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Build Your Skills with Continuing Education Courses

Training to Upgrade Your Career, Business & Life

UW-Green Bay, Continuing Professional Education offers opportunities for employers, employees and area residents of Northeastern Wisconsin and Sheboygan. In today's shifting world, needed skills in the workplace are evolving. We offer the courses needed for professional and organizational growth.

Our partnerships with local industries, area leaders and knowledgeable instructors can create "the path" to mastering in-demand skills to land your next job, start or grow your business or enrich your life.

Programming Contacts

Continuing Professional Education

Teri Zuege-Halvorsen
Area Director
920-465-2862 |

Manitowoc & Sheboygan

Melissa Betke (née Schleicher)
Program Specialist
920-663-7337 |


Linda Hornick
Program Specialist
715-504-3351 |

Community Based ESL:

Building Confidence & Connections

6 Weeks: August 31-October 2 or October 12-November 20
— Online Mixed Training 
Scheduled Online Study & Online Virtual Activities & Discussion

Cost: $299
Every week during the six weeks the course will concentrate on a different topic using various language focus tools such as reading/listening, speaking/listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, writing and critical thinking skills. Designed for teens and adults. Approximately 30 hours. Workbook included in registration fee.

Instructor: Chelsea Olsen
Chelsea Olsen is a culturally competent and passionate English language (ESL) educator with a Master's in TESOL. Highly skilled in online ESL instruction. Experience teaching ESOL in a variety of learning contexts.

Strategies for Success:

Grant Writing for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations

Two Day Conference
September 21 & 23
— Online Virtual Training 

Two Sessions, Times TBA
Cost: $179 (for both)

Session I: Grant Seeking
The first part of the workshop provides a basic overview of the grant writing process  including different categories of support, practicing grant research strategies and identifying and building relationships with potential funders. Bring your own fundable project ideas!

Session II: Proposal Development
The second part of the workshop focuses on how to develop a funding proposal once you have identified an opportunity. This includes writing letters of intent, problem statements, project goals and objectives, budgets, timelines, assessment and reporting.

Instructor: Dr. Kerry Kuenzi
Dr. Kuenzi’s fields of interest and research focuses on issues at the intersection of public and nonprofit management and collaborative governance. Her recent publications are about the career trajectories of nonprofit executives and nonprofit management education. She received her PhD. Public Affairs, M.P.A. and Certificate in Nonprofit Management and B.A., Democracy and Social Justice.

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Turbocharge Lead Generation

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $25
— Online Virtual Training 

If you're a business owner, manager or a marketing professional, lead generation can be tough even in stronger times. It can be especially challenging in turmoil.

UW-Green Bay is offering help — an online class with digital marketing expert Miles Smith, Director of Digital Marketing at Imaginasium. 

During this engaging morning session, Miles will demonstrate innovative, evidence-based strategies that will help you connect with prospects to fill your sales funnel with exciting leads.

You will receive a Zoom link when you register.

Instructor Bio:
 Miles has held operations and marketing positions for several small businesses or business units over the years. He currently works for the marketing agency Imaginasium as Digital Marketing Director. Miles has broad management skills across many functional business disciplines in accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, and leadership. Miles earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oral Roberts University and a Master's in Business Administration from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.


A Series of 4 Lunch-and-Learn Conferences
Wednesdays October 7, 14, 21 & 28
— Online Virtual Training 

October is Cybersecurity Month
Cost: $49 for each session, $149 for all four
Duration: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Session 1: Jeff Lemmermann — Ransomware and Other Threats to the Network
Session 2: Ed Jalinske — Social Media, Phishing, Vishing, Smishing, Shoulder Surfing
Session 3: Jeff Lemmermann — Business Email Compromise (BEC) and Spoofing Scams
Session 4: Bob Turner — Threats for Telecommuters (Telecommuting Technology Troubles)

Presenter Bios:

Ed Jalinske is the Program Supervisor for IT Policy and Cybersecurity Education at UW-Madison. In this role, he leads all cybersecurity awareness, education, and training efforts and oversees the development of campus IT policy. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Information Privacy and Security at the Wisconsin School of Business. His previous professional experience includes working for the Federal Government and Private Sector on healthcare technology legislation and technology education. Ed holds a BA from Colgate University and a JD from The George Washington University Law School.

Jeff Lemmermann is a Certified Ethical Hacker currently working as an Information Assurance Consultant for Synercomm. His areas of expertise include:  Information System Auditing, Certified Ethical Hacking, (Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing) Article Writing on Information Security Topics, Classroom Education and Public Speaking on Information Security Topics. 

Bob Turner, Chief Information Security Officer, UW-Madison, leads the information security and privacy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His team provides cybersecurity services including risk management and compliance, security operations center, security tools support, cyber intelligence analysis, security awareness, and information technology policy. Previously, Bob managed cybersecurity consultants delivering security assessments and cybersecurity inspections. Bob served in the U.S. Navy for 23-years as a telecommunications operator then as a Communications and Information Systems officer. He earned BS and MS degrees in Management and Information Security and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Financial Strategies for a Successful Retirement

Tuesdays: October 13, 20 & 27

— Online Virtual Training (Zoom) 

Cost: $54 Family Registration

This class is a must if you are over the age of 55. This three-week class focuses on how to prepare for a comfortable retirement by introducing you to concepts and strategies that may help you handle your day-to-day finances, reduce your taxes, and manage your investments. You will also be given the opportunity to have further instruction from an estate planning attorney and a financial advisor.

Instructors: Roger Klumb, CFP & John "J.R." Richards, AAMS
Roger Klumb earned his Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University, and after joining Baird in 2008, completed his FINRA 7 series and 66 licenses. Roger is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. John Richards earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from Marquette University and holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. He has earned the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM (AAMS®) by the College of Financial Planning in 2007.

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Virtual Meeting Engagement Techniques
Tuesday, October 13

8-9:30 a.m. | 1 Hour of Instruction | 30 Minutes Q&A
— Online Virtual Training 

Cost: $29

Our current global situation has forced us to change the way we conduct meetings. But that doesn't mean virtual meetings can't be as effective as in person. Make your meeting the one that people want to attend! Join us to learn how to keep your audience engaged throughout your meeting or training.  In this session, we will:

  • Explore the top five virtual meeting platforms and what they have to offer
  • Identify how to set participants up for success through setting expectations
  • Discover the various engagement tools available on virtual meeting platforms and beyond

Instructor: Tori L. England, PMP
Tori L. England has her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and her master’s degree in Corporate Communication. She brings over 20 years of project management and learning and development experience, leading Fortune 500 companies through major transformational change. Tori is certified in the PROSCI change management model and is a PMP certified project manager. Tori is currently a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Faculty member at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Reconnecting Your People to Their Sense of Purpose

Thursday, October 22, 2020
— Online Virtual Training 

8:30-10:30 a.m.
(You will receive a link prior to the class)
Cost: $39

Sometimes people in the work that they do, aren’t aware of their importance and value they have to your organization. In this presentation, the risk factors which rob you and your staff of purpose are discussed. One of the foundations for becoming resilient following challenging experiences is a reconnection to a higher purpose. This presentation discusses the importance of helping your staff to see their “why” in the work that they do. Examples are given of those who turned tragedy into triumph by finding a purpose to rise up, to hope, and to heal. This presentation gives examples of what some organizations have done to show the importance of the work that their employees do for the whole organization. People who feel that they are making valuable contributions are more motivated employees.

Instructor: Greg Young, M. Div.
Greg Young is the chaplain, trainer & debriefer for the Germantown, Police Department, and the FBI. Greg is a Resilience/Post-traumatic growth trainer as well as a trainer in Cumulative Stress and Moral Injury among first responders. In November 2019, Greg led a team of four police officers from the Midwest to Ukraine to introduce regional police departments to Peer Support and Chaplaincy Programs. He presented at the “Symposium for Hope, Resilience, and Recovery, following the Sandy Hook Tragedy,” debriefing with a collegue first responders on the scene.He also responded to the Sikh Temple Mass shooting in Oak Creek and most recently the Molson Coors mass shooting in Milwaukee. Greg has a B.A. in Sociology and a M.Divinity degree.

Mental Health During a Crisis

— Self-Paced Online Training —

Cost: $25
Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours to complete

Since early March 2020, life as we know it has drastically changed. From social distancing to layoffs, almost every area of our lives has been impacted by the pandemic. These radical changes have occurred at all levels — national and local, individual and family, practical and emotional — seismic transformations that can leave you feeling fearful, overwhelmed, and worried about what the future might look like.

Taking care of your mental health during this time is crucial. This course was specifically developed to proactively address emotional upheaval and expand your understanding of psychological well-being. Specifically, the course helps identify and help process your reactions to crisis by learning healthy ways to cope when circumstances feel beyond your control.

Instructor: Angela Wessels, LPC, NCC
Angela Wessels is an alumna of UW-Green Bay and has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with minors in Human Biology and Human Development. Angela also has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She has worked in the mental health field since 2010, holds a counseling license in the state of Wisconsin and is a nationally certified counselor with Lifepoint Counseling, LLC. Angela has experience providing community educational programming, providing outpatient counseling to a variety of ages and populations, and also provides critical incident debriefings for first responders after traumatic incidents.

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Lakeshore Leaders
A monthly speaker series with distinguished leaders making a positive impact in our communities, sharing their stories of success, failure and triumph. Learn more.


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Certificate Programs


If you have any questions or would like to talk with us about an existing or current program, please don't hesitate to reach out to Continuing Professional Education. You will receive a response from someone who can help you.

Continuing Education Cancellation Policy:

A full refund minus a $25 processing fee is given when canceling more than 10 days prior to an event. A $25 processing fee will be added when transferring your registration to another training more than 10 days prior to an event. No refund or transfer is issued 10 or fewer days prior to the event. A substitute may attend in your place. In case of low enrollments, we reserve the right to cancel programs and return a full refund.

Online Learning Glossary

Course Management System: A course management system consists of a set of educational and online tools. The educators are able to use these tools in order to create an online course with various types of content, such as videos or audio files. This content can then be posted on the internet without any need to use computer programming languages or HTML.  The UW system uses Canvas as its online course management system. 

Mixed: A mixed class is presented in a combination of online formats, often scheduled and virtual. 

Scheduled: Similar to an in-person class, in a scheduled or synchronous class the instructor will present material on a day by day or weekly basis with set times for study and response.

Self-Paced: The learner has the control of the amount of material and duration they need in order to learn the information properly. It differs from other learning methods because the learner is in control of what they learn and when they learn it.  Self-paced courses don’t follow a set schedule, and there is no real-time interaction. They are all about flexibility. All of the course materials are available as soon as the course starts, and the learner goes through them at their own speed. This online teaching format may also be called asynchronous

Virtual: An online learning environment that is virtual means an instructor will show, explain or test certain skills that can help others to learn. The class takes place in real-time with specified start and end times. The instructor and other students have to use video conferencing software like Zoom, Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, Cloud Meeting, WebEx or other to interact with each other face-to-face in a virtual space. Virtual training is used not only for educational purposes but for commercial as well as industrial training also.