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The Lifelong Learner

News from University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Studies

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Returning students can get specialized advice

Learn about the role of an educational counselor and how they can help you find the best academic fit for your goals and circumstances.

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Choosing your major based on career goals

Hear from a UW–Madison Continuing Studies educational counselor about tips on choosing your major when you go back to school as a returning adult student.

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Help is available for students with disabilities

Returning to college as an adult can be challenging, particularly if you have a disability. Student services staff offer a few tips for finding resources and accommodations to support your academic journey.

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Networking key to successful job search

Read our career and education counselor talk about tips on how to make networking a part of your routine and a key part of your job search.

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Adult students celebrate their accomplishments at in-person event

On April 26, friends and families of adult students at UW–Madison gathered at the Adult Career and Special Student Services award ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments, perseverance and hard work of these extraordinary learners.

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UW Odyssey Project graduates and supporters celebrate at in-person ceremony

The UW Odyssey Project offers a free, two-semester humanities course for adult students facing economic barriers to college.

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Transferring to a 4-year school may be worth it

Earning a bachelor’s degree can boost your career — and your salary. Here are six tips for transferring to a 4-year school after earning your associate degree.

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Returning adult students receive awards for courage and accomplishments

Meet the three recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award, recognizing the perseverance and leadership of returning adult students.

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Lifelong learning essential in today’s workforce

Read suggestions from our career and educational counselor on how to be a lifelong learner — and why it can help your career.

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Federal spending bill includes half-million-dollar boost for Odyssey Project

Great news! The Odyssey Project is receiving $500,000 from the recent federal spending bill signed by President Biden.

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Taking a break from school can prove beneficial

There are many good reasons students choose to take time away from college. UW–Madison student Annie Lewis shares her story.

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Cultivating college knowledge for first-generation adult students

One of our academic advisors provides advice and support for first-generation returning adult college students in this column published in the Wisconsin State Journal.

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