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Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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Spanish Intermediate Conversation

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This highly practical intermediate course will review the Spanish past tenses while teaching you to converse about celebrations, traditions and festivities in the Spanish-speaking world.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 6, 2022–Aug. 10, 2022
    $149
    Live online

Fundamentals of Project Management

Gain foundational knowledge and explore best practices in project management to build the personal knowledge, skill and confidence you need to effectively lead projects. Whether you're leading your first project or looking for strategies to ensure project success, you will benefit from this class.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 13–14, 2022
    $595; gov't/nonprofit $485
    Live online
  • Sep. 21–28, 2022
    $589; gov't/nonprofit $489
    Live online

A Coach Approach to Work Performance Feedback

This specially designed class will focus on the how-to's of adopting a coaching style for giving work performance feedback. This is a class for leaders and managers who are ready to learn this approach and who want to understand and practice the key elements to utilize them right away.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 20, 2022–Aug. 3, 2022
    $565; gov't/nonprofit $445
    Live online

Building Effective Teams

One of the most important tasks facing an organization is building a cohesive team. Learn proven techniques for effective team development and management that can help you strengthen participative management in your organization and promote long-term enthusiasm for team projects.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 20, 2022
    $395; gov't/nonprofit $285
    Live online
  • Oct. 18, 2022
    $389; gov't/nonprofit $289
    Live online

Spanish 1

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
This beginning-level language class (A1.1) explores the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world while helping you master the basics of Spanish with a proven curriculum designed by DCS for adult language learners. We’ll quickly have you talking about life, family, work, and travel.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 26, 2022–Oct. 4, 2022
    $239
    Live online
  • July 26, 2022–Oct. 4, 2022
    $239
    Live online
  • Sep. 8, 2022–Nov. 17, 2022
    $259
    Live online
  • Sep. 8, 2022–Nov. 17, 2022
    $259
    Live online
  • Sep. 12, 2022–Nov. 21, 2022
    $259
    Live online
  • Sep. 12, 2022–Nov. 21, 2022
    $259
    Live online
  • Sep. 13, 2022–Nov. 22, 2022
    $259
    Live online
  • Sep. 20, 2022–Nov. 29, 2022
    $259
    Live online
  • Oct. 4, 2022–Dec. 13, 2022
    $259
    Live online
  • Oct. 4, 2022–Dec. 13, 2022
    $259
    Live online
  • Sep. 20, 2023–Nov. 29, 2023
    $259
    Live online

Spanish 0

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Customizable
This mini-course sets you up for success in Spanish 1 with a slow introduction to the fundamentals of the Spanish language.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 27, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $119
    Live online
  • July 27, 2022–Aug. 31, 2022
    $119
    Live online
  • Aug. 9, 2022–Sep. 13, 2022
    $119
    Live online
  • Sep. 12, 2022–Oct. 3, 2022
    $119
    Live online

Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations

Handle difficult conversations at work and to listen and be assertive without weakening relationships. Better understand the complex nature of interpersonal communication and explore why misunderstanding is so normal. Apply the skills learned to conflict resolution and giving performance feedback.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 4–11, 2022
    Standard $589.00 gov't/nonprofit $489.00
    Live online
  • Dec. 14–16, 2022
    Standard $589; gov't/nonprofit $489
    Live online

The "Art and Soul" in Funds Development -- Classic How-Tos from our Legacy Conference and. . . The Moment We're In: Preparing for Current and Future Trends

This session will feature core lessons and how-to’s from the legacy Fundraising and Development conference and expand into current and future trends. Join to learn about the generational transfer of wealth, lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and promising strategies that nonprofit organizations can use to adapt to the changing times.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 9, 2022
    $50
    Live online

Top Trends and Promising Strategies in Revenue Model and Funds Development

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies ("The CommNS") invites you to join us for our first-ever webinar series, Top Trends and Promising Strategies in Revenue Model and Funds Development. Co-hosted by AFP Greater Madison, this multi-week webinar series will support individuals and nonprofit organizations in designing their revenue models and strengthening their funds development plans. Join us to embrace tried and true practices, explore and advance new practices and encourage forward-thinking approaches for the future of philanthropy. Over the course of the series, participants will complete worksheets that will inform their development work moving forward and help refresh fundraising strategies with current trends.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 9, 2022–Sep. 27, 2022
    $300 full series | fees vary per session
    Live online

Intercultural Communication: Foundation for Cultural Competency

Customizable
Communication across cultures often breaks down due to basic cultural differences that are misunderstood and frequently invisible. We introduce you to tools that enable you to identify and understand cultural differences and lay a foundation for strong cultural competency, domestically and globally.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 17–18, 2022
    $425; gov't/nonprofit $325
    Live online

Coding Bootcamp

Subject Area: Computing & Technology
Offered through UW Extended Campus, the University of Wisconsin Coding Boot Camp is a deeply engaging online full-stack web development course that gives you the knowledge and skills to build dynamic end-to-end web applications and become a full stack web developer in 24 weeks.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 22, 2022
    $11,995
    Interactive online
  • Aug. 22, 2022–Feb. 23, 2023
    $11,995
    Interactive online

Trust-Based Philanthropy and Shifts in Giving Processes

Explore the core principle of trust-based philanthropy and what this means for organizations in the nonprofit sector. Join for a discussion around the shifts in giving processes due to changing perspectives and technology. Additionally, we'll learn how to be a part of the change to benefit your organization and the sector at large.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 23, 2022
    $50
    Live online

French for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Open to anyone who wants to study French for reading and translation. We cover essential grammar and vocabulary to provide knowledge that is especially useful for students preparing for the French graduate-level reading knowledge exam.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 1, 2022–Dec. 16, 2022
    $435; graduate students $335
    Self-paced

German for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Open to all students who want to study German for translation. Great for meeting graduate program language requirements or for genealogy work. Key skills you'll learn include taking advantage of similarities between English and German, expert dictionary use and recognizing easy grammar cues.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 1, 2022–Dec. 16, 2022
    $435; graduate students $335
    Self-paced

Italian for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
Offered three times a year and open to all, this course on Italian reading and translation covers the essential grammar and vocabulary to prepare you for your Italian graduate-level translation exam or other research. When you have completed this course, you will have a solid foundation in the Italian language.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 1, 2022–Dec. 16, 2022
    $435; graduate students $335
    Self-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Basic

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Develop the skills you need to read and accurately translate Spanish texts to English, using texts from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Start with the basics and work your way through more challenging grammatical concepts that appear in the scholarly texts you translate.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 1, 2022–Dec. 16, 2022
    $435; graduate students $335
    Self-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Comprehensive

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Benefit from all of the materials in our basic course with additional interactive exercises, 60 percent more instructor-graded translations, more advanced readings and a final capstone project tailored to your academic or professional field. Hone your Spanish-to-English translation skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 1, 2022–Dec. 22, 2022
    $545; graduate students $445
    Self-paced