About Outreach and Continuing Education

Outreach and Continuing Education (OCE) at Western Washington University had its beginnings in 1912 when the first home study courses were created for teachers. Fast forward to the 21st century where we have expanded and diversified its Western Washington University offerings in Bellingham and throughout the Puget Sound region, emphasizing community college partnerships in Everett, Port Angeles, Bremerton, and Poulsbo to deliver degree programs and offer learning options for youth to seniors, as well as a variety of international education opportunities.

Learn more about OCE by viewing our organizational chart

Outreach and Continuing Education is opening doors for you..

For more information on the locations, programming, and outreach services that are supported by OCE, check out our look book, The Extended Forecast.

Join thousands of people who have:

  • Completed their educational goals through evening and online options
  • Accelerated their careers through certificate programs and professional development courses
  • Invested in themselves through personal enrichment courses
  • Explored new or current interests through lifelong learning offerings
  • Sparked curiosity early through youth programming
  • Developed an appreciation for marine life at the SEA Discovery Center
  • Enriched their English language skills through immersive curriculum and cultural activities
  • Embraced the Western Experience to accomplish their educational goals, like those in this video:

Our Mission

Outreach and Continuing Education connects learners of all ages to the Western Experience through collaborations with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off main campus.

Vision Statement

Outreach and Continuing Education will share the Western Experience with students of all ages through learning opportunities across time and place by expanding partnerships – campus and beyond – to build a stronger Washington.


Outreach and Continuing Education is committed to the same high standards of quality for which Western is well known. Programs and courses are delivered in collaboration with Western Washington University colleges, departments and academic committees.


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Our Locations

Western Washington University is conveniently located throughout the Puget Sound and Central Salish Sea regions.

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Outreach and Continuing Education is a self-supporting institution. Your support helps us fulfill our mission to share the Western Experience with students of all ages.

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