The purpose of the visit was to get the Workforce Development program recognized at the state level. Right now Rowley’s workforce program is being funded by private grants and, although they are greatly appreciated, they can’t sustain the program for long. The program has been such a huge success for all the participants who make it through graduation that we are really hoping to see the state recognize how beneficial adult education programs are to our economy. There’s already been numerous participants that have been on unemployment for many years going through the program and graduating with a job and no longer needing government support to sustain themselves. Giving people the opportunity to get sustainable jobs and an education is the goal of the program and we are really hoping to be able to continue this goal for a long time because Rowley stands behind a better education and sustainable future for everyone.