Posted 3:13 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2024

Kids' College in spring 2019

Local 5–6 graders to explore new concepts, career pathways, and college life on the UWL campus

UW-La Crosse Graduate & Extended Learning is partnering with Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Network schools to offer local fifth and sixth-grade students a taste of college life. Over 240 students are expected to convene at UWL on Friday, April 12 to participate in a variety of hands-on learning experiences. 

Fifth and sixth graders will dig into topics from astronomy to art and work alongside UWL faculty, staff, and graduate students to experiment, problem-solve, and just have fun! Many will also set foot on a college campus for the first time — providing the campus an opportunity to share what it means to be an Eagle. 

Opening imaginations and possibilities is the goal of Kids’ College says KJ Krzyzanowski, UWL Youth Program Specialist. “Providing connections in a supportive environment prepares kids to explore, engage, and envision their futures.”

In past years instructors in physics, public health, and music have led sessions on topics such as “The Stars Above You,” “Disease Detectives,” and “Instrument Petting Zoo.” Students have challenged themselves on the UWL climbing wall and completed a guided campus tour. See other past sessions.

“The sessions vary every year, but the main goal is to get young students thinking about their futures and seeing themselves at college,” says Lynn Weiland, UWL Extended Learning director. “Kids’ College volunteers have the opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life by helping them get a glimpse of where they may want to progress through their education … one experience can alter their course.”

If you are interested in leading a Kids’ College session on Friday, April 12, 2024, contact UWL Youth Program Specialist KJ Krzyzanowski at The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 23.