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Aug 4, 2021 8:54am
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Conference Services (CS), Western's expert team of event coordinators, not only assists with university conferences and events, they also provide support to other entities outside of Western. This year they supported local, regional, national, and international conferences while navigating the COVID pandemic and adapting for the effects it had on in-person events. Read more about WWU's Conference Services Pivots to Virtual Event Formats in 2020-21 Due to COVID
Jul 2, 2021 8:52am
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Western Washington University’s Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) team, in partnership with the University of Washington, will offer a noncredit Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) program this upcoming academic year.  Read more about WWU Announces New Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Certificate Program with the University of Washington
May 28, 2021 11:09am
Western’s Youth Programs is offering a virtual summer program for elementary school students this July, called Young Explorers Science Camp. There are two sections available: "All Washed Up" is designed for students entering grades three through five, and "Light: Where Have All the Colors Gone?" is perfect for students entering kindergarten through second grade. The cost of the program is $50 per student.  Read more about Western’s Youth Programs Announces Virtual 'Young Explorers' Program 


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Two decades into the 21st Century, new patterns of work require people to continually evaluate their education in order to determine how best to progress in their careers, or pursue more rewarding opportunities.

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The Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas are some of the most underserved areas in the state in terms of access to a four-year college degree, and this deficit takes on even more urgency as the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly exposed how important educational attainment is to job security.

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The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University is a multi-college collaboration that offers interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees and certificates to address the science, technology, policy, business, and economic aspects of energy systems. 

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OCE works with faculty, staff, students, and the extended community to provide learning opportunities that make a difference in people’s lives. Learn more about us.

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"Western's program was structured in such a way that I was able to continue with working on my career. It really allowed me to practice what I was learning in school at my job and it was just this very whole-person approach. I really appreciated the flexibility and really, one of the most favorite things was just being able to have my cohort and to have people of like minds that were in my program but I was able to learn from, and the faculty were amazing, and I just really felt supported.  The number one thing was they wanted all of us to succeed."

Kailey Fiedler-Gohlke
Graduate Student, 2019

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Outreach and Continuing Education supports outstanding programs for individuals across their lifetimes. From elementary to post-retirement, our programs cater to the diverse needs of learners at different points on their learning journey.
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