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.

All programming is converting to an online format. 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.  

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The self-paced institute is an online class structured into one-week units. Each unit comprises readings, short videos, activities, and student discussion boards to explore a set topic. Participants can access the course whenever it fits their schedule and do not have to be online at any specific time.

The virtual classroom is a live institute that uses online video conferencing platforms for learning, discussion, and activities.

The blended institute is an online class that blends self-paced learning activities with opportunities in a live virtual classroom.

Complete your registration online here before the registration deadline date.

After successfully registering for classes, you will receive three 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.

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

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 or 608-262-2112. Requests are confidential.

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