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Adult & Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Bethlehem Central School District 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 late January. Questions about Continuing Education classes can be directed to Scott Carlton (Fall classes) at or Kate Burkart (Spring classes) at

IMPORTANT: There will be limited offerings for fall 2020 and ALL CLASSES WILL BE ONLINE ONLY.

The deadline to register for spring classes is Friday, September 18, 2020.

The Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning (HILL)

Bethlehem’s Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning is an independent organization offering opportunities for lifelong learning to residents of the Capital District. Information on HILL courses and programs is included in the Continuing Education course brochure mailed to district residents each fall and spring.

HILL was founded in 1993 by Fred and Helen Adler to make available educational and cultural experiences to residents of the Town of Bethlehem and the greater Capital District. The Institute’s goal is to enhance lifelong learning opportunities for the adult population of the local community. HILL is a non-profit entity and serves as an adjunct organization of the Bethlehem Central School District. It is staffed by volunteers who comprise the Coordinating Committee, and all expenses are funded from the modest fees charged to attendees of its regularly scheduled spring and fall semester classes. HILL’s six-week series of spring and fall classes are taught by distinguished professionals who are usually faculty members of colleges and universities in the Capital Region. The courses are in the humanities and related cultural areas and include selections that focus on contemporary issues, respond to community interests and appeal to a wide audience. Other events provided by HILL can include single lectures, concerts, panel discussions or other activities considered by the Coordinating Committee to be of educational or cultural value.


Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, HILL will not be holding normal, in-person classes this fall at the Delmar Reformed Church. Instead, HILL will present two online courses, free of charge using the Zoom platform. The courses will be taught by two of our most popular instructors and will be six weeks in length.

Registration is required in order to access courses. Please go to the HILL website – for information and a link to the registration form.

HILL will not be able to provide Zoom support. If needed, we recommend you consult Zoom endorsed sites such as or type Zoom Help Center in your browser. For questions not related to Zoom, you may leave a message on the HILL phone, 518 368-7029 and a volunteer will return your call.

The Elections of 2020

  • Mondays, October 5-November 9 Time: 10:00 – 11:30AM
  • Instructor: Bruce Miroff Professor and Collins Fellow Political Science, SUNY Albany

The elections of 2020 are likely to be the strangest in American history. The nation is still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, causing major disruptions to the economy and to life in general. Voting itself will present a major challenge to our democracy and results may well be delayed past November 3rd. Clearly, most of the campaigning will be done remotely. This course will analyze the contests for President, majority control of the Senate and House, as well as the state legislatures which will re-draw district lines in response to the 2020 census. 

The Life and Music of Billie Holiday

  • Wednesdays, October 7-November 11 Time: 1:00 – 2:30PM
  • Instructor: Seton Hawkins Director of Public Programs & Education Swing University, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz’s greatest vocalist, the inventor of Swing Song and one of the most iconic figures in 20th century music history, Billie Holiday looms large within the pantheon of music greats. Throughout 6 weeks, we will explore her life, uncover what made her such a musical visionary, and listen to her extraordinary music.