The Office of Continuing Education provides lifelong learning opportunities in support of the University mission. The unit offers a variety of credit, non-credit, training and enrichment courses and programs. All programming and services are offered on a self-support basis and no tuition waiver programs apply. Please see our Web site at http://www.cwuce.org or call 509-963-1513 or 1-800-720-4503 for complete information on the following programs:
Cornerstone Program (College in the High School)
The Cornerstone Program is designed to offer highly capable students the opportunity to take rigorous college courses while in high school. The courses are taught by qualified high school instructors who have been approved as Central lecturers. All Cornerstone classes are the same challenging courses offered at the University. Courses are offered in English, math, sociology, psychology, music, physics, family and consumer sciences, foreign languages, theatre arts, humanities and other subject areas. The credits earned, if applied at CWU or transferred to another institution, should enhance students’ progress toward a degree, reduce the cost of college and strengthen their chances of being accepted to their college of choice. For more information, visit http://www.cwuce.org/cornerstone.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certificate Program
Continuing Education and the College of Education and Professional Studies offer a two-year competency block certificate program intended for business or industry professionals who are interested in obtaining a Career and Technical teaching certificate. The program will provide the tools necessary for success in the classroom. During the program, participants will complete a mentored teaching experience or practicum each year. For more information visit http://www.cwuce.org/careertech.
Distance learning provides convenient, computer-based learning opportunities. Courses are delivered either on CD-ROM or over the Web, and can be taken in one’s own home or office. Courses are available in many career areas, including information technology, business, travel, legal, graphic design, medical coding, education and others. For current offerings see our online catalog at
Professional Certificate Program
Continuing Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning offer this opportunity for educators to work toward their professional certification by enrolling in a pre-assessment seminar (ECTL 601) and a culminating seminar (ECTL 609) at a variety of locations throughout Washington. The entire program is designed for flexibility in helping educators work toward their professional certification. For more information visit http://www.cwu.edu/ ~cert/profcert.html.
Professional Development for Educators
Numerous classes are available each quarter through in-service and distance learning. Course topics are timely, taught by experienced instructors and offer PK-12 teachers convenient and affordable options for credit or clock hours. Course topics include classroom management, special education, bilingual education, health and safety management, teaching strategies, technology in schools and more. Please visit to our online catalog for current offerings http://www.cwuce.org/conted/catalog.asp.
Summer at Central features the golden foothills of the Cascades, the cool water of the Yakima River, warm sunny days and clear breezy nights. It is a great place to spend your time - both inside and outside of the classroom. Enjoy learning in a relaxed atmosphere. Choose from more than 400 courses and workshops taught by experienced and engaging faculty and lecturers. Summer session courses are designed to meet your professional and academic plans at times that are convenient to your schedule. Summer session at Central provides excellent course choices for degree-seeking students as well as professional development for K-12 educators - classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators. Campus housing and dining are available and affordable as are many other service areas including our health center, world-class library and new Student Union and Recreation Center.
Formal admission to Central as a degree-seeking student is not required for summer study. Enrollment is open to all students, including non-residents (i.e. out of state students). Summer tuition rates for non-resident students are the same as those rates charged to residents.
A complete list of summer session courses and workshops is available starting each March on Safari for currently enrolled students or as a pdf at http://www.cwu.edu /~regi/course_information.html. The schedule is updated weekly. For more information about summer session at Central, see http://www.cwu.edu/ ~summer.
WEST-B Test Preparation
WEST-B stands for Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic. It is the basic skills test used throughout Washington. All individuals applying for admission to state-approved teacher preparation programs, and teachers from other states applying for a Washington residency teaching certificate, are required to meet the minimum passing score on the basic skills assessment. Continuing Education offers the Basic Skills Test Prep Course, an interactive CD-ROM that guides learners through the subject areas on the WEST-B exam. It provides information, learning materials and practice exams in an easy-to-understand self-paced learning environment. For more information, visit http://www.cwuce.org/west-b.
World Wine Program
The World Wine Program features learning opportunities for consumers, individuals who work in the wine industry, and those who would like to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to enter or do business with the wine industry. The World Wine Program features four tracks:
Academic Programs are career-oriented and designed for people interested in entering the wine industry, or wine professionals who want to broaden their knowledge and increase their competitive edge. The 15-credit, Wine Trade Professional Certificate is available as a stand-alone certificate program (see Wine Trade Professional Certificate Below) or as part of the Wine Trade & Tourism minor (see the Family and Consumer Science Recreation and Tourism section of this catalog.
Trade Training Courses are designed for both veteran industry professionals and new employees. These non-credit courses help industry professionals gain in-depth knowledge in specific wine-related subject areas, including wine faults, professional palate training, advanced wine analysis, blind tasting techniques, importing/exporting, tasting profiles, consumer motivation and more.
Consumer Courses teach individuals about wine in a fun and non-intimidating way. Courses are social and interactive learning experiences that include tastings. These non-credit, consumer-oriented, short courses cover topics like wine regions of the world, wine and food pairing, wine faults and more. Our wine education DVD series, A Wine Odyssey, allows wine lovers to learn more about wine in the comfort and convenience of their homes.
Custom Training includes short, non-credit, trade-oriented courses and workshops developed and customized for the grape, wine and related industries (e.g. wineries, lending institutions, retailers, restaurants, etc.) to meet their individual needs.
For more information, visit www.cwuce.org/wine-education.
Wine Trade Professional Certificate
The Wine Trade Professional Certificate is offered through the Office of Continuing Education in collaboration with Recreation and Tourism. It is a comprehensive educational program that focuses on the business and trade aspects of the wine industry. Topics covered include viticulture, winemaking, world wine regions, styles and trade structures, the business of wine, wine marketing, merchandising and professional evaluation techniques. Graduates will be prepared for careers in wine sales and merchandising, wholesale, retail, distribution, marketing, import/export, consulting, hospitality and more. The Certificate is intended for individuals currently in the wine and associated industries or for those who would like to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the wine industry.
For more information, visit www.cwuce.org/wine-education.