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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When my kids were young, I got involved with the local Extension office in what was Extension Homemakers. I learned about 4-H from my numerous visits to the office. I became a 4-H volunteer and taught many different project areas. I loved it and that experience helped me decide to go back to college to get my degree. I became the 4-H youth development educator in the county. I have been a 4-H Educator in three states as well as a college administrator for ten years. As an adult, 4-H helped me develop my skills and encourage me to continue to grow and now I give back to the program as an Educator in Wisconsin.


125 Undergraduate Students Showcase Research at UW System’s 14th Annual Research in the Rotunda

State legislators joined UW System and institutional leaders in welcoming 125 students and more than 50 faculty mentors to the State Capitol for the UW System’s 14th Annual Research in the Rotunda event. “UW System institutions help develop the innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers of tomorrow. It is an honor to watch the students’ intellectual and academic growth, and these projects clearly demonstrate their problem-solving skills,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “The UW System has earned a national reputation as a leader in undergraduate research, which contributes to Wisconsin’s workforce and economic development. The research done by our students has the potential to inform public policy and influence decisions made by the private sector.” Undergraduate students and their faculty advisers from across the 26 UW System campuses filled the Capitol rotunda to share their research findings on a variety of important topics with legislators, state leaders, UW alumni, and other supporters. The student research displayed at the Capitol extends well beyond the campuses. Students investigated real-life issues affecting Wisconsin citizens and communities, and many topics involved multiple years of study. The full program is available online and the UW System will post a photo gallery following the event. 

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