Marshall Adult Education


March 24, 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.  The GED testing schedule for April has been posted.  Click on the link below.
2.  The GED Graduation date has been set for May 23 at 7:30 PM.  The graduation ceremony is at MN West campus in Granite Falls.  Check out this page as details become available.
3.  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.
4.  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
5.  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.


6.  Here is a link to legislative updates from Literacy Minnesota.


7.  The ABE Statewide Summer Institute will be held at St. John's University Campus in Collegeville, August 2-4, 2006.  More details have been posted.  All within the Marshall Region are asked to run their ideas for presentation pass Pat first.   Also if you have an interest in attending this conference, please let Barb or Pat know by May 1st.   This does not commit you to attend but would give us an idea of how many would be interested in attending.  Click on the link below to read more and to download a Call For Presentations form.
8.  From Pat:  We have posted the information I provided on March 16th when I testified in front of the Senate Committee hearing our bill to increase ABE revenue.   The committee did pass a recommendation following testimony to include this request in a letter to the Finance Committee.   There is also testimony from two ESL students who spoke.

9.  Pat:   Following is an article on a new program that President Bush is proposing....something that would ( I would guess) do a "number" on Workforce Training Programs.   Thought you might be interested in reading some of unique ideas that the current administration has on fellow partner.   The article Bush Voucher Plan Threatens Career Centers" can be found at:


10.  Here's a neat site with some Adult Learner Activities.  Check it out with you students.


11.  From Denise Myhrberg, DEED Business Services:  Here is the latest edition of the WorkForce Wisdom quarterly newsletter..  Read about the 8th annual Business Management  Seminar scheduled for April 28 at Jackpot Junction Convention Center (brochure attached) and find out what the Labor Force Projections by Age are for your area. 

Also, there's still time to register for the March 30th seminar sponsored by the Southwest Human Resource Association (SHRA)  on employment law and how to assess  training needs.   Please see the attached seminar brochure for more information. 
12.  From the Trivia Department:   Astronomy Picture of the Day:  Any star-gazers out there?  Everyday, you get a new picture of the universe with a brief explanation of what it is.  Pretty cool if you are a star-gazer!

13.  Thought for the week:  Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing by the shape of the spoon.  ~E. M. Forster


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

Last week, we learned about how to remove personal information from being embedded in your Word files.  OK what if you want to make every file like this no personal information is saved with all Word files?  You need to do the same thing we learned about last week to the file.  The file is the default blank file that opens whenever you start a new document. 


This is a little more complex process but easily done.  Follow these steps to find your file (it is a hidden file - we have to unhide it) and then make the change to it.


  1. Double click on My Computer.
  2. Click on the Tools menu in the top menu bar.
  3. Click on Folder Options...
  4. Click on the View Tab
  5. Click on the little button next to "Show hidden files and folders" (in the Advanced Settings box)
  6. Click OK.
  7. Double click on Local Disk (C:)
  8. Double click on the Documents and Settings folder
  9. Double click on the folder with your user name
  10. Double click on Application Data. (That folder will be dimmed)
  11. Double click on the Microsoft folder.
  12. Double click on the Templates folder.
  13. Right click on the file and select Open (be sure to open it this way).
  14. Make the changes to your file by 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." 
  15. Save your file.  Since you change a security setting you may get a privacy warning just click OK to close the pop-up.
  16. Now you need to hide your hidden folders again
  17. Click on the Tools menu in the top menu bar.
  18. Click on Folder Options...
  19. Click on the View tab.
  20. Click on the little button next to "Do not show hidden files and folders" (in the Advanced Settings box)
  21. Click on OK.
  22. Close all the open windows and you are done!

Now all the Word files created on your computer will have no personal information hidden in the file. 


Learn more about the file by reading these Tech Tips:

Fixing your

Customizing your file



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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