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Success Stories

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Overcoming barriers of going back to school

Our student services coordinator Anne Niendorf shared her journey to getting a college degree, along with tips on being a returning adult student, with the Wisconsin State Journal. Get inspired by her story!
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Students make progress, stay connected in online continuing education classes

Online classes helped two students meet their personal and professional development goals.
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Returning adult students dig deep to balance roles and responsibilities in COVID times

Kristy Jorgensen and Alex Hentzen are among 9,805 students 25 years old and older who were enrolled spring 2019 through 2020 at UW-Madison. Read about their challenges and triumphs.
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Student’s remarkable journey to starting his undergraduate degree at age 28, living his dream

In his village of Koumea in Togo, Africa, 8-year-old Hezouwe Walada watched nearly half of his community—including three of his
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New $3 million endowment will enable UW Odyssey Project to continue to combat inequities

In the midst of a highly insecure time, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Odyssey Project secured $3 million in gifts, a base for
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Odyssey Project online graduation full of pride, community, love

Even a pandemic cannot dampen the spirits of these graduates. In a Zoom ceremony that included more than 200 people,
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Odyssey student triumphs over the odds to get his master’s degree as an older adult

Brian Benford describes his educational journey as full of “potholes, roadblocks, angst and unfulfilled dreams. Starting in the 1970s, I
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Returning adult students receive awards for perseverance, leadership

Lifelong learning runs in Talesa Allen’s family. When her dad was 67, he went back to Madison College for a
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Continuing Studies language classes help students build skills, cultural competence, and community

Not only is learning a language great for your brain, but it can also provide a sense of community—and it’s fun.
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