2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
Rochester Public Schools/Rochester Community and Technical College, MN
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Minnesota

This program brought together the Rochester Community and Technical College, the Hawthorne Education Center, and the Rochester Public Schools' Adult Basic Education Program to provide supportive and successful pathways to college and careers for immigrant, refugee, and under-educated adults. The organizations explored each other's environments, removed any unnecessary barriers to collaboration, utilized the strengths of each institution to build college and career opportunities, and advocated for their students and future workers, and for each other. The partnership has since expanded to include the Mayo Clinic, Workforce Development, Inc., and United Way of Olmsted County.