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School for Workers is the original university-based labor education program in the United States. Starting in 1925 as one of the first operational components of the Wisconsin Idea, the school has a long tradition of evolving alongside the current needs of working people, labor organizations, and community partners. Today, the tradition continues, as School for Workers carries our mission forward throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

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Fall 2024 institutes

School for Workers institutes are high-quality, noncredit courses taught by university faculty. Fall 2024 includes both residential institutes that are 1 – 5 days long in Madison, and three-week online institutes. Registration is now open!

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On-demand institutes

Registration is always open! 

On-demand institutes are comprehensive, non-credit courses developed by university faculty at the affordable tuition rate of $99 per course. The course is divided into units with various readings, short videos, and supportive documents to explore a set topic. Participants can access the course 24/7, for up to six months after registration, to explore and complete the course material.

Courses now available:

  • 20th Century Labor History
  • Essentials for Union Stewards
  • Fundamentals of the Family Medical Leave Act

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National Labor College Legacy Institute

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School for Workers is proud to be recognized as a National Labor College (NLC) Legacy Institute. As a Legacy Institute, the Board of Trustees of NLC recommends School for Workers to all members of the labor movement as an institute where they can access high-quality labor education offerings.