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Overcoming barriers of going back to school

Our student services coordinator Anne Niendorf shared her journey to getting a college degree, along with tips on being a returning adult student, with the Wisconsin State Journal. Get inspired by her story!

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Students make progress, stay connected in online continuing education classes

Online classes helped two students meet their personal and professional development goals.

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Returning adult students dig deep to balance roles and responsibilities in COVID times

Kristy Jorgensen and Alex Hentzen are among 9,805 students 25 years old and older who were enrolled spring 2019 through 2020 at UW-Madison. Read about their challenges and triumphs.

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Student’s remarkable journey to starting his undergraduate degree at age 28, living his dream

In his village of Koumea in Togo, Africa, 8-year-old Hezouwe Walada watched nearly half of his community—including three of his young cousins—die of malaria in early 2000. He decided then and there he wanted to …

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Odyssey Project online graduation full of pride, community, love

Even a pandemic cannot dampen the spirits of these graduates. In a Zoom ceremony that included more than 200 people, participants were treated to a cacophony of joy as they celebrated the resilient graduates of …

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Odyssey student triumphs over the odds to get his master’s degree as an older adult

Brian Benford describes his educational journey as full of “potholes, roadblocks, angst and unfulfilled dreams. Starting in the 1970s, I attended many schools only to drop out because of costs, personal battles or family matters.” …

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Returning adult students receive awards for perseverance, leadership

Lifelong learning runs in Talesa Allen’s family. When her dad was 67, he went back to Madison College for a technical program. At the same time, Allen, 45, headed back to the University of Wisconsin–Madison—25 …

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Continuing Studies language classes help students build skills, cultural competence, and community

Not only is learning a language great for your brain, but it can also provide a sense of community—and it’s fun.

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Aerial artists find skills and grounding in modern dance class

When Madison-area aerialists and circus artists come down from their silks, hoops, and trapeze, some of them get grounded at UW–Madison Continuing Studies dance classes. Several students in the fall 2019 Modern Dance Technique 1 …

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UW Odyssey Project receives $50,000 from Rennebohm Foundation

The UW–Madison Odyssey Project received a generous gift of $50,000 from the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation to support Odyssey’s mission of breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education. “Our students face enormous obstacles …

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UW–Madison Writer’s Institute Helps Authors Find Publishing Success

Authors and past attendees of UW–Madison Writers’ Institute find writing and publishing success thanks to conference.

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Writing success stories: 9 authors who got published with the help of writing classes, conferences, retreats, and critiques at UW–Madison

Writing support can help aspiring authors improve skills and gain confidence. UW–Madison Continuing Studies writing programs have propelled people to get published and achieve their goals. “We nurture writers over the long haul of their …

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