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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, June 11, 1974-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Ada Turner helps young girls prepare for secretarial work. Business teacher gives last note By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer For years, graduates of the business course at Coaldale Kate Andrews High School could return to the school to thank Ada Turner for teaching them the knowledge they needed to compete effectively in the work force. She was always there As of the end of this month, the familiar sparkling face of Mrs. Turner no longer looks over a class of students working on business machines, typewriters and shorthand dictation. Instead she is travelling with her husband across Canada and throughout Alberta enjoying the scenery and visiting their five children Mr and Mrs Turner decided to retire from work the same year and "enjoy the prime time" of life together For Mrs. Turner, retirement means the end of 19 "fun" years of teaching in schools A job she never "once stopped to think of as a career I just went out and taught j-rhno) she disagrees with those who suggest leaching is an easy job "1 Know it hard work You're dead tired at the end of the day because of the mental alertness that you have got to maintain" in the classroom. "You have to be alive to keep up with the she explains She is modest about the tremendous success her students have had in obtaining employment in business offices without any additional college or business school education. "Some of them have held some pretty fair was about all she would say Others are not quite so modest. Linda Francis, counsellor with Canada Manpower, says graduates from Mrs. Turner's courses are always in demand in the Lethbridge business community "I don't know what she does, but her girls are good." she said in an interview. The majority of her students, she adds, are prepared to go directly to a job without any further training Mrs Francis the Kate Andrews High School business course graduates are not only "well prepared" for office work but thev arc also well informed on how to find a job and the public relations of working in an office. Praise from her former graduates contacted by The Herald ranged from "she is fantastic" to "we got the best training available." Vicki Lilli, a stenographer with the department of agriculture, says the training she received prepared her for every aspect of the job. "I really appreciate the training I got says the young stenographer who has always "dreamed of working in an office Mrs. Turner "impressed on us" the necessity of accuracy in typing and shorthand "She always made us turn out mailable copy." Mrs. Lilli recalls Regina Granson, a stenographer with the department of youth culture and recreation, says the week of on the job training that Mrs. Turner insisted her students participate in was very valuable in the overall training for on job work She also says she didn't need any other training to prepare her for an office job That sentiment was echoed b> Gcrda Littau. office clerk at Dunlop Ford who says the teaching of Mrs Turner helped her "get a good job." Mrs. Turner credits her experience in the business office prior to entering the teaching profession with providing her with the background needed to prepare students for on the job situations. The knowledge gained during her business experience of 20 years ago is still applicable to the office situation today, she says The business office hasn't changed as much as people think, she adds. Many of the machines used in the office have been made more compact and the electric typewriter has made a great deal of difference in speed and comfort, but other changes in the routine of office work have been miminal. she explains She says there is some difference in the students today compared with a few >ears ago but basically stUl are the same "Before they were determined to get a job. now they haven't exactly made up their mind Bui she was quick to point out that those who "want something will still work for it." Another change in students during the past few years has been their increasing tendency to question the curriculum and the teacher "They used to take your word as relatively secure, but now you must prove your word to be true Mr. Turner quickly leaned forward and smiled. "Students may question more, but that's she suggested. Business training at the high school level, is particulary valuable to students because there are very few jobs today that don't require some type of training related to business The students who have beers occasionally returning to thank Mrs. Turner for preparing them an easy adaptation to the world of business will likely find her working in the vard or reading or doing something around her home in Coaldale that is after she and her husband complete their travels "I am looking forward to retirement now. but I likely won t know what to do with myself" after a few months she forecasts ;