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RCC to Offer Self-Defense Courses

Separate men’s and women’s classes to run May – June, open to the public

DATE: April 19, 2019

Rockland County, NY – Rockland Community College is offering self-defense courses on its main campus in Suffern. Separate courses will be held for men and women.

The 12-hour Basic course for women is offered in four sessions, beginning on Tuesday, May 7 and concluding on May 28. A three-hour Advanced, stand-alone program, will take place on June 4.

The Basic course for men begins on Thursday, June 6 and continues on Tuesdays, June 11, 18 and 25.

Training includes awareness, prevention, risk reduction, avoidance and hands-on self-defense. Courses are taught by certified R.A.D. (Rape, Aggression, Defense) instructors. The program is free for employees and students who are currently registered at RCC, and $20 for the general public.

“The courses provide participants with the opportunity to learn self-defense, brush up on techniques, or to complement what they have learned if they have taken any kind of self-defense program,” said Officer Avigail Serwatien of RCC's Public Safety office, who serves as a course instructor. “The programs are designed to empower all participants to make safer choices when confronted with aggressive behavior.”

Classes are held in the RCC Fieldhouse, Room 5211. The class schedule is as follows:

Basic Class for Women: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28

Advanced Class for Women: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Tuesday, June 4

Basic Class for Men: 4 pm to 7 pm

Thursday, June 6

Tuesdays, June 11, 18, 25

Attendance at all sessions is required. Participants must have completed all the basic classes to be eligible to attend the advanced class. For more information, contact the R.A.D. Instructor:

Officer Serwatien, or 845-574-4217.

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CONTACT: Susan Lyddon, VP of Institutional Advancement
845-574-4595 or 347-840-1247