The division works in partnership with the 26 UW System campuses – fulfilling the “Wisconsin Idea” of extending university resources to every corner of the state.

We offer an array of degrees, certificates and credentials in fast-growing fields to help close the skills gap in the Wisconsin workforce. Because major employers from across the state help shape our education programs, our direct line to industry enables us to offer education in high-demand fields and ensures our graduates will have the relevant skills that employers need to remain competitive.

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Focused on supporting all types of students – including adult and post-traditional students – the Division of Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning promotes access to learning and contributes to student success. Whether you are re-entering the workforce, shifting careers, advancing along your current path – or simply exploring a topic that interests you as a lifelong learner – we have an option for you.



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Collaborative Online Degree Programs

Online programs allow students to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree from their preferred UW System campus.

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Independent Learning

Independent learning courses allow students to enroll at any time, learn and test at their own pace within one year – without ever setting foot on a campus.

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Explore services that make education more accessible such as lifelong learning opportunities at UW System campuses, UW HELP and the Veterans Portal.

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School for Workers

School for Workers educates workers about issues of concern in the workplace by working with union representatives, officers, members, and employer representatives on a wide range of educational programs.

University Learning Store

The University Learning Store offers a practical and affordable way to earn credentials that hold real value in today’s job market – whether you’re looking to add new skills or technical skills, or simply advancing skills you already have.

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UW Flexible Option

The UW Flexible Option is especially designed for self-motivated, nontraditional students who want to earn a degree or certificate at their own pace.

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Being the non-traditional student that I am, and a decent amount older than many of the students, I didn’t anticipate making all the great friends I have made. I joke that I am their dad all the time, and they call me old – it’s great. Seriously though, the friends I have made on campus have made school a lot of fun, which has also made it easier to be a successful student.  Choosing to come to UW-Manitowoc was not a hard decision for me. The small class sizes and affordable tuition were certainly a large part of the decision. The professors here are incredible. With smaller classes, they know each student well and they are all eager to help us in whatever way they can. This is a recipe for success and I believe it is difficult for even the most prestigious schools to replicate. I would like to work professionally in the field of science, with the ability to help and better the lives of other people. This could be through bettering and protecting the environment, providing clean water, or perhaps medical research. I feel that the understanding and advancement of science is beneficial to our species. If humans neglect or dismiss science, the future of life on Earth will be in jeopardy. When my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I felt helpless. I determined I needed to become educated about science to be able to help her and others.

Ideadvance Seed Fund now open to some UW System alumni

The Ideadvance Seed Fund awards grants to early-stage startups, with a focus on education. The program is now open to most UW System alumni, in addition to students, faculty and staff of the university system.

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