At UW Continuum College, our passion for learning and our innovative spirit continue to fuel us in developing and offering programs that meet the needs of learners wherever they are in life.

Here are just a few highlights from our work that received special recognition in 2016.

Program Development

In collaboration with UW Professional & Continuing Education, we offer more than 100 certificate programs that help busy professionals boost their skills and advance their careers. With our roots, and a number of locations in the Seattle area, it's not surpristing that technology and business are two popular areas of study for our certificate students.

Students aren't the only ones taking note of these programs, though. One of these programs, the Certificate in Agile Development, received the 2016 award for outstanding non-credit program (West Region) from UPCEA, the country’s leading association for professional, continuing and online education.

“This award is a tribute to the overall excellence of the program, including the instructors, advisory board and program staff,” said Lalitha Subramanian, program manager for the Certificate in Agile Development. “It continues to meet the high demand for professionals with Agile skills in the region’s booming tech industry.”


Our Continuum College marketing department was also recognized at the 2016 UPCEA Marketing Awards with honors in a number of categories, receiving the following awards:

  • Gold for the new certificate completion packet, which has been sent to more than 3,000 graduates since spring 2016
  • Silver for the fully revamped UW Professional & Continuing Education website (highest award given in the category)
  • Silver for the 2016 UWPCE winter preview booklet and the 2016–2017 UWPCE catalog

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded a $1 million gift to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW, one of the programs managed by Continuum College. The institute offers a diverse array of noncredit courses and activities for those ages 50 and older, giving these adults access to continuing education at the UW.

The Osher Foundation’s gift, announced in September 2016, takes the form of a $950,000 endowment and $50,000 bridge grant to support the ongoing work of OLLI-UW. It’s the second $1 million award the foundation has given the UW, with the first coming in 2011.

“I’m delighted that the Osher Foundation has provided such generous support of the Lifelong Learning Institute’s programs at the University,” said Rovy Branon, vice provost of UW Continuum College. “This gift allows us to continue to offer a wide variety of enriching learning opportunities for those ages 50 and older and ensures the institute’s long-term sustainability.”

Since 1912, University of Washington Continuum College has provided innovative learning paths that boost career success and inspire more meaningful lives. With a flexible approach to delivering the right programs for the right people at the right time, Continuum College provides over 50,000 students each year with a high-quality University of Washington education that’s relevant for today’s world and accessible to learners in Seattle and around the globe.