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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For the past two years, I have been fortunate to be part of the Youth in Government program, which affords local high school students the opportunity to play an active role in discussions and decisions at City Council. As a mentor, we are paired with local students to work with and show them how government and the decision making process at the committee level works and how it impacts communities. The youth are treated just as the local officials are by receiving all meeting materials, having a voice in the discussion, and having the opportunity to have the first vote on topic matters. This program is of great benefit to the committee and process because it provides the local elected officials with a perspective that they may not have considered. It also gives us the opportunity to hopefully spark future involvement in local government, whether it be as a career or as an elected official. For the youth, it allows them to have a voice on the decisions that impact them now and in the future, to speak up for what they believe in, and can help with their public speaking skills. We are so fortunate to have this program!


Board of Regents Approves Restructure of UW Colleges and UW-Extension

The UW System Board of Regents passed a resolution approving a proposal to restructure UW Colleges and UW-Extension. The resolution allows UW System President Ray Cross to proceed with planning and implementation to join the 13 two-year campuses with four-year comprehensive and research institutions. UW-Extension divisions will be joined within UW-Madison and UW System Administration. Click here to read the press release. 

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