Continuing Education

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District believes education doesn’t end with graduation from either school or college. Rather, life should be filled with learning opportunities.

To that end, RCS offers Continuing Education courses for the community in the fall and spring of each year. Course offerings for the fall and spring semesters are mailed to all district residents in late August and early February. The Continuing Education program is self supporting.

Courses are open to all persons in the Capital District region. When necessary, priority is given to residents of the RCS school district. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number of participants in each class is limited.

2019 Fall Continuing Education Courses – Electronic Version

2019 Fall Continuing Education Courses

Aquatics Courses

Morning Swim Program

Dates: Mondays-Fridays; Sept.-Feb.
Time: 5:30-7:20 a.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: RCS residents – $110, Non-residents – $220

The morning swim program provides an opportunity for professionals and exercise enthusiasts in our community to fulfill their exercise needs.

Pauline’s Aqua Animal Challenge

Dates: 10-week session (Begins Sept. 9).
Time: 5-5:55 p.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: $80 for a 10 week session
Instructor: Pauline Buck

Pauline’s Aqua Animal Challenge is a total body workout that will be done in the shallow area of the pool. You will move to the sounds of all types of motivating music including a few pulsating Water Tabata style classes that Pauline has put together for you so that you will have the time of your life while getting a great workout. We will move those hips, stomp those feet, kick up those heels like never before. The added benefit is that the impact is low yet you will burn more calories than on land because of the resistance of the water. This water exercise program is designed to obtain optimum physical fitness (OPF). OPF is the development of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility as well as the achievement and maintenance of ideal body weight.

Aqua Fitness

Date: 10-week session (Begins on Sept. 10 & 12)
Time: 7-7:55 p.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: $80 (two nights); $40 (one night) 
Instructor: Betsy Messenger

Aqua Fitness is a moderate- to high-level aerobic workout, including a deep-water jogging segment. The Thursday evening class will be a cardio workout consisting of a Tabata format of 20 second high intensity movement followed by 10 second rest period in both shallow and deep water. Water workouts allow participants to shed pounds and firm muscles, but are easier on the back and joints than jogging or high-impact aerobics. Registrants who sign up for just one night should indicate which night they will attend. The class is limited to 35 students. Participants are required to supply their own jogging belts.

Splashing to the Oldies

Dates: 10-week session (Begins on Sept. 11).
Time: 5-5:55 p.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: $80 for 10 weeks
Instructor: Julie Padilla

We will have one hour of fun water aerobics to your favorite oldies tunes. Be prepared for lots of good clean fun, and get a great workout to boot. Because of their low-impact format, water aerobics classes are suitable for every age and fitness level, from beginning exercisers who would like to lose weight, through elite athletes.

Some of the benefits of water exercise include: increased muscle strength, posture and balance; Enhanced sense of well-being, mood and sleep quality; greater mobility and flexibility of joints; improved endurance and fitness; eases stiff joints and relaxes sore muscles; reduced pain and fatigue. Participants should bring their own water shoes.

Sports & Fitness

Hula Hooping Fitness

Dates: 10-week session (Begins on Sept. 9. Classes meet on Mondays).
Time: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: MS Cafeteria
Fee: $80 for 10 weeks
Instructor: Jennifer Mapes

Hula hooping is a great multi-generational activity and low-impact cardio exercise, that improves posture, flexibility and core strength. You can burn up to 420 calories during this one-hour class. No hula hooping experience is necessary. We will be hooping on the waist, hips and off-body while moving and dancing with the hoop. Hula hoops will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Maximum of 25 students.

Volleyball (Co-ed)

Dates: 12-week session begin Sept. 9 and Jan. 27, 2020.
Classes meet Mondays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Michael Light

This class offers the opportunity to play volleyball with a competitive edge! This course is for those who enjoy volleyball and want a challenging workout. Newcomers welcome.

Gentle Yoga and Meditation Medley

Dates: 8-week session begins Sept. 11.
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: AWB Gymnasium
Fee: $80
Instructor: Kristin Luberda

Come experience a medley of gentle yoga, self-massage and meditation. We’ll use a variety of techniques throughout our practice. This class will begin with a simple discussion of each pose and build a strong foundation as we progress through the course. The benefits of yoga include increased flexibility and strength, a sense of peace, working with the breath, etc. This class is perfect for beginners; all levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat, small blanket and a bottle of water. Minimum of 5 participants.

Basketball (Co-ed)

Dates: 12-week session begin Sept. 11 and Jan. 29, 2020).
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Valiant Robinson

If you enjoy playing basketball but do not belong to a team, this class is for you. Teams will be formed at each class. Due to high demand, ALL participants MUST pre-register.

Tri-Core Fitness

Dates: Five-week sessions begin on Sept. 11 & Oct. 16.
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 5:45 p.m. -7:15 p.m.
Location: HS Auxiliary Gymnasium
Fee: $60
Instructor: Carol O’Connor

This class will be dedicated to developing muscle and enhancing mind, body and spirit balance. We will strengthen, lengthen and build our muscular systems, strengthen our minds and find new ways to add harmony to our lives while enhancing our network of friends. Bring your mat, a drink, 5-pound weights and a winning attitude.

Country Line Dancing for Beginners

Dates: Six-week session begins Sept. 12.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: MS LGR
Fee: $30 per person
Instructor: Joanne Newell

Have fun and exercise while learning basic steps and movements to classic and new line dances. Partners are not needed, making this a wonderful opportunity to dance and socialize.

Soccer (Indoor, Co-ed)

Dates: 12-week session begins Sept. 25 and Jan. 29, 2020.
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: MS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Gerald Townley

This course is for people who enjoy soccer. It’s a non-competitive class that offers a night of exercise and fun. Newcomers are welcome. Attendees should bring a dark and a white shirt for each session for team designation.


Retirement Income Planning

*Please note: Due to low registration, this class has been cancelled.*

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library – DLR
Instructor: Nick Stark,

The media speaks often about the retirement crisis facing Americans. This class attacks that crisis by arming attendees with an action plan for predictable retirement income. For most, an ideal retirement is funded by steady income without having to work. Along with social security benefits, money in annuities, IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, CDs and cash, can all be used to create an income plan to fund the retirement of your dreams. In an era where many traditional corporate pension plans are closing, a wise retirement income plan is essential. This timely class will help attendees to understand how annuities and other investments can create your “personal pension,” a retirement income stream to give peace of mind.

Financial Planning Basics

*Please note: Due to low registration, this class has been cancelled.*

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Instructor: Reese Hughes,

In this course, we will take a look at some general financial planning concerns. While there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” financial plan, this overview should assist you in thinking about your own needs.

Home & Lifestyle

Canine Life and Social Skills for the Family Dog

Dates: Six-week session begins Sept. 11.
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: HS Cafeteria
Fee: $60
Instructor: Courtney Markson, Clever Hound Training, LLC.

In this six week course we will work on your basic behaviors such as sit, down, and stay, but also wait at the door, come and leash up, loose leash walking, polite meet and greets, and other life and social skills.

Quilting: Star Quilt

Dates: Eight-week session begins Sept. 12.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: MS Room 120
Fee: $40
Instructor: MaryAnn Peters

This will be your favorite star quilt pattern. No points to match! How easy can that be? The hardest part of this pattern will be picking out the fabrics! This is a fantastic quilt! A pleasure to piece and sew. Possibilities of this pattern are endless. The first evening of class will be an informational session. Patterns will be reviewed and supplies and materials will be covered. A brief review of your sewing. Machine maintenance.

Notary Public

Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: HS Library – DLR
Fee: $20
Instructor: Victor Bujanow

This workshop prepares you for the NYS Notary Public test and will provide you with a comprehensive view of the Notary Public office. Confusing laws, concepts, and procedures will be clearly explained and clarified. Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer an attorney, and minimizing legal liability. This workshop is a must for Notary Public candidates to become  fully aware of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved in this office.  ALL materials will be provided including an 80 question Practice Exam, which attempts to emulate the actual NYS mandatory exam. Minimum of 5 participants. Material fee of $10 to be paid to instructor the night of class.

Five-Hour Pre-Licensing

Dates: Monday, Oct. 21.
Time: 3-8 p.m.
Location: HS Room 34A
Fee: $35
Instructor: Adirondack Driving School

This course is required of all drivers prior to taking the New York state road test. Students must have a valid New York state driver’s permit to enroll and must bring it to class. Class is limited to 36 students.

The Hazards of Cell Phones, Smart Phones, Smart Houses and More

*Please note: Due to low registration, this class has been cancelled.*

Dates: Thursday, Nov. 14.
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: $15
Instructor: Bonnie Mion, MSW, CSW

Do you ever wonder how safe it is to be using electronic devices emitting and receiving radiation all day long? Millions of people are experiencing mild to serious side effects from their cell phones, smart phones, computers and other equipment. Learn more about this phenomenon. Please leave your cell phone or smart phone turned off during this conversation.

Getting Paid to Talk

Dates: Wednesday, Dec. 11. (Cancelled) 
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: HS Library – DLR
Fee: $10
Instructor: Voice Coaches

Ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons, to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of Voice Over. Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area! We’ll discuss industry pros and cons, and play samples from working voice professionals.  You’ll also have an opportunity to record a short, professional script under the direction of our teacher. This class is fun, realistic, and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice over field.