Tuesday, August 17, 2010

DC government news, August 17

  • Chat with Cheh, August 21:   Meet with Ward CM Mary Cheh between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at New Morning Farmers Market at Sheridan School (36th St and Alton Pl NW).
  • The Metropolitan Washington Regional HIV Health Services Planning Council meeting:   The meeting is scheduled for August 26 at 5:30 pm at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St NW, Room 1117).   Dinner will be served at 5:00 and the meeting will begin at 5:30 pm.   Direct questions to Michael Tietjen, Planning Council Coordinator, at 671-4824 or via email.   Or, go online to the planning council's web site.   This meeting was noticed in the August 13 DCR.
  • Online resources for adult learners and those who teach them at DCPL:   DC Public Library has an array of services for adult ed programs and adult learners.   Even better is that the library has expanded its offerings recently.   Access to most of the services requires a DC library card.   And before we get to the resource, a big shout out to Ben Merrion for sharing this information!
    • All services can be found on this DCPL web page.
    • Skills Tutor offers Internet-delivered basic reading, math, workforce readiness and employability skills for adult learners.   To access it, send an email with your first and last name and/or the names of your student(s) to SkillsTutor.   More info is here.
    • Free online tutors are available to help with homework and basic career documents, etc.   Just click this link, type in your DCPL card number and you are good to go!
    • The Learning Express Library offers GED prep courses and tests in English and Spanish and a bunch of other courses in computers, workplace skill improvement, and occupational testing.
  • Tenant Summit 2010, September 25:   The Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA) is holding this year's event at Gallaudet University's Kellogg Conference Center (800 Florida Ave NE) September 25 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.   You can register online and take a pre-summit survey by using this link.   Spanish language materials are available, as are hard-copy materials.   Contact Charles Davis (719-6560, email) for more information.

    OTA is looking for organizations to table at the event.   To register to table, use the participant registration link above.

  • Public feedback is sought for DC.gov redesign:   Not that long ago, OCTO and Mayor Fenty launched DC.Gov 2.0.   The city web site finally caught up with executive branch agencies' new design.   I have to say, it is a lot cleaner.   However. . .

    That is why the government is looking for feedback on the new platform, most notably the design and tools.   Let the government know what you think by taking the survey on this page.   The government also wants to know about broken links, inevitable in any redesign.

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