Institutes

School for Workers institutes are high-quality, noncredit courses taught by university faculty on campus or online. Classes typically center on the needs and perspectives of union members, officers, and staff. While class topics do vary, the core focus is on worker empowerment.

See our upcoming institutes listed here.

COVID-19 update

All programming is currently running as online formats. The needs of workers, unions, and worker organizations are greater than ever as our community continues to operate in these challenging times. School for Workers is here to help. Online learning may be new to you, but School for Workers faculty and staff are available to ensure your success! Participants will receive information before the class start date on navigating the online platform and online learning best practices. Tips and guidance are available within the online classes, too. School for Workers is available to you remotely, and we are actively continuing our mission.  

To learn more about UW–Madison’s efforts and decisions related to COVID-19, visit http://covid19.wisc.edu.

Types of institutes

About

On-demand institutes have an open, ongoing online registration. After completing registration, the participant will gain access to the online course within 5-10 business days. 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. Faculty are available for support or questions via the online platform e-mailing system. Continuous enrollment courses are considered self-paced institutes.

About

Online institutes are offered year-round to provide an accessible and flexible learning opportunity wherever you are. The high-quality, noncredit courses are developed and supported by university faculty. School for Workers faculty and staff are available and active throughout the course to ensure participant success along the way. Online institutes are offered in a variety of formats, and each are structured within a registration deadline, class start date, and class end date. Participants are expected to complete the work within the institute’s specified timeframe.

Online institute formats

  • The asynchronous institute is an online class structured into weekly instructional units. Each unit contains readings, short videos, activities, and student discussion boards with weekly deadlines that explores a given topic. Participants may access the course anytime 24/7 to complete the weekly units whenever it fits their schedule.
  • The blended institute is an online class that combines the asynchronous and live classroom formats, coupling one-week instructional units with scheduled live classroom time.
  • The live classroom is a real-time institute that uses online video conferencing platforms at scheduled times for learning, discussion, and activities.

About

Residential institutes are offered as a fall session and spring session on campus in Madison, Wisconsin. The high-quality, noncredit courses are taught by university faculty and are two to five days in length. Classes typically center on the needs and perspectives of union members, officers, and staff, and while topics vary, the core focus is on advancing worker empowerment.

Class location

School for Workers residential institutes are typically held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53703. Click here to learn more about the conference center.

Lodging

A block of rooms at the Lowell Center are made available for class participants to reserve. The Lowell Center is located in downtown Madison, approximately one block from the conference center. Participants are responsible for their own lodging. We encourage you to secure your lodging soon after registering for your class to ensure a hotel room for your stay in Madison. Please note that rooms are released 30 days prior to the class start date. To reserve your room at the Lowell Center, call 1-866-301-1753 and state you are registered for a School for Workers program or access the block code at online registration. Click here to learn more about the Lowell Center.

Enrollment information

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On-demand institutes

Registration process

Registration is always open! Register online here. Participants will receive access to the online course within 5-10 business days and have six months to complete the course. After successfully registering for classes, you will receive two important e-mails:

  1. Immediately, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that you have successfully registered.
  2. Within 5-10 business days, you will receive an e-mail prompting you to create an ID to access the online class platform.

Payment

After completing registration, you will automatically connect to a secure online payment site. Tuition is accepted only online at charge.wisc.edu/schoolforworkers and is due at registration. Please note that on-demand institutes are non-refundable.  

Online institutes

Registration process

Complete your registration online here before the registration deadline date. After successfully registering for classes, you will receive three important e-mails:

  1. Immediately, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that you have successfully registered.
  2. Before your class start date, you will receive an e-mail prompting you to create an ID to access the online class platform.
  3. Before your class start date, you will receive an e-mail providing information on navigating your online institute and online learning best practices.

If you do not receive one of the e-mails, please check your junk folder or contact us at schoolforworkers@dcs.wisc.edu.

Payment

After completing registration, you will automatically connect to a secure online payment site. Tuition is accepted only online at charge.wisc.edu/schoolforworkers and is due 48-hours before your class start date. 

Cancellation policy

For a full refund of your online institute, you must notify the School for Workers 48-hours in advance, or more, before the institute start date. Cancellation notification can be done by emailing schoolforworkers@dcs.wisc.edu or by calling 608-262-2112. If the cancellation notification is received less than 48-hours before the institute start date, the cancellation fee will be, at a minimum, one-third of the original tuition. When enrollment criterion is not met, or conditions beyond our control intervene, School for Workers reserves the right to cancel the institute. If the school cancels an institute, registrants will be notified and tuition is refunded in full.

Residential institutes

Registration process

Registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the class start date. Registration can be completed online here or by phone at 608-262-2112.

Payment

Payment is due 14-days before the class start date. Registration payment includes tuition, instructional materials, lunches and breaks. Please do not include lodging fees in your payment to School for Workers.

Pay by credit card at our secured payment site charge.wisc.edu/schoolforworkers. Or send a check payable to UW-Madison to:

    • School for Workers | 610 Langdon St., Rm 229 | Madison, WI 53703

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, you must notify the School for Workers at least 14 days before the institute start date. Cancellation notification can be done by emailing schoolforworkers@dcs.wisc.edu or by calling 608-262-2112. If the cancellation notification is received less than 14 days before the institute’s start date, or no notification is provided at all, the cancellation fee will be a minimum of $100. When enrollment criterion is not met, or conditions beyond our control intervene, School for Workers reserves the right to cancel the institute. If the school cancels an institute, registrants will be notified and tuition is refunded in full.

Accessibility

University of Wisconsin–Madison provides equal opportunities in programming. If you need an interpreter or have a disability and require accommodations, please make your request at registration. You may also make this request by contacting the School for Workers office at schoolforworkers@dcs.wisc.edu or 608-262-2112. Requests are confidential.