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Center for Learning and Innovation

Engaging experiences to discover new passions.

The Center for Learning and Innovation offers exciting opportunities to discover new passions and gain new skills. Our experiential learning programs extend beyond typical educational courses, allowing you to learn the kinds of adaptable skills that will serve you for a lifetime.

Outdoor Programs

Fuel your passion for the outdoors.

The Center for Learning and Innovation gives you the opportunity to earn credit while participating in valuable learning opportunities provided by our contract partners. You can embark on field expeditions, explore new cultures, attend leadership trainings and acquire new certifications.

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Rising to the Occasion

Student Tanner Saucerman ascends to the summit of Mt. Henry on a hike lead by Instructor Paul Tame.

Mapping the future

Lake Fork Valley Conservancy president, Harvey DuChene, shows students around Lake City’s newest river protection projects.

Online Course Center

Develop professional skills from anywhere.

In partnership with ed2go, Western offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. Designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, our instructor-facilitated, web-based learning programs can be taken from the comfort of your home or office at times that are convenient for you.

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Remote connections

Our extensive online course offerings allow students to work anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to excel.

Career Step is a leading online education company focused on the allied healthcare market. They specialize in medical transcription and editing, and medical coding and billing training.

The Career Step online training courses have been developed in conjunction with industry experts and employers and are designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in your chosen career. We offer both full career training programs and smaller continuing education and skill development courses. Each program requires approximately 640 hours of coursework. Students have one year to complete the coursework at their own pace. There is an option for a four-month extension, if needed, for an extra fee.

Get a step ahead

Career Step has trained more than 50,000 students and made more than 700 placements with companies.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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Oct
06

Art Department Convocation

Oct
07

Homecoming

Oct
07

MBA Dissertation Openhouse

Oct
07

Western Homecoming Welcome

Oct
07

Homecoming Parade down Main Street

Oct
07

Western Club & Mountain Sports Reunion

Oct
07

Lighting of The W Party

Oct
07

PC: Homecoming Bonfire with DJ HUMAN Guy

Oct
08

Homecoming

Oct
08

Homecoming 5K Fun Race

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Department Information

Center for Learning and Innovation

Director

Shelley Jansen

Director of the Center for Learning and Innovation

Contact Information

970.943.2885

970.943.7068

extendedstudies@western.edu

8am - 5pm

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 303
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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