Making her summer count

jill's story

Summer Quarter is open to everyone and offers the perfect opportunity to take a course, explore a new interest or enroll in a special program. Individuals like Jill Smith can choose from nearly 2,000 credit courses and intensive learning opportunities.

Jill Smith has worked in the gaming field since 1991, but she felt she needed more education to advance in her career. So when she heard about the Business Essentials of Tribal Gaming & Hospitality Management certificate program at the UW, she jumped at the chance. 

"My goal was always to work for my tribe," said Jill, who is a table games floor supervisor at a tribal casino. "I wanted to further my education to become more successful in my position." 

The innovative certificate program is part of UW Summer Quarter, which offers the opportunity for anyone to take a UW course for credit. Adult professionals like Jill can take classes that help their career or educational goals, or just explore a longstanding interest. 

"It's very valuable to be able to take UW classes," Jill said. "I was able to build relationships with the other students. It's a huge opportunity to find out what's really out there for you."