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

Rockland Community College and Rockland BOCES have formally partnered to offer adult and continuing education programs and services to Rockland County residents and employers.

Through this formal collaboration, the RACE initiative will maximize each organization’s educational and student support resources, increasing our ability to offer career training, professional development, adult literacy classes, youth programs, leisure learning opportunities and personal growth courses.

RACE focuses on developing 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 employers.

Rockland Adult and Community Education: Learning For Life!

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.

Part-Time Vocational Courses

Interested in changing careers or re-entering the workforce? Part-Time Vocational courses can help you meet your goal.

Adult Career & Technical Education

Adult Career & Technical Education programs are accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and 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.

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.

High School Equivalency Preparation

It’s never too late to graduate! TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) classes help students prep for the new high school equivalency exam.

Business/Industry Training

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

Financial Assistance

A tuition payment plan is available for all students, 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

Christopher D'Ambrese
Director of Adult and Continuing Education

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