Continuing Education


The Office of Continuing Education provides lifelong learning opportunities, education and training for all ages.

Exciting, convenient and affordable public programs meet the needs of those wanting to explore and continue their education. Programs are offered in the Ellensburg area; at CWU University Centers; online and in a variety of forms: non-credit personal enrichment courses,  academic credit programs (bachelor degrees, certificates), and professional development courses providing Clock Hours and CEUs.  Whether your goal is to gain knowledge for your career, delve into a new career field, maintain your licensure, reach new academic goals, sign your child up for a youth summer camp, or just explore and experience new things for personal growth, Continuing Education has something for every learner.

Vision: The Office of Continuing Education will be respected nationally and internationally for excellence in the development and delivery of innovative educational opportunities.

Mission: The Office of Continuing Education's mission is to provide lifelong learning opportunities in support of the university mission. Continuing Education staff collaborates with academic departments to develop programs that meet society's existing and emerging educational needs.


  1. Provide high quality, integrated and innovative academic and professional development programs that serve the Ellensburg campus, the university centers, and local, regional, national and international communities.
  2. Develop a diversified funding base to support credit and non-credit programs and maintain viable self-support status.
  3. Build and nurture mutually beneficial partnerships between the university and industry partners, professional and community organizations, government agencies, local and educational institutions.
  4. Strengthen the University's position as a leader in the field of education.
  5. Provide outstanding customer service.
  6. Create and sustain a productive, civil, and pleasant workplace.
  7. Develop prominent programs that receive regional, national and international recognition.
  8. Identify and initiate programs that help strengthen local and regional economies


Melanie Palm
Executive Director, Extended Learning


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   Maggie Mendoza
   Program Manager

Katie Kuntz
   Program Manager

Stephanie Hinchliff
Program Assistant


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Jonna Davis  
Fiscal Specialist

Office of Continuing Education
400 E University Way - Barge Hall
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7433
Ph: 509-963-1712
Fax: 509-963-1690