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To view our latest RACE catalog, click here or register online here today.

Rockland BOCES is committed to taking all necessary steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our RACE programs by adhering to the latest public health guidelines and fostering a culture of interdependence and responsibility. Ensuring the safety and wellness of our community is paramount as we evolve our response to the pandemic. Rockland BOCES will continue to actively monitor rates of COVID-19 and changing guidance and directives.

Rockland Adult and Community Education (RACE) – Learning For Life

Rockland BOCES prepares diverse learners with academic, vocational and technological competencies for the 21st century global workforce.

Recognizing that adult learning patterns and needs must be addressed in sensitive and responsible manners, RACE programs are designed to be comprehensive, supportive and flexible. RACE instructors and support staff are dedicated to meeting each individual student’s academic and vocational needs and to the development of self-worth through continuing education.

RACE focuses on expanding adult career pathways providing students multiple opportunities, from entry-level, noncredit courses to mid-skill level certificate degree programs. Coursework is aligned with in-demand occupations in the Lower Hudson Valley region in response to the needs of local business and industry.

Whether you seek career training, professional development, adult literacy classes, youth programs, leisure learning opportunities or personal growth courses, RACE makes it convenient and affordable for all students to reach their educational, training, career and personal goals.

Since 1960, Rockland BOCES has developed skilled workers, strong families and successful communities by offering opportunities to learn at every stage of life.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the RACE course catalogue posted below in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and may be downloaded free from the Adobe website. Unable to access the catalog? Please contact Rockland BOCES Adult Education via email (kmistele@rboces.org) or by calling (845) 348-3500 for assistance.

Rockland Adult and Community Education: Learning For Life!
Click here for our Spring-Summer 2023 course catalog.

Our Programs

Adult Education and Business Services provide a comprehensive array of courses and programs that each year help more than 5,500 adult learners expand their employment opportunities and improve their English language and academic skills.

Rockland Works

Rockland Works is Rockland’s one-stop employment and training resource, supporting both the employment and training needs of job seekers and the staffing needs of local employers.

Career Training Courses

Interested in changing careers or re-entering the workforce? Career training courses can help you meet your goal.

Adult Career & Technical Education

Adult Career & Technical Education programs offer exciting training opportunities matched to industry standards and local job market demands.

Professional & Continuing Education

Professional & Continuing Education courses are a great way to learn something new, gain a new skill or get additional training.

Youth Connections

Youth Connections helps young adults develop skills they need to move on to employment, vocational education and training or higher education.

Literacy Zone of Spring Valley

Adult literacy and job training classes to help you succeed! Our case managers connect residents with educational opportunities, community agencies and services to assist with employment, housing, healthcare, nutrition, mental health, social services, substance abuse, transportation and personal finance. Visit our Family Welcome Center at the Church of the Nazarene, 11 East Church Street in Spring Valley. For more information, call (845) 826-6891.

Practical Nursing

The full-time Practical Nursing Program prepares adult students for the New York State NCLEX examination.


ESOL classes help adult students learn to speak, listen, read, write and understand English.

Bridge to Careers Program

This program helps students improve their reading, writing and math skills for entrance into a GED® preparation or career training class. Classes include job seeking skills, college and career exploration and learning how to get the job you want.

High School Equivalency Preparation

It’s never too late to graduate! The GED® (General Educational Development Test) assesses four subject areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. 

Business/Industry Training

Business/Industry Training programs provide employers with customized, results-oriented training delivered by knowledgeable instructors with relevant industry experience.

Comprehensive and Accessible Reemployment through Equitable Employment Recovery (CAREER)

Qualified unemployed and dislocated workers are eligible for FREE job training and job placement assistance through a U.S. Department of Labor grant to enhance worker employability and earnings during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Skilled career counselors work with clients to create a plan suited to unique needs and circumstances. Resume assistance, employment assistance and job skills training included at NO CHARGE. Contact Cheryl Murphy via email or by calling (845) 348-3500 X3527.

Financial Assistance

Tuition payment plans are available for most classes, as well as limited scholarships for adults who qualify. For more information, call an Adult Education counselor at (845) 348-3500.

No- Or Low-Cost Courses

No- or low-cost courses are offered for adults who are at least 21 years old and who do not have an U.S. high school diploma. Instruction is offered in:

  • Academic basic skills to improve reading, writing, and math achievement
  • Examination preparation for TASC Diploma
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


Adult Education & Business Services programs are located at the BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC) in Nyack, with additional programs in Spring Valley, Haverstraw, Suffern and West Nyack.

Our Mission

To assure that Rockland County adult learners acquire the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to become productive workers, effective parents and contributing members of their communities through up-to-date education programs and relevant and effective post-secondary programs of occupational education.

More Information


BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC)
131 N. Midland Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 348-3500 ext. 3591
Fax: (845) 348-3559

Stephanie Compasso, Ph.D.
Director of Adult and Continuing Education

Katherine Mistele
Program Administrator

Jacqueline Lunchick
Adult Education Literacy Coordinator

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