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With the increasing demand for online educational opportunities, the Continuing Education Office at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses has re-imagined its catalog of courses this fall to offer a wide range of professional development non-credit courses, personal enrichment options and even travel experiences in a virtual format.

For those experiencing an unexpected job loss, several online courses with local experts in September and October will help improve job searches and develop essential skills.

One of the first courses scheduled in September is Career/Industry Exploration offered online 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 9., and taught by Emily Hoffmann, UW Oshkosh career adviser. This course is designed for anyone entering the job market, re-entering the job market or switching careers. Participants will learn about the importance of researching and understanding the opportunities available to become a more competitive candidate for a job. The fee is $29.

Other upcoming courses include Phone Interviewing; Updating Your Resume for the Changing Job Market; LinkedIn/Networking; Writing Winning Resumes and Cover Letters; How To Cultivate Successful Mentor Relationships, and Identifying and Building Job Skills for a New Career or Promotion.

Finance, smart phones, cooking and food tasting?

Many personal enrichment courses previously offered in person have been re-imagined for an online platform. Just a few of the courses offered include how to better use your smart phone technology, foundations of investing, servant leadership, strategies to successfully buy or sell your home and two cooking sessions under the expert guidance of Chef Ace Champion.

“Moving the courses online has expanded the reach of our personal enrichment offerings and we’ve developed some innovative and creative solutions for fall,” Continuing Education Director for Access Campuses Suzanne Lawrence said. “These courses are offered live, are interactive and a great way to stay connected.”

Local food favorites from the Milwaukee area are featured in two unique experiences that combine a food tasting in your home with a live online educational seminar. The Bakery Bus in a Box includes a sampler package of sweet treats delivered directly to your door in time for an online discussion on Oct. 23.

For chocolate lovers, Churches and Chocolates Tour in a Box delivers a box of chocolates and the opportunity to participate in a 90-minute discussion and tasting led by a local chocolatier on Dec. 4. Both sessions require registration several weeks in advance and space is limited. The $75 fee includes the food (enough for two) and the online experience.

Virtual travel

To explore the world without stepping outside, a series of virtual travel conversations are planned with experts from around the world. This partnership with Context Conversations is a unique opportunity to explore a future travel destination or to revisit a favorite location, museum or city.

Context Conversations virtually connect participants with these experts and other lifelong learners in a 90-minute seminar. Advance registration is required and the fee for each session is $37.

The conversations offered this fall include Treasures of the Louvre Museum at 2 p.m. on Oct. 10; The Sistine Chapel in Depth at 2 p.m. on Nov. 7; Prohibition and the Perfect Manhattan: NYC Cocktail History at 3 p.m. on Dec. 5; and Portugal’s Sintra at 1 p.m. on Jan. 16.

“These Context Conversations are quite unique because they are led by scholars who usually lead in-person tours of these sites and participants have the opportunity to ask questions,” Lawrence said. “If you’ve already visited or are just dreaming about visiting one of these locations, you’ll learn fascinating details and history during these sessions.”

The complete list of courses offered this fall, including dates, times and fees, is online. Advance registration is required for all courses.

Continuing Education offices are currently closed to visitors with staff working remotely. For more information or assistance, call (920) 832-2326 or email Lawrence at

UW Oshkosh Continuing Education Course Catalog Fall 2020