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.
The Hawthorne Education Center was named one of seven finalists in Harvard University's Innovations in American Government Awards because of its "novel approach to tapping into an existing unemployed local market."
Harvard's Ash Center praised Hawthorne's "Pathways to College and Careers" and "Bridges to Healthcare" programs, as a partnership between public and nonprofit institutions that hopes to fill a need in health care.
This website is made possible by a grant from the Innovations in American Government Award, a program of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
“There is such a workforce shortage…this [program] has been a great avenue for us to hire people into our organization”.
-Christine Bakke, CEO Madonna Towers
"The Bridges to Career program has provided Mayo Clinic a way to connect with talent that we previously identified as being in our applicant pool, but struggling to move forward.
-Guy Finne, Mayo Clinic
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.