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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.

Spring 2023 institutes

Registration is open

School for Workers institutes are high-quality, noncredit courses taught by university faculty in Madison or online. The spring 2023 institute offerings will have something for everyone, with residential and online learning opportunities. Registration for all spring 2023 institutes opens in December, and don’t forget that on-demand institutes are always open for registration.


Download the spring 2023 program guide

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On-demand institutes

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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:

  • 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.