About Outreach and Continuing Education

Outreach and Continuing Education (OCE) began in 1912 to help facilitate the first home study course for teachers. Now, OCE supports diverse learning opportunities throughout the Puget Sound region. OCE assists Western’s colleges in developing community college partnerships in Bremerton, Everett, Port Angeles, and Poulsbo. These partnerships provide degree program pathways for students throughout Washington. OCE also offers learning opportunities for all ages including international programs

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 through collaborations with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off main campus.

Our vision

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


Western Washington University academic programs and courses are overseen by Western colleges and taught to the same high standards and commitment to academic excellence. 

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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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