Distance Learning group sets workshop schedules
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

Oct. 17, 2005 - The ET-LINC distance learning consortium that has been serving five area school districts for the last few years is now offering workshops to Hopkins County community members through various night courses that will begin at the end of October.

Students from Alba-Golden, Gladewater, Mount Vernon, Rains and Yantis have been able to take advantage of ET-LINC classrooms that offer high school and college duel credits by connecting over fiber optic cable with full motion video and audio system TV’s that allow them to interact with students in other ET-LINC classrooms just as if they were a few feet away. Two to four classrooms can be connected for a session.

Beginning this month, community members interested in learning “Computer Crafts and Projects,” “SAT/ACT Prep” courses, “Crafts and Favors for Elementary Children,” “Creating Your Own Christmas Cards”  or “MS Word for Beginners,” will be able to enjoy learning more about these topics through the ET-LINC classrooms, and are encouraged to contact Michael Alphin at Yantis High School by calling 903-383-2462 or e-mailing him at malphin@yantisisd.net.

The first program offered will be “Computer Crafts and Projects.” The instructor will discuss and show inexpensive programs to create stationery, invitations, calenders, t-shirts, pillows, magnets, school projects and much more. This workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The deadline to register is by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

An “SAT/ACT Prep” workshop will be offered Monday, Nov.14., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants must provide their own SAT Princeton Review  book. Many school districts provide this book for their students, therefore participants should contact their own schools to find out if books are available. Deadline for registration will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. a course will be presented for parents and teachers entitled, “Crafts and Favors for Elementary Children.” Those attending will be given ideas and patterns for craft items to make their children’s parties fun and memorable, plus exciting art projects. The deadline to register for this program is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

�Creating Your Own Christmas Cards,� will also be presented in November. This workshop� is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Ideas for creating personalized cards for Christmas and other special occasions will be given. Embossing using rubber stamps and what pens to use for lettering and coloring are just a couple of topics that will be discussed. The deadline to register for this workshop is Wednesday, Nov. 16.

One workshop will be presented in December. “MS Word for Beginners, Parts 1-2,” will focus on the basics of creating a Word document and word processing. Part 1 will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and the second session will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Each class will last two hours from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include learning how to save a document, how to set margins, insert pictures and WordArt, as well as other valuable information. The deadline for this program is Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Seating is limited for all workshops, so register early.

Information regarding these workshops is also available by contacting Dianne Keller, schedule coordinator for ET-LINK at 903-845-5591.

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