School for Workers is the original university-based labor education program in the United States. Started in 1925 as one of the first operational components of the Wisconsin Idea, the School's faculty and staff have long brought teaching, research, and outreach to thousands of workers, unions and employers throughout Wisconsin, the nation and the world.

Announcing fall 2021 institutes

Registration now open!

School for Workers institutes are high-quality, noncredit courses taught by university faculty in Madison or online. The fall 2021 institutes offer something for everyone, with residential, online, and on-demand learning opportunities.


New! On-demand institutes

Flexible, affordable, comprehensive

On-demand institutes offer access to online classes at a time and place convenient to you. The institutes have open, ongoing registration, and participants can access the course 24/7 for up to six months after registration.

Comparing on-demand and online institutes

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National Labor College Legacy Institute

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.