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Make new connections in a UW-Madison class this summer

take at class at UW-Madison Continuing Studies this summer and make new connections

The 2019 summer catalog from University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Studies is full of opportunities to connect with new people and enrich your life–and maybe even help your community!

The summer catalog is available online and in the April 11 edition of the Isthmus. Pick one up and select from more than 100 courses, workshops, and conferences to find the perfect choice for your personal or professional growth. You can learn about art, dance, languages, history, music, and writing, as well as sharpen your skills in such fields as behavioral health, distance education, and business.

Here’s a great example.

Life coaching program changes lives

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Brent Eastabrooks used life coaching to help the homeless.

Brent Eastabrooks completed a life coaching certificate through the UW Certified Professional Coach Program. He exemplifies the Wisconsin Idea of bringing classroom learning into the community as well as the International Coach Federation (ICF) Foundation mission of accelerating social progress through coaching, according to a recent article on the ICF Foundation website.

Power of learning

“Projects like these can be replicated in coach training programs worldwide, truly utilizing the power of coaching to make a positive impact in communities across the globe,” said Chariti Gent, director and lead instructor for the UW Certified Professional Coach Program.

In the program, participants go through a 10-month series of face-to-face classes and teleconferences that lead to professional credentialing. It is accredited by the International Coach Federation and is unique in offering a cohort model, so students gain a sense of community.

Eastabrooks, a human resources professional in the health care industry, worked with the Stoughton Area Resource Team (START) Program in Stoughton, Wis., to help leaders there use life coaching with 10 workshop participants.

“These individuals were very low income, homeless, or at risk of homelessness at the time,” said START executive director Cindy Thompson. “Since the workshop, they’ve received ongoing support from me through case management and follow-up while working toward goals set during the workshop. The results allowed my board of directors to approve incorporating coaching as a tool within our organization to provide our client population with an additional resource.”

The next UW Certified Professional Coach Certificate Program starts in September 2019, with five in-person meetings and seven teleconferences.

Register now for your life-changing experience

Get information on all the summer offerings or register now at continuingstudies.wisc.edu.