UW Colleges and UW-Extension touch millions of Wisconsin lives every year.

In all 72 counties and 3 tribal nations in our state, UW Colleges and UW-Extension resources are hard at work supporting the learners and leaders who make our home great. We provide hundreds of programs and learning opportunities designed to foster healthier families, encourage civic engagement, build vibrant communities and power our statewide economy. And it’s working. Whether we’re opening classrooms, raising capital or planting a community garden, our institutions help more than 200,000 farmers, parents, students, neighbors and entrepreneurs do more—and achieve more together—every single day.

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Enhancing Quality of Life

Nancy S

Wausau

Enhancing Quality of Life

Nancy S

UW Colleges and Extension have enriched my life as a lifelong learner.

I attended a class at UW-Marathon County (UWMC) my first semester as a high school senior in 1972, graduated high school midterm, and went to UWMC until 1975. Then I transferred to UW-Madison and graduated in 1978, afterwards returning to Wausau to live near family.

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UW-Marathon County

Supporting Families and Communities

Vanessa S

West Bend

Supporting Families and Communities

Vanessa S

As a mother of four, I appreciate the convenience and opportunity of being able to earn a degree in engineering at UW-Washington County. The collaborative program with UW-Platteville makes it possible for me to complete my degree without ever leaving West Bend.

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UW-Washington County

Educational Access and Innovation

Lauren Z

Janesville

Educational Access and Innovation

Lauren Z

Starting college with big dreams — but no idea of how to make them happen — I decided to enroll in a college somewhere close to home to make sure I found the right path for me. Going to school at UW-Rock County ended up being the best decision for my overall schooling career.  After expressing my dream of being a marine biologist, my advisor, Karen Greenler, informed me of UW-Whitewater’s Marine Biology program. It’s a four and half year program with your senior year spent at Deakin University in Australia.   Read the full story >

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UW-Rock County

Economic Development

Kristen F

Pulaski

Economic Development

Kristen F

Our consulting firm is working on revitalizing downtown Pulaski, WI. Allyson Watson, Community and Economic Development Educator in Brown County has been instrumental in working with public engagement and networking with the county to secure a tenant and build momentum for the redevelopment of an iconic building in the community. We wouldn't be where we are today on the project without Allyson's help.

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News

Preserving Pathways series highlights important issues faced by rural communities

Preserving Pathways: A Neighborhood Conversation Series was held May 31-June 1 across Northern Wisconsin. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to make these events a HUGE success, including: our panelists for their expertise, the host facilities for their space and hospitality, our media partners for their coverage, and of course all of the attendees for their time, interest and participation.

For our coverage, watch these videos for a recap of each event.


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Press Coverage

Your Town Marshfield: UW STEM building to open in August


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From the Chancellor

MOOCs Moving On, Moving Up

After thinking that interest in and excitement about massive open online courses had faded to the background of the higher education landscape, I was surprised to see a recent flurry of news media coverage of MOOCs. Even more surprising, I found myself impressed -- the work seems markedly different from the wave of stories that flooded the popular and higher ed trade press in 2012, with less hype and longer evidence-based studies.


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2,864
college students received online loan counseling
117,539
community members attended events on local campuses
650
jobs created