Programs

Adult Basic Education

Adults, 17 years and older can improve their skills in reading, writing, math and computer. Face-to-face classes are available with a teacher, as well as computer-based programs for use both in and away from school. These classes can help you get prepared for college and employment.

These classes are intended for adults who are not enrolled in another K-12 program. 

For more information, please call (507) 328-4440.

Contact Us

Hawthorne Education Center | Room 312, 700 4th Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904

Main Office: (507) 328-4440
Fax: (507) 328-4441 


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Student Portal

Bridges to Careers

Bridges to Careers offers a variety of options to help individuals to transition into employment or college courses at RCTC. 

What are the benefits? 
  • Applying for RCTC and for Financial Aid 
  • Receiving academic support at both Hawthorne and RCTC 
  • Career planning and job placement 
  • Additional support as you balance the demands of life, work, and school 

In order to qualify for these programs, your academic skills have not yet reached college level or you may be experiencing other life barriers. You must also be eligible to work in the United States.

Contact Us

Hawthorne Education Center, 700 4th Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904

Main Office: (507) 328-4440
Fax: (507) 328-4441 

Hawthorne Transition Courses:
  • Reading for College and Career I 
  • Reading for College and Career II 
  • Writing for College and Career I 
  • Writing for College and Career II 
  • Adult CPR/AED 
  • Keyboarding for College 
  • Transitions to College: Intro to D2L 
  • Certified Nursing Assistant 
  • Home Health Aide 
  • Psychology Preparation 
  • Medical Terminology Preparation 
  • Career Pathways 
  • Anatomy & Physiology Preparation 
  • Math Preparation 

Courses that are integrated with RCTC continue to receive support from Hawthorne staff and other RCTC faculty.

In partnership with RCTC, Hawthorne Education Center provides three direct pathways to continue your education:
  • Healthcare Career
  • Administrative Office Professional Career
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Education Career
How do I enroll in this program?

For more information on Bridges to Careers or to schedule an appointment, please call (507) 328-4486.

Citizenship

Hawthorne Education Center provides citizenship preparation classes to lawful permanent residents.  These classes prepare students to take the citizenship test and interview.

If you have any questions or want to register for class, please contact Marcia Hartman, at (507) 328-4440 or by email.

To become a U.S. citizen you must:

  • be at least eighteen years old.
  • have been a permanent resident for at least five years or three years if married to a U.S. citizen.
  • speak, read and write English.

Contact Us

Hawthorne Education Center | Room 312, 700 4th Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904

Main Office: (507) 328-4440
Fax: (507) 328-4441 


Study for the Test
Legal Resources

Computer Literacy

Hawthorne Education Center is a Sponsoring site for the Northstar Digital Literacy program. Through learning, assessments and proctored tests, students can gain a certificate in Computer Literacy.

There are ten modules but students can take any combination of the ten modules. We recommend students take the core modules of basic computer skills, internet use, Windows 10, using email, and Microsoft Word 2016. Other modules available are: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Social Media, Apple OS X operating system, and Information Literacy.

There is no cost involved in taking the Northstar Assessments and proctored tests.

The students take assessments, and proctored tests, through Hawthorne's own Northstar portal and learn using the LearnerWeb platform.  This means that we are able to monitor student progress, view student results and assist students with areas of difficulty as well as compile student certificates.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the Computer Literacy using the Northstar Digital Literacy program at Hawthorne please email Monica Benavidez.

Digital Literacy Program

Distance Learning

Distance Learning at Hawthorne gives students the opportunity to mix classroom study with working from home, especially when schedules are busy and time is tight. Distance Learning allows students to work at their own pace on individualized programs.  

The Distance Learning platforms at Hawthorne are:

  • Plato Edmentum
  • IXL
  • Northstar Digital Literacy
  • LearnerWeb
  • Mobymax
  • ReadTheory

To participate in Distance Learning, learners should have access to a computer, a reliable internet connection, and the necessary software to make Distance Learning a successful option. Perspective students must make an appointment to sign up for Distance Learning offerings. New students to Hawthorne should plan for a one hour appointment; current Hawthorne students can plan for a 15 minute appointment. 

 

Contact Us

Hawthorne Education Center | Room 312A, 700 4th Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904

Main Office: (507) 328-4440
Fax: (507) 328-4441 


Plato Edmentum
IXL
Northstar
Learner Web
Mobymax
Read Theory

English as a Second Language

Seven levels of language training are available for adults (17 years and older) who are non-native English speakers. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings to accommodate busy work and study schedules. Courses are free for permanent U.S. residents; fees are required for persons visiting the United States temporarily. 

The English Program operates on a ten-week quarterly schedule twelve months per year, but new students are welcome to enter classes at any time. Beginning and intermediate courses provide instruction and practice in reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Advanced courses provide instruction and practice in college preparatory language skills and in conversation and pronunciation. Most courses range in size from 10 to 20 learners, and all courses are taught entirely in English. Emphasis is given to small group activities so that learners have ample opportunity to practice the language that they are learning. With approximately thirty countries represented in its student population, the Adult Literacy Program also provides opportunity for students to learn from each other about the rest of the world. 

Many English language learners supplement their classroom instruction by working independently in the main Hawthorne computer lab, where they improve reading skills, develop vocabulary, and practice pronunciation. 

To make a placement test appointment please call (507) 328-4440 or email.

Contact Us

Hawthorne Education Center | Room 312, 700 4th Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904

Main Office: (507) 328-4440
Fax: (507) 328-4441 

Family Literacy

Rochester Family Literacy combines adult literacy, parent education, and early childhood education into one program to provide a comprehensive family literacy program for families with children birth to seven years of age.

Eligible families:

  • Have a child, age birth to seven years of age.
  • Qualify for free and reduced lunch
  • Have English as a second language; wish to complete the GED or High School Diploma, or College and Job Training
  • Live in the Rochester Public School District


To enroll please call (507) 328-4440 or email.

Contact Us

Hawthorne Education Center
700 4th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Main Office: (507) 328-4440
Fax: (507) 328-4441 

General Educational Development (GED) Prep and Tests

The MN State Adult Diploma Program is a standards based, competency diploma program.

Diploma competency areas include: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Digital Literacy and Career Development and Employability Skills.

Am I eligible?

You must be 19 years of age AND a resident of Minnesota before you can take a GED test at Hawthorne Education Center. If you are under 19 you must obtain a waiver from the State of Minnesota. Call the GED Coordinator with questions at (507) 328-4425.

Test takers must have a valid, current Government Issued picture ID to verify identity and eligibility for testing. This can be a passport, driver's licence or permit, ID card, or green card.

How do I sign up?

Students must register and schedule their test times on the GED website. Walk-Ins are not allowed as students must be registered on the GED website. 

Students must pay for their test(s) at the time of scheduling, using a debit or credit card. Test(s) must be cancelled 24 hours in advance to avoid losing funds.

Contact Us

Hawthorne Education Center | Room 312, 700 4th Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904

Main Office: (507) 328-4440
Fax: (507) 328-4441 


GED Website
GED Sample Tests

What is the cost? 

There are four individual subject area tests and the fee is $30.00 per test. Retests are also $30.00. GED Practice Tests are available at a fee of $6 per test. There may be discounts and scholarships available to qualifying candidates. Please contact us at (507) 328-4425 for updated information on any promotions.

How can I prepare for the test?

Hawthorne Education Center provides classes in Adult Basic Education to assist students with math, reading and English skills. GED preparation classes and online study is available through the Adult Literacy program. For more information, please call (507) 328-4425 or (507) 328-4440.

When are tests offered?

For more information on when Hawthorne Education Center provides GED testing, please call (507) 328-4425 or (507) 328-4440 or visit the GED website.

Adult Diploma

The MN State Adult Diploma Program is a standards based, competency diploma program.

Diploma competency areas include: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Digital Literacy and Career Development and Employability Skills.

Am I eligible?

Students wishing to take part in this Diploma program

  • MUST be 19 years old or over
  • MUST take and pass a reading test
  • MUST have a level of math competency at low intermediate ABE level
How can I begin?

Call the office to schedule an appointment for intake and assessments. Students need to bring a copy of school transcripts for any courses completed outside the Rochester School District and transcripts for any GED tests taken previously. Transcripts can also be faxed to (507) 328-4441.

What books do I need? 

Depending on the areas of study required to complete your MN Adult Diploma, the diploma teacher you meet with will tell you what books you may need. Books are available for use at school at no charge, though books used outside of school may require a deposit.

Contact Us

Hawthorne Education Center, 700 4th Avenue SE Rochester, MN 55904

Adult Diploma Office:
(507) 328-4425
Main Office: (507) 328-4440
Fax: (507) 328-4441 


Minnesota ABE
MDE ABE

What if I need help with assignments?

Teachers are available to help with assignments during the open diploma hours.

Where do I turn in my assignments?

Assignments can be turned in at the diploma room (217) or directly to your teacher. Include your name and class assignment on all work turned in. Any assignment revisions that need to be done will be placed in the students folder. It is the student's responsibility to inquire about assignments completed, test scores, etc. If you are turning in a revised assignment please include the original with it.

What happens to my assignments?

The assignments that you complete will be uploaded to your MN State Adult Diploma portfolio on the LearnerWeb platform. Along with your assignments, your Transcripts, Certificates and Course completion certificates will also be uploaded.  Your final portfolio will be submitted to the MN State for approval.

How long will it take me to get my diploma? 

A specific date of completion cannot be given by a teacher. Completion is dependent on the student's pace of study and the number of areas in which study is required. Final approval of completion is determined by the State of Minnesota.