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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Student scientists converge in Dells at Upham for EPA water study

A recent, sunny and temperate summer day in Wisconsin Dells drew the usual contingent of young people to the outdoor campus of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center and nearby Blackhawk Island. Some of them could be found paddling together across one of the channels of the Wisconsin River next to Upham Woods’ primary campus to Blackhawk Island, where they hiked across the various well-worn trails and took in the natural surroundings the way most visitors to the unspoiled area north of downtown Wisconsin Dells tend to do. They quietly and carefully trod the designated paths and walkways of the island, stopping to hear explanations of the surrounding ecosystems or to receive instructions about what to look for or what they should pay most attention to. But as typical as they were for the average summertime visitor to Upham Woods, this particular group — all teenagers from across Wisconsin — happened to be on a mission.

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