget, we find that we are able to buy a limited amount of instructional materials for next year.  If there is anything you need, please ask Barb for a Wish List Form.  You will be asked to describe how the materials will help/benefit your class and consortium.
3.  Our local Workforce Center will be hosting a workshop on April 3rd from 10-12 at St Stephen's.  The workshop will be done be Legal Aide to go through immigration/refugee  papers that are required and field questions folks may have regarding this.  I would like all who work with the ESL population attend this workshop if at all possible.   An invitation and registration form is available at the link below (it is an Acrobat Reader file)  ~Pat

4.  Spring ABE Regional Workshop:  The date of Saturday, April 29th, has been set as the Spring Regional at Jackpot Junction.  More information on this workshop will be put into the updates as it becomes available.


5.  Our testimony before the Senate Committee hearing our funding bill (SB 894) went very well yesterday.  The Committee seemed receptive, and I am sure will put our requested funding in their committee recommendations.


Those speaking for us included Pat Thomas, who did a really stellar job; an adult diploma graduate from the Hubbs Center, who spoke eloquently about the importance of adult education in her life; two recent Hmong arrivals - one from Roseville, one from St.  Paul - who spoke on the importance of intensive ESL; and myself.


Overall, we made a really good showing.  Thanks to everyone for their support!


The next challenge will be to get a committee hearing in the House - Brad is working on this.


6.  The 2006 ABE Statewide Summer Institute:  A Conference Sponsored by Literacy Minnesota and the Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA).  Some information has been posted.  Check it out here and check back later for updates.



7.  Read the latest legislative update on voter registration and proof of citizenship and voter picture identification.  Click on the link below.
8.  Here is another legislative update from the Literacy Minnesota web site.



9.  The March-April Bremer Update for Nonprofits is on-line.  This E-Newsletter has items of interest to nonprofit and community organizations, their board members, volunteers and Bremer Bank staff involved in the Bremer communities of Willmar, Marshall, Redwood Falls and surrounding areas. Read it here.


10.  From the Trivia Department:   Any Sudoku fans out there?  Here's a website that lets you solve Sudoku puzzles on-line.  You can get help if you want.  Try a couple of these - be careful - you may become addicted.

11.  Thought for the week:  The mentor/teacher is the person who sees who you are, sees your beauty, falls in love with it, helps and inspires it, giving it a chance to bloom in the world.  ~James Hillman


12.  Tech Tip:  Removing Personal Information in a Word File

When you create a document on your computer in Microsoft Word, did you know that your name and initials are stamped in the document? 


Here’s how you see what information is hidden in a saved Word file.  Click on the File menu and then click on Properties.  There are several tabs in this pop-up window.  Click on the Summary tab.  You will see your name in the text area by Author.  Or, I should say, you will find the name of the owner of that computer there.  There may be other information in some of the other text areas.   


If you decide that you do not want this personal information showing, click on the Tools menu, then click on Options, and click on the Security tab.  Click on the box next to "Remove personal information from the file on save."  That’s it – When you save this file, there will be no personal information identifying you as the author.  Cool!


Can you think of any reason to do this?  What if you are sitting at someone else’s computer?  What is someone else is sitting at your computer?  In both of these cases, there will be personal information embedded in the file that does not reflect the true author of the document.  Hmmm.


What if you create a file and send it to someone with your personal information embedded in it?  Someone else could alter the file and save it.  Your personal information is still embedded in the revised file.  Hmmm.


If you are security conscious, you may want to create files without your personal information in them.  Next week, we will learn how to make all Word files not show personal information by changing the file.

That's it - Have a great week!




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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