Marshall Adult Education


August 19, 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.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, August 22nd.
2.  From Pat:  The good news and the "bad" news:
The good news of course first:
I was truly impressed on the number of folks who shared both with myself and our staff also attending, on the presence our Marshall program has throughout the state.  This has happened due to the fact we have created new curriculum, etc and probably the most important is our website.   People came up and told us they are frequently using our website for new material and resources.   Wow!   Felt pretty awesome.  In fact one of our staff presented and folks came sharing they just figured that if it came out of our program it had to be good!    Kudos to Charlie, Sally, and all working on our curriculum!
We also were recognized at a general session of all participants by Barry Shaffer, the state director, for the efforts we put forth in the legislative arena.
(See this webpage for info on our Legislative Day at the Marshall ABE)
Now of course the not so good news:  
The state had set targeted goals for % of students completing a level change.  The target was overall of 28%.  Our consortium came in at a 24% which will mean that the state office will probably visit us sometime this year to help come up with a plan to raise our %.   If you remember I invited these folks out last January anticipating that we would not hit the targeted goal as a proactive measure.  Although our % is a combination of all 4 of our regions...........our region has not been the area that helps bring the % up.   So work ahead!
3.  Tentative Date for the September Consortium Staff Meeting is Saturday, September 17th.  You can sign up for the meeting on-line - click on the link below.
4.  This is a press release regarding the technology grant of which SW ABE is a part of.   It should be noted that several Marshall ABE members have already received training in Blackboard and will receive training in streaming media next week.  Our equipment is due to arrive next week at which time we will begin to develop some of the objectives of the grant.  Click on the link to read more about this grant. 
5.  Here is information on the 2005 K-12 Education Credit.  There are 3 Acrobat Reader files available with important information including information in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, & Vietnamese).   Click on the link below.
6.  There are a series of half day seminars around the state on "Dads and Early Childhood Development."  There is one in Marshall on October 6, 2005.  Click on the link below to read more.
7.  The 4th Annual Southwest Minnesota Workforce Summit will focus on Renewal, and solutions to the issues that we are facing in Southwest Minnesota. Keynote Speaker is Gus Whalen, from the Warren Featherbone Company. Click on the link below for information on this event.
For more information, click on the link below to download an Acrobat Reader file.
8.  The Otto Bremer Foundation has added Civic Engagement as a focus for their grant opportunities.  Please look at the following and consider if you could develop any projects we could consider for requesting funding.
9.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.


10.  From the Trivia Department:  Looking to buy a car - start here!  This is the premier on-line resourse for automotive information.  Get your prices, reviews, and information from this website.


11.  Thought for the week:  The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement!  Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential.  If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams.  ~Sidney Madwed


12.  TECH TIP:  Drag and Drop between Files and Applications


Here’s a neat little tip that will save you a lot of time.  You can drag and drop text or graphics between different files or even different applications.  Say you have some text in one Word file and you want to place it in another word file.  Here’s an example - follow these steps:


1.  Open the Word file that has text you want to move.  And open a blank Word document
2.  Select the text (drag over it to highlight it).
3.  Now hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and drag the highlighted text to the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen over the blank (Untitled )document (Don't let the mouse button go yet - read on!)
4.  The blank (Untitled) document will open and you can move the mouse to the top of the document and release the mouse button.  The text is placed in the blank document.


NOTE:  By holding down the Control key, you have left a copy of the selected text in the original document.  If you don’t hold down the Control key, you will move the selected text from the original document and place it in the blank document.


You can do the same for graphics – hold down the Control key and drag the graphic to the Task Bar over the Blank document and move the mouse cursor to the location you want it to be place.


Now here’s a bonus. 

You can also drag and drop between different applications.  For example, If there is some text (or a picture) on a webpage you want to put in a Word document, just select the text and the webpage and drag it to a blank (Untitled) document (or any document) in the Task Bar.  The same goes for pictures on a webpage – drag and drop them to a Word document.  Note – if the text or picture you want to drag is a link, you will get the link placed in the document instead of the actual text or picture.  Experiment with this.


You can also drag and drop pictures from your My Pictures folder right to a Word Document.  That’s very cool!  For that matter, you can drag and drop pictures from any folder to a Word document.


Try some of these drag and drop techniques – save yourself a lot of time when copying text or graphics between different files or different applications.


For more Drag and Drop tips, see this Tech Tip:




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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