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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.

Important updates for fall 2021 institute

School for Workers converts previously scheduled fall programs to online institutes

School for Workers is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. In response to the current developments with the pandemic and recognizing the barriers it creates for students across the nation to attend classes in Madison, all fall 2021 institutes have been converted to online institutes. We remain dedicated to continuing to provide education for the advancement of worker empowerment.

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.

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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.