DRAFT Continuing Education Page

The Continuing Education Committee’s (CEC) mission is to provide educational opportunities to the residents of Riderwood.

The Riderwood Continuing Education Committee facilitates the Seasoned Adults Growing Educationally (SAGE) program that offers a variety of classes to Riderwood residents that are intellectually and personally enriching and varied in content and levels of presentation. This program is designed to be attentive to student interests and flexible in instructional methods – e.g. lecture, participatory, and/or audiovisual. It provides a balanced array of classes that include academic offerings as well as those focused on studio arts, exercise, dance, and other activities taught by instructors that are highly motivated and competent in delivering classroom experiences to adult learners. The Committee also sponsors special lectures and constructs and offers special courses that operate separately from the SAGE program.

Prince George’s Community College SAGE Program

We partner with Resident Life and Prince George’s Community College to offer courses in its SAGE program. Each Spring, Summer, and Fall SAGE offers on campus courses. From the PGCC website: “Seasoned Adults Growing Educationally (SAGE) is a program for senior adults aged 60 and older. The program offers a variety of stimulating courses at locations throughout Prince George’s County and virtually via Zoom. The program makes it easy for seniors to stay active, and it’s affordable. Older adults aged 60 and older who live in Maryland pay a $40 per class registration fee.”

Courses are offered each Spring, Summer, and Fall here at Riderwood or on Zoom. Students need to register and pay $40 per course for the courses they choose. About one month before the start of each trimester a new catalog is published online at MyErickson (under Resident Resources) and RiderwoodLife.com (under CEC) and paper copies are available at each neighborhood’s front desk. The registration dates and instructions are included in the catalog. The Committee also advertises information is given through community bulletin boards, the Riderwood Reporter and cubby stuffing.

The current catalog is included as a separate page in this website. It includes information for how new students can (1) enroll as a PGCC student and (2) register for classes. See below.

Special Speakers

The Committee also sponsors special presentations, many in cooperation with other Riderwood committees. Past programs have included programs on The Code Girls, Helping Afghan Refugees Resettle in the US, and The 1941 Beginning of the US/UK Code-Breaking Partnership. Stay tuned to the Riderwood Reporter for information on future programs.

Caring Connections

The Caring Connections Committee (CCC) is presently a sub-committee of CEC. The CCC endeavors to provide courses that enhance the lives of Riderwood residents, helping understand and handle a variety of issues related to aging. Specifically, it offers Navigating As We Age and Financial Security as well as other pertinent programs of interest to Riderwood residents. Caring Connections has its own page on RiderwoodLIfe.com.

Current Projects

The possibility of offering short courses with shorter duration and more diverse subjects is being investigated. Watch this site and the Riderwood Reporter for more information, as it becomes available.

Current SAGE Catalog & Instructions

Each semester you will be able to find the current PGCC Sage Catalog, registration information, step-by-step instructions and the necessary forms at the end of this site. You can use these as guides to enroll in PGCC and to register for classes. PGCC SAGE course catalog for in-person classes at Riderwood will be available approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of classes. They will also be at the front desks and online at RiderwoodLife.com or MyErickson under Resident Resources.

Committee Members

Committee members for the CEC (Continuing Education Committee) are elected in the fall for a two-year term with the possibility of adding another two-year term before taking a break of at least one year. See the Riderwood Reporter for articles about how to apply to become a member of this committee in early Fall.

  • Below is a list of 2023 members and the year that each member joined the committee.
    Co-Chairs: Margie Ingram (2022) and Rich Steffan (2022)
    Robert Boger (2019) Evaluation, Technology and Web Presence sub-committees
    Winnie Coggins (2019) Short Course Program and Chatterwood sub-committees
    John Dold (2020) Evaluation sub-committee
    Merrill Fisher (2023) Speaker Sub-committee
    Sandra Flank (2020) Secretary and Short Course sub-committee
    Kui Gauri (2023) Evaluation and Technology sub-committees
    Sallie Holder (2021) Helper Bee and Opportunity Fair sub-committee
    Regina Cohen (2023) RAC representative
    Kenneth Pearlman (2023) Short Course and Web Presence sub-committees
    Jean Sonntag (2019) Past Co-Chair and Short Course sub-committee
    Nancy Traubitz (2023) Communications sub-committee
    Etarae Weinstein (2022) PGCC SAGE Registration coordinator
    Sydney Siegel and Cibya Sam – Staff.

PGCC SAGE catalog, plus enrollment and registration instructions

Enroll, Registration and Password Instructions:

How to Enroll at PGCC for SAGE Classes – May 2023 

Summer 2023 Registering for PGCC Classes

Reminder: Change your password BEFORE registration opens on June 1.

Help to Enroll and Update Your Password

Tuesday, May 23, 9 to 11 am, TNC Classroom.

Wednesday, May 24, 1 to 3 pm, VSQ Craft Studio.

Please see additional details and necessary items in the Summer 2023 SAGE Catalog.

Class Registration, June 1

Online: Opens at 7 am.

Help: 9 to 12, TNC Craft Room and VSQ Card Room

Please see additional details and necessary items in the Summer 2023 SAGE Catalog.

Summer 2023 SAGE Catalog

COMING SOON – link to Summer 2023 SAGE Catalog

Classes on Zoom

COMING SOON – link to Summer 2023 Zoom classes.


If your question is related to the Committee and its programs, please contact Co-Chairs:
Margie Ingram or Rich Steffan (contact info found on MyErickson or the Riderwood Resident Directory).

For questions regarding PGCC SAGE classes, please contact: Sydney Siegel, Community Resources Coordinator (contact info found on MyErickson or the Riderwood Yellow Pages for staff).