Learning and Development,

Growth & Development,Career Development

School at Work

School at Work - Growth & Development, Career Development


Would you like to develop and grow in your current role at UW Health? Do you wish to learn about other career opportunities? Would you like to learn medical terminology and improve your confidence by improving reading, writing, and math skills? Do you have aspirations to go back to school? If your answer is yes to one or more of these questions, consider applying for UW Health’s School at Work program!

What is School at Work?

School at Work is a career development program for entry-level employees who want to develop workplace skills and grow their career. Participants must be committed to learning and developing their skills. In addition to attending class for two hours each week, participants are expected to complete three to four hours of homework each week on personal time. The program helps UW Health employees:

The School at Work Program focuses on principles of patient satisfaction and safety, enhancing grammar, reading, writing, math skills and teaching medical terminology. Computer and career-planning skills are also taught to help employees become stronger in their current roles, seek out new employment opportunities at UW Health, and gain the confidence to go back to school.

Employees must meet eligibility requirements to participate. In addition to attending class for two hours each week on paid time, participants are expected to complete three to four hours of homework each week on personal time. Completed applications should be submitted to Human Resources.


The application period for this year's School at Work® has closed. We received over 75 applications for this year's program. The application period for the 2018-2019 program will begin in July 2018.

If you missed this year's deadline, but are still interested in opportunities for personal and professional development, we encourage you to review the Resources for a variety of courses that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.


To be eligible for the School at Work® program, employees must meet certain eligibility requirements that are outlined below. Temporary employees, employees-in-training and student employees are not eligible for School at Work®. All applicants must be able to demonstrate appropriate reading skills. Applicants with basic education, earning less income and who have a longer length of service at UW Health will receive priority in the selection process. However, we encourage everyone to apply!

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. At least 0.5 FTE
  2. Employee has passed initial probationary period.
  3. Employee has received no formal discipline or has not been on a performance improvement plan within 12 months prior to the time of applying for the program
  4. Employee received a performance rating of 3 or above (based on a 5 point scale) on the most recent performance evaluation
  5. Employee must continue to meet the eligibility requirements throughout participation in the program

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact the HR Service Center or call (608) 263-6500.