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Office of Continuing Education and Extension (CEE)

works with faculty and departments to extend the instructional, research and public service resources of UW-L to individuals and organizations in western Wisconsin communities and in other parts of the state. Some programs attract national and international audiences.


Graduate and undergraduate credit courses are offered off-campus for part-time students, primarily K-12 educators and health and human service professionals. Some courses are offered in partnership with the Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #4. CEE also administers the Learning Community program within the Master of Education Professional Development Program (MEPD) in partnership with the School of Education.

Conferences, workshops and other non-credit instructional programs are conducted for selected professional audiences, as well as for the general public. The Learning in Retirement programs are offered specifically for older adults. Continuing education units (CEUs), Department of Public Instruction clock hours or health education continuing education contact hours are awarded when appropriate.


Science, humanities, and arts enrichment classes are also offered for upper elementary, middle and high school students.

Credit outreach courses and most non-credit instructional programs are offered in partnership with UW-Extension. Distance learning technologies are used for selected audiences.

CEE staff work with faculty and off-campus individuals to host conferences and annual meetings of professional associations and other organizations. index.html


Mississippi Valley

Archaeology Center

is an archaeological research, preservation, and public education organization which conducts excavations and surveys, presents programs and speakers, and works with archaeologists in the Sociology/ Archaeology Department to provide opportunities for student participation in archaeological research. An archaeology laboratory is maintained in the Archaeology Building and is used to train students in archaeological methods. The archaeology laboratory is a location for much course-related student research, and contains space to curate artifacts recovered from field projects. Field studies are conducted annually to learn about the prehistoric and early historic cultures of the upper Mississippi River Valley. The Center works closely with pre-collegiate teachers in developing archaeology instruction materials and activities for the classroom. For more information, visit MVAC’s website at


Summer Programs

at Pigeon Lake Field Station

The University of Wisconsin System sponsors summer programs at Pigeon Lake Field Station near Drummond. Appropriate course work successfully completed at Pigeon Lake is credited as resident study by the university.

Pigeon Lake Field Station is a natural laboratory in the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest. Sixteen rustic cabins (each accommodating eight students), a dining hall, recreation hall, and three classroom/ laboratory buildings are situated near the lake’s 1400-foot shoreline. Excellent facilities are available for boating, swimming and fishing.

The station is used principally for programs in field biology, the natural sciences, outdoor recreation, outdoor education and art. Courses vary in length from one to three weeks.

Graduate and undergraduate courses are publicized in the early spring. For further details, contact Director, Continuing Education and Extension, UW-La Crosse,  La Crosse, WI  54601.


University of Wisconsin-

La Crosse Planetarium

has served the university, area schools, private groups, and the general public since 1965. Approximately 10,000 people attend presentations at the planetarium each school year. Bright stars and major constellations are pointed out in the simulated sky at public programs on Monday evenings. Each program also includes a multi-media presentation on various subjects in astronomy and space science. A music, light and laser show “Album Encounters” features rock artists on Thursday evenings. For information on current programs, call (608)785-8669. Visit our web site at index.html.


River Studies Center (RSC),

created in 1972, is a non-curricular unit established to focus on research and informational programs pertinent to the Upper Mississippi River and its related resources. During the past 25 years, the RSC has expanded its activities to other aquatic resources in Wisconsin and the region, such as northern lakes. Specific areas of research include aquatic ecology, fisheries, aquatic microbiology, aquatic toxicology, and water quality. Research is conducted in laboratories in Cowley Hall including the recently renovated analytical chemistry and aquatic toxicology facilities. The activities of the RSC are closely coordinated with the Department of Biology/Microbiology and a number of state and federal agencies. It provides employment, internships, and valuable research training for undergraduate and graduate students in aquatic science.



Business Development Center

serves the university, the faculty, and the business community through opportunities in research, on-site programs, advising and customized training. The UW-La Crosse Business Development Center (BDC) is located in 120 North Hall, (608)785-8782, or electronically at


As part of the Small Business Development Center statewide organization, the BDC uses a variety of resources to help small business managers solve problems. The BDC provides businesses with information and guidance concerning a multitude of concerns associated with starting, maintaining and expanding a small business. The BDC offers one-on-one advising for owners, managers, and prospective entrepreneurs. Interns and upper level university students, supervised by faculty, are available to perform research and in-depth studies.


The Business Development Center provides non-credit continuing education programs for business people in a seven-county region. Topics include issues in marketing, sales, finance, human resources and supervisory management.

The Business Development Center is a research facility. Feasibility and impact studies are conducted for local concerns, and economic information is collected and housed on such issues as local labor market, housing, consumer preferences, and export potential. They provide resource information for La Crosse area business and UW-L faculty from a collection of government reports and business publications. This information, as well as a calendar of events, is published on the Internet homepage.


The La Crosse Exercise

and Health Program

is sponsored by the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education in conjunction with the La Crosse area medical profession. The LEHP offers health and fitness programs for healthy adults as well as those individuals with cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. Based on laboratory evaluations, individualized programs of diet, exercise, and cardiac risk factor modification are developed for each participant. All programs take place on the UW-L campus and are supervised by graduate and undergraduate students under the direction of HPER&TE faculty. The graduate students are members of the Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation masters degree program while the undergraduate students come from a variety of educational backgrounds, including health education, physical therapy and fitness emphasis. The LEHP also has units in research and professional education. The La Crosse Exercise and Health Program office is located in 221 Mitchell Hall, or can be contacted by phone at (608)785-8683, or electronically at HPER/LEHP/index.html.


The La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, Inc.

was formed in the fall of 1993 and incorporated as an independent 501(C)3 not-for-profit corporation in the spring of 1994. The Consortium represents an alliance between UW-L, Western Wisconsin Technical College, Viterbo College, and two independent health care providers (Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare).


The activities of the Consortium were initially guided by a steering committee composed of senior level administrative representatives from each institution. Under the direction of the steering committee, the Consortium focused its efforts toward investigating collaborative initiatives to enhance primary care, strengthen allied health science education, and solidify interactive research initiatives in the clinical sciences.


The Consortium is now governed by a CEO level Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director. The focus of the multi-institutional partnership is directed toward planning and implementing interactive programs that optimize the use of shared resources and take advantage of the strengths of individual consortium members.


The Consortium has identified the need for additional physical facilities to support their collaborative efforts. Accordingly, with UW-L taking a leadership role in the initiative, the Consortium has undertaken construction of a jointly-owned and operated facility identified as the Health Science Center. The multidisciplinary Center will furnish much needed space for expanded, integrated allied health science programming and will provide the physical facility to support collaborative, clinically focused research in human physiology, microbiology and rehabilitative services.


On behalf of UW-L, the Center will specifically support academic programming in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical laboratory, radiation sciences in nuclear medicine technology and radiation therapy, physician assistant studies, clinical microbiology, human physiology and reading. In conjunction with the interactive educational programs, the Center will contribute significantly to the economic and higher educational well-being of the region. Construction of the facility is near completion and will be occupied in the year 2000. ( skycam. html)

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