Not everyone follows the traditional path of education, some students veer off early, others travel from far away and enter in the middle as teens or as adults. Some individuals complete the path but need to retrace their steps or learn new ones. Rochester's Adult Literacy Program can be a new route to learning. Anyone 17 or older may chart a new and personalized educational path by entering an Adult Literacy class.
In May of 2017, Bridges to College and Careers—Bridges to Healthcare was announced as a finalist in Innovations in American Government Awards competition by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Rochester’s Bridges to College and Careers—Bridges to Healthcare is a multi-year project joining Hawthorne Education Center with Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), in collaboration with Workforce Development, Inc., United Way of Olmsted County, and Mayo Clinic, to provide the courses and supports that successfully transition immigrant, refugee, and/or basic skills deficient adult learners from Adult Basic Education to credit-bearing, post-secondary certifications and degrees in healthcare. These institutions/organizations with diverse cultures, funding sources, philosophies, and staffs have united and shared their strengths to improve post-secondary outcomes for at-risk students.