Through vital federal, state and local partnerships, UW-Extension works with the people of Wisconsin to make vital improvements through engaged education and research. Download UW-Extension's strategic priorities from 2017 - 2021 here.
Our efforts are far-reaching and deeply integrated, and include the following initiatives statewide.
- We educate and inspire people through innovative degrees and programs, like the UW Flexible Option and our Collaborative Degrees.
- We provide new parents and newly elected officials with support and programming through the e-parenting program and Leadership WI.
- We build community leaders through 4-H and adult leadership training.
- We deliver education, entertainment and contribute to the exchange of ideas through Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.
- We build job skills and help grow jobs through training, networking and resources for entrepreneurs, small business owners, sustainable business managers, farmers and workers in agriculture and other fields.
- We strengthen communities through programs that help prevent foreclosures, support military families, create community gardens, monitor groundwater, respond to flooding, expand broadband access, attract businesses and retain young people.
UW-Extension comprises four main divisions, each one embedded in communities across the state of Wisconsin.
CEOEL offers 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 education programs, CEOEL’s direct line to industry enables them to offer education in high-demand fields and ensures graduates have the relevant skills that employers need to remain competitive.
DBE works to enhance the value of Wisconsin, one business at a time. They connect aspiring, new and established small businesses with resources, information and services that improve performance and increase capabilities for success -- driving job growth, innovation and capital investment in communities.
Funded by local, state and federal partners, COOP offers timely access to University research, and develops practical educational programs tailored to local needs and based on university knowledge and research. They deliver their expertise to the public, addressing a wide range of needs to people, plants and animals, in both urban and rural areas of the states.
BAMI connects listeners, viewers, educators and nonprofits across the state. WPR provides two statewide networks, The Ideas Network and News and Classical Network, and an extensive digital platform to serve more than 450,000 listeners each week and 2 million online visitors annually. Through its four broadcast channels and digital platforms, WPT reaches more than one-half million viewers each week and 1.75 million online visitors. ICS provides technology and learning solutions for UW-Extension Conference Centers and distance education.