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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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Fundamentals of Project Management

Customizable
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
  • June 13–20, 2024
    $589; gov't/nonprofit $489
    Live online
  • July 16–23, 2024
    $589; gov't/nonprofit $489
    Live online

Spanish 2

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
We have made this practical high-beginner's course (A1.2) better with a new curriculum. Explore the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world while taking your skills to the next level. Improve your ability to converse about a wider range of common topics in the present tense, take your first steps in conversing with past tenses, and grow your comprehension, reading and writing skills, all in the context of real-life situations.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 18, 2024–Aug. 27, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • June 18, 2024–Aug. 27, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 11, 2024–Nov. 20, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 11, 2024–Nov. 20, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 23, 2024–Dec. 9, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 24, 2024–Dec. 10, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 26, 2024–Dec. 12, 2024
    $279
    Live online

Trauma Informed Leadership: A Guide for All Managers

This course empowers managers to support team members impacted by trauma, while maintaining personal and professional boundaries. Learn to balance compassion with productivity and navigate complex situations guided by employment law. Reduce stress, boost morale, and build a stronger team.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 19–20, 2024
    Standard $479.00 Gov't/ Nonprofit $379.00
    Live online

Facilitating Effective Meetings

Customizable
Gain an understanding of the mechanics of managing a meeting well. Learn to develop an agenda, manage meeting dynamics, deal with disruptive behavior, keep the meeting on track, track assignments and record the decisions and actions of the group. The session includes templates and models.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 26–27, 2024
    $429; Govt./Nonprofit $329
    Live online

Teaching Transferable Skills in College Courses: Developing Career Readiness and Cultural Fluency

Customizable
Learn to teach communication, teamwork, critical thinking and self-motivated learning — four transferable skills strongly linked to student success. College educators and administrators gain a strong foundation in the theory, research and practical applications of these crucial skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 8, 2024–Aug. 9, 2024
    $235 through June 14, $399 after
    $125 through June 14, $289 after, each for a Group 3+
    Group-paced

Spanish 0

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This newly revised mini-course sets you up for success in Spanish 1 with a slow introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish with proven strategies for learning a new language.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 17, 2024–Aug. 21, 2024
    $144
    Live online
  • Aug. 20, 2024–Sep. 24, 2024
    $144
    Live online
  • Aug. 21, 2024–Sep. 25, 2024
    $144
    Live online
  • Aug. 22, 2024–Sep. 26, 2024
    $144
    Live online
  • Oct. 29, 2024–Dec. 10, 2024
    $144
    Live online

Spanish 1

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
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 communicative approach that emphasizes speaking competency while also building skills in listening, reading and writing. This practical course will quickly have you talking about life, family, work and travel.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 18, 2024–Sep. 26, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 10, 2024–Nov. 19, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 10, 2024–Nov. 19, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 11, 2024–Nov. 20, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Sep. 24, 2024–Dec. 10, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Oct. 1, 2024–Dec. 17, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Oct. 2, 2024–Dec. 18, 2024
    $279
    Live online
  • Oct. 3, 2024–Dec. 19, 2024
    $279
    Live online

Spanish Book Club: Low Intermediate

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Boost your confidence in Spanish with this short course that provides the perfect transition from Spanish 3 to Spanish 4. In this low-intermediate (A2.1) book club, participants will read the short novel Año nuevo, vida nueva together and discuss.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 25, 2024–Sep. 5, 2024
    $204
    Live online
  • July 25, 2024–Sep. 5, 2024
    $204
    Live online

Coaching Skills Sharpener Series/Group Mentoring

This Skills Sharpener Series is a five-part experience hosted over the span of 10 weeks, designed to give learners practice and feedback about their coaching skills from a highly experienced and certified PCC-level Mentor Coach. Participants will work in groups of no more than ten to practice the skills and competencies required of a PCC-level, ICF-certified, professionally credentialed coach. Participants will take turns coaching one another and providing feedback per the ICF's Core Competencies and PCC Markers, in a group setting. This series will count toward the completion of the ICF's Group Mentoring requirements for both ACC and PCC levels. Participants who attend will be awarded 8 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units from the ICF. The first five individuals who sign up for the course are guaranteed the opportunity to be a coach-participant if they choose. All others will be coach-observers or clients.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 29, 2024–Sep. 23, 2024
    $595
    Live online
  • Oct. 7, 2024–Dec. 2, 2024
    $595
    Live online

A Coach Approach to Work Performance Feedback

Customizable
This specially designed class will focus on the how-tos 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 30, 2024–Aug. 8, 2024
    $475; $375 Gov't/Nonprofit
    Live online
  • Oct. 10–24, 2024
    $475; $375 Gov't/Nonprofit
    Live online
  • Jan. 21, 2025–Feb. 4, 2025
    $475; $375 Gov't/Nonprofit
    Live online

Great Lakes Motivational Interviewing Conference

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Join us on the beautiful University of Wisconsin Madison campus to learn more about the evidence-based practice of motivational interviewing, hone your current skills and network with others | Audience: Helping professionals, student affairs staff, correctional workers, managers, others.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 7–9, 2024
    $490
    In-person

Business Spanish Certificate Program

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Newly revised!  In 4 months, greatly improve your professional proficiency in Spanish and gain the cultural knowledge you need to conduct business with partners in Spain and Latin America. This practical course targets the specific skills you need to communicate professionally with clients and colleagues via email, telephone and videoconferencing.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 14, 2024–Dec. 13, 2024
    $699
    Group-paced

Free course preview! Applied AI for Non-Technical Leaders

Join us for this free webinar, which previews our online course Applied AI for Non-Technical Leaders coming up on September 25 and October 9, 2024. If this webinar piques your interest, we hope you'll register for the full course. What you'll learn Artificial Intelligence stimulates so many opportunities — and a whole lot of questions. UW-Madison Continuing Studies is here to support leaders in the non-technical space who are no doubt grappling with the opportunities and inquiries Artificial Intelligence inspires. This FREE preview webinar offers a sneak peek into our new course "Applied AI for Non-Technical Leaders." In this preview webinar, participants will touch on ethical decision-making and view live demonstrations using AI. Join us and get a glimpse of the content we'll cover in the full course, facilitated by our full-course instructor. August 14th noon–12:45 p.m. CST Stacy Wilkes, Goddess.ai Who can attend? The webinar is free and open to leaders, managers and other professionals interested in learning more about this topic and registering for the Applied AI for Non-Technical Leaders course.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 14, 2024
    Free
    Live online

French for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
We cover essential grammar and vocabulary that are especially useful for students preparing for the French graduate-level reading knowledge exam.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

German for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
You will develop the skills you need to read and accurately translate German texts to English. Using relevant scholarly texts and excerpts from modern literature, you learn the fundamentals of the German language and German-to-English translation.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

Italian for Reading and Translation

Subject Area: LanguagesItalian
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
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced

Spanish for Reading and Translation: Basic

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
You will 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, you learn the fundamentals of the Spanish language and Spanish-to-English translation. Start with the basics and work your way through progressively more challenging grammatical concepts that appear in the scholarly texts you translate.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 28, 2024–Dec. 11, 2024
    $475; Graduate students $375
    Group-paced