Community Education


Five levels of developmental reading classes are available for adults (17 years and older) at Hawthorne Education Center. Some are Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes, and others are Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) courses.

All classes are free for U.S citizens, permanent U.S. residents(green card holders); fees are required for persons visiting the United States temporarily.

The beginning ABE reading classes focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency while also developing vocabulary and comprehension skills. The intermediate and advanced reading classes focus on developing vocabulary and comprehension skills, and provide much more individualized learning opportunities. All ABE reading classes have open enrollment, so new students can enter a class at any time during the quarter. A reading placement test is required to take an ABE reading class.

Please call (507) 328-4440 to schedule an appointment.

As a result of a collaborative effort between Rochester Public Schools and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), students can now take RCTC’s developmental reading courses (0800 and 0900) at Hawthorne Education Center for free! These courses have managed enrollment, so new students can enter only within the first week of each quarter.

For more information or to register for an RCTC course at Hawthorne Education Center, contact Kim Fanning on (507) 328-4445 or email

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