Hawthorne Education Center

Adult & Family Literacy Program


700 4th Ave SE

  • English language (ESL)
  • GED preparation

Bridges to Careers

Bridges to Careers is a collaborative effort between Hawthorne Adult Basic Education, Rochester Community and Technical College, Workforce Development, Inc. and area employers who are dedicated to a mission that meets the needs of Rochester Minnesota’s diverse community and the employment market. Through education and career coaching students within the program are empowered to pursue successful and fulfilling careers. Visit bridgestocareers.org for more info.

Rochester Public Library


101 2nd st SE

  • Free library card, materials & internet access
  • Children & adult programs & classes
  • Mon-Thurs 9:30am — 9pm
  • Fri-Sat 9:30am — 5:30pm
  • Sun 1:30pm 5:30pm
  • Summer hours: Sat 9:30am — 1:30pm – Sunday— closed

Rochester Public Schools Student in Transition Services

Edison Administration Building

615 7th st SW


  • Homeless youth/families
  • Immediate enrollment
  • Free breakfast & lunch

If you plan to go to College:

FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • Depending on your family’s financial situation, you can get grants, scholarships, work-study, and other qualified loans to help you continue your education goals.
  • FAFSA applications open around the 3rd quarter of school ( Nov-June).
  • You’ll need your and your parents’ tax returns, and much other confidential information to verify your eligibilities.
  • FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid
  • Seeking help, advice, and information from your school’s counselors, social workers, teachers, and relatives.
  • Make smart money- choices, save up, learn about loans/interests, and work toward your educational enrichment journey.

Local Colleges :

RCTC (Rochester Community & Technical College

UMR ( University of Minnesota, Rochester)

Winona State University

Mankato State University

Riverland Community College