Our History

A century of continuum

From delivering correspondence courses by motorcycle to giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford it the chance to enroll in professional development opportunities, UW Continuum College has grown and evolved for more than 100 years, passing many milestones along the way. Explore Continuum’s decades of history and learn how we’ve become a bridge to education for our community. 

uwpce graduation ceremony 2010s

 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | 2020s | Next


Opening the Door to Opportunity

In 2010, online self-paced certificate programs in high-demand fields became part of UWPCE’s offerings, allowing students the flexibility to fit a certificate program around their lives. As UWEO’s programs continued to grow in 2016, Continuum College was adopted as the umbrella name for the organization, which houses all the programs and program lines within our portfolio.

To help break down barriers to continuing education at the UW, Continuum launched the UW Certificate Scholarship program in 2017. In the first year, the program made scholarships available for 10 low-income Washington residents by covering at least 80% of the course fees for select UWPCE certificate programs. Seeing an opportunity to impact lives, BECU and the Windermere Foundation partnered with the UW in 2018 to help expand the program.