Marshall Adult Education


July 8, 2005

These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you have trouble reading this email or cannot use the links, you may read them on the internet.   
1.  Payroll timesheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, July 11th.  I must have all hours worked during the month of June turned in with this payroll.  This is a MUST so that the hours can be charged to the correct fiscal year.   -Barb
2.  A new set of Reading Skills stories has been posted on the Reading Skills for Today's  Adults webpage.  Check out New Stories - Set 6.
3.  Check out the archives from time to time - see if you missed anything on the website.  Old postings are regularly moved to the Archives page.  Also, remember, you can search the Marshall ABE website by using the Google search link at the bottom of the front page.
4.  Here are some neat websites to check out:
Test Prep Preview:  The online source for Free Practice Tests
GED Practice:  Sponsored by Steck-Vaughn, there are lots GED practice tests to take.  Register for free and start practicing.
Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt from the Lehmann Education Center has posted Exercises for English Level 4 students
Susan also has Intermediate English exercises here
Heather Turngren created reading exercises on a wide variety of topics.
5.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
6.  From the Trivia Department:  Planning on taking a trip in the future via airplane.  You can check out in advance your seat on any flight.  Find out if you are going to be comfortable, if you will have a movie, or a power supply for your laptop...   Check out Seat Guru and get the best seat!
Note - I will be out of town next week so I will not send announcements next Friday.  The office may or may not send some, but I will return with regular announcements in 2 weeks. I checked out my flight seat at Seat Guru and they are pretty good - seat 24B
7.  Thought for the week:   The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth." -Dan Rather

8.  TECH TIP:  Create a PDF File


If you want to send a file as an attachment, you have to be sure that the person receiving the file has the program you used to create the file.  For example, if you create a Microsoft Word file to send as an attachment, you must be sure that the person receiving the file also has Microsoft Word.  Not everyone has Microsoft Word!  (I didnít know that).  Macintosh people typically donít have Microsoft Word, although it is available for Macs.


Or if you want to send a Microsoft Publisher file or a file from some other program that someone is likely not to have, what do you do?


Hereís the solution:  Convert the file to an Acrobat Reader file sometimes called PDF files.  Anyone using any platform (PC or MAC) can open a PDF file using the free Acrobat Reader program. (available here: )


So, how do you do that?


There are 2 ways to create an Acrobat Reader file;  
      -  With the $100 Adobe Acrobat program - OR
      -  With a FREEWARE program call PrimoPDF

Note:  I have both Adobe Acrobat and PrimoPDF.  I use PrimoPDF . It is fast and easy to use and dependable.


The website to download this freeware program is:

You need to download the program and install it on your computer.

After it is installed on your computer, You are ready to make a PDF file. 


  1. Open a file (Word, Excel, Publisher - any file that you want to convert to PDF).
  2. Click on File and then click on Print
    Your print dialog box will open.  Click on the down arrow in the Name box Ė itís to the left of the Properties button.
  3. You will see PrimoPDF as one of the listed printers.
    Click on it.
  4. Click OK.  Click Browse
  5. Type a name for the PDF file where is says file name and locate where you want the PDF file to be saved (click on the down arrow at the top to the right of Save As.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click on the button next to For Print and click OK. (I donít normally use the For Screen option),
  8. Your PDF file will be saved on your hard drive in the location you specified. 

Thatís it - you can now send that file to anyone and they will be able to open it with Acrobat Reader.


Another reason to send Acrobat Reader files is that it prevents people from changing your document.  (They actually can hack into it with Adobe Acrobat or other programs like

Finally, If you donít have Microsoft Word and are looking for a word processor, check out this link.  There are a variety of word processing programs here and many are compatible with Microsoft Word.  Some are FREE.


Marshall ABE Links
Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.
Adult Learning Center Student Website - lots of student activities here.
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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