Marshall Adult Education


March 22nd, 2008


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1.    March/April Dates 
               *  Monday, March 24 - Easter Monday - Classes at teacher's discretion. 
                  * Monday, March 31 to April 4 - Barb will be out of the office

2.    Inventory - You were given information on Inventory at the January meeting.  A reminder that these should be turned in by April 15th. This is coming quickly! 


3.   Wish Lists - We do have funds for new instructional materials.  Your "Wish Lists" should be turned in no later than May 1st.  Call if you need a catalog or other information.  If you do not have a copy of the "Wish List" form, please email Barb and it will be sent to you. 
4.    Spring Regional - Friday April 18 - Jackpot Junction - If you wish to attend, you should do your own registration (but let Barb know). You will be reimbursed once you have attended - again paid according to number of CEUs earned. We will pay mileage - please try to car pool if at all possible.  You can register at  Look for the link to Southwest Regional Workshop.  Registration deadline is April 15th.


5.    CASAS - We will begin phasing in the new Life and Works Reading series very shortly.  After May 1st we will use only the Life & Works for reading assessments.  You should have received the testing information this past week.


6.  Computer Instructor - We are very pleased to let you know that we have hired a new computer instructor for the Marshall site.  Lary Parker of Tracy started working on Monday, March 17th.  Lary is the former owner of Tracy Computer & Office Supply and has an extensive background in training and motivating people in the IT business.  In addition, Lary is a magician doing stand up comedy and magic shows.  We are certain that Lary will be a good asset to our ABE team.  Welcome!


7.    Regional MnSCU - ABE Informational Workshops Registration      "If your responsibility in our ABE program involves individuals in the GED area......I would encourage you to consider attending the following workshop on Accuplacer at the Granite campus on May 16th.  You will need to register yourself but our office would appreciate knowing if you intend to participate. Thanks!"   Pat


Friday April 18 at North Hennepin Community College

Friday April 25 at Inver Hills Community College

Friday May 16 at MN West Community & Technical College – Granite Falls

Friday May 23 at South Central Technical College – North Mankato

Friday June 13 at Northwest Technical College - Bemidji

Friday June 20 at Mesabi Range Community & Technical College - Virginia

All workshops will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will include lunch. The workshops will provide participants an overview of college admissions processes including: placement testing with Accuplacer, admissions and financial aid, advising, degree and program overview, and related services available, e.g. disability services and developmental education. Registrations will be taken in the order they are received (there are no reserved places). Each workshop can accommodate up to 50 participants.

Registration is open to all Minnesota ABE program staff. Please register “on-line” only on the ATLAS website at:

Please e-mail questions regarding the workshops to


8.   Hello - The latest edition of WorkForce Wisdom, the quarterly newsletter for businesses, is attached. Read about the new MinnesotaWorks job bank, employment law updates, E-verify, affordable learning opportunities and the unemployment rates for the area. *Just a note; registrations are still being accepted for the March 20th EEOC/Metric Tools employer seminar highlighted on page 3 -please call number listed to register. Also, take a look the 10th Annual Business Management Seminar "Dealing With Negative Attitudes In the Workplace" being held in Morton, MN on Friday, April 16th - details on page 4

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Denise Myhrberg
Business Services Specialist
Marshall WorkForce Center
Department of Employment & Economic Development
607 W. Main Street , Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: 507/537-6236 FAX: 507/537-6362
Toll free: 1-888-GET-JOBS


9.  Special Attention to GED Instructors!

I'd like to invite you to be part of an ATLAS program project on the Transitions to Post-Secondary Initiative. ATLAS is coordinating a curriculum alignment project designed to identify how ABE transitions curricula are or are not aligning with post-secondary training career paths. This project begins with an important survey of ABE Transitions teachers as well as MnSCU faculty (focused on education in trades, health care, and developmental education). 

We invite you to participate in this survey by clicking on the link below:
ABE survey link

 The survey should take about 15 minutes, and will provide much-needed information on how and what you do. Our goals are: 1) to collect information on the content and skills taught in ABE programs which work to transition students from ABE into post-secondary programs, 2) to compare them to the knowledge and skills required for success at the post-secondary level as described by Minnesota technical and college faculty and 3) to identify and disseminate promising practices for transitions to post-secondary instruction.

Thank you for your assistance with this important project.  Please note that participants will not be individually identified and no contact information will be collected as a part of this survey.

Thank you for all you do!

Kimberly Johnson
Assistant Professor/ATLAS Coordinator
Hamline University



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        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.

Barb Glaeser
SW ABE - Marshall
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258