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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
April 22, 2005
 
1.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, April 25th.
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2.  End of Year - As we approach the end of our student contact hours year (April 30th), please be sure to keep in mind that you should do as much post testing as possible.  For accountability purposes, we must indicate whether or not a student has achieved a level change during the year.  I will be looking forward to receiving many CASAS post test scores when you turn in the Student Contact Hours for April.  This information will be due in the office on Monday, May 2nd.  Please plan ahead. 
 
Once I have all the hours, intakes and Casas information entered into the data base, I will be sending you a list of your active students asking you to do year end exits/carry overs.  This will need to be a quick turn around as I will that you have this information back to me by May 16th.  Our state report is due June 1st and I have to put all 4 sites (Marshall, Granite Falls, Worthington and Jackson) into one report so your cooperation is essential.
Thanks.  Barb
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3.  GED Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th at MN West in Granite Falls.  Anyone who has earned his/her GED since May 2004 through April 2005 is eligible to participate.  I will be sending out information to Marshall GED Test Center graduates.  If you have students that have earned their GED at a different test site, and you would like them to receive the information, please let me know their names and addresses.
 
Also, if instructors involved with GED will be attending the graduation, please let me know.  There will be things that you might be assigned to do that evening.  You will be paid for the time spent at the ceremony (approximately 2 hours), mileage will be paid ONLY if you car pool.   Barb
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4.  As you know, Marshall ABE is replacing the computers in the computer lab.  The old computers are being offered for sale to staff members (first).  The price is $250.  The specifications of these computers is as follows:  Pentium 3 running at 1Ghz, 128 MB Ram, 20 GB hard drives, CD ROM, 3 1/2 floppy drive, and includes 16"CRT monitor, keyboard, and mouse. After this week, we will be offering the computers to students and others for purchase.  If you are interested, please contact Barb.
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5.  Summer Plans - Please be thinking about your plans for the summer - will you be conducting class as usual or will it be modified in some way?  Let the office know as we will be looking to make sure all classes offered are COST EFFECTIVE
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6.  Consortium Staff Mtg - We are looking to hold our next consortium staff meeting on June 8th.  Right now plans are to do a day-long meeting at Shetek Lutheran Bible Camp - similar to the retreat day we held a couple of years ago.   More information will follow as details are firmed up.
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7.  Resource for Immigration questions:   Lois Schmidt recently went to a workshop in the Cities and met a gentleman who is willing to help folks find answers to immigration questions.   His name is Francisco Gonzalez.  He is a lawyer and employed by SE Technical Colleges.  
Office number:   507-389-7388
Cell number:  507-380-1086
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8.  ESL 2005 - A dynamic ESL Staff Development event for adult educators.  You can download a flyer with information about this event.  Click on the links below.
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9.  National Immigration Policy:  Reshaping Minnesota's Workforce and Culture is the topic of the next Minnesota Meeting, Monday, April 25, 2005 in Minneapolis  There will be a live webcast of this meeting.  A group of community leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, which includes representatives of immigrant communities, will gather in Marshall, Minnesota, for a “satellite meeting,” connected to the Minneapolis event via the Internet.  Visit this website for more information
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10.  The Minnesota Department of Education is seeking volunteers who are qualified and willing to review grant applications for federal Even Start funding.  Reviewers will be asked to read and score a group of applications from either rural or urban Minnesota prior to a review meeting which will occur on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at MDE.  Reimbursement for mileage and associated travel costs will be available.  Click on the link below to read more and download an application form.
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11.  Here is an insightful article regarding proposed federal cuts to ABE (73% cut for Minnesota).  This article was sent to me by Tom Cytron-Hysom.  -Barry Shaffer  
http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050502&s=steinberg
(Note, other articles and information on ABE Cuts can be found at the link below).
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/abe_cuts2.htm
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12.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here. 
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/job_listings.htm
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13.  From the Trivia Department:  The FBI has a new way of tracking terrorists on the internet
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14.  Thought for the week:  Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.  -Voltaire
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15.  TECH TIP:    Security Settings in Outlook and Outlook Express

 

“I can’t open that attachment!”  Ever heard that before?  Microsoft Outlook (2002 or later) and Outlook Express (Version 6) have stringent security settings that prevent many types of attachments from opening.  You actually receive the attachment but you get a message that says, “OE removed access to the following attachments in your mail: […]”

 

Microsoft has decided to go overboard and protect you from viruses and other malware by restricting by default all attachments they feel could be harmful to your computer.  So, it looks at the 3 letter extension of the attachment filename, and if it is one they don’t like, it is blocked.  (For a complete list of extensions that Outlook and Outlook Express blocks, see http://www.novatone.net/mag/mailsec.htm ).

 

“Well, thanks a lot, Microsoft, but I would like to have control myself over which attachments I want to open or not open.”  Well, you can!

 

In Outlook Express, it is actually quite simple to loosen security settings and be able to receive your attachments.  Do these steps (Remember, we are talking about Outlook Express 6 – which you should be using).

 

Click on Tools, then click on Options, the click on Security.

Uncheck the box next to:  Do not allow attachments to be opened or saved that could potentially be a virus.

 

That’s it – you will start receiving your attachments now.

 

NOTE: Under the Block Images section, you can also uncheck to box next to Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail.  You will then be able to see images in your email.

 

OK – that was easy.  However, doing the same thing in Outlook is not so easy.  The reason is because Microsoft does not allow you to set Outlook to receive potentially harmful emails.   You’re stuck!  So you go to their website and they offer some kindly suggestions.  They say for you to write the person who is sending you the attachment that you cannot open and have them change the 3 letter extension of the file to an extension that Outlook will not filter out – like .doc.  Example:  Someone sends you a file called grabber2k.exe and you can’t open it.  You write your friend and tell them to rename the file to grabber2k.doc and resend it to you.  When you get it, you change the name back to grabber 2k.exe.  Now you can receive it.

 

What a pain that is!  Well, Microsoft does offer other solutions – which you can read about here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/829982 - the worst of which is to go into your Registry and change some registry settings.  Wow!  Their warning on doing this is ominous!.  They clearly state that “If you use the Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system.”  OK – I wouldn’t suggest you do that!!!

 

So, here is the solution that is easy and painless  -  and which works just great!  (I have done it!)  There is a neat little program that you can download from the internet called Attachment Options (http://www.slovaktech.com/attachmentoptions.htm).  This is a free program (donations are accepted).  This program allows a user to determine which files can be opened and saved.  After you download and install the program, open Outlook.  Click on the Tools menu and select Options.  You will see a new tab called Attachment Security and Options.  In this dialogue area, you can select which attachments (extensions) you want to allow Outlook to receive.  No more, “Outlook removed access to the following attachments …” messages!  There are directions at the website to help you understand how the program works.

 

Try the solutions above to get those attachments you’ve been missing.  As always, never open an attachment from someone you don’t recognize.  Never click on advertisement links.  Update your virus definitions regularly.  Always be cautious and wary of what you receive in your email.

 

Safe emailing!

 


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