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Who We Are & What We Do

The Center on Education and Work (CEW) is part of the highly-ranked* School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since it began in 1964, CEW has focused on enhancing the quality of career-related learning and outcomes for youth and adults.

As part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, one of the oldest, largest, and most productive university-based education research centers in the world, CEW is uniquely positioned to deliver a portfolio of education- and career-related research projects, evaluation studies, resources and tools, and professional development training.

CEW's research, evaluation, and training initiatives forward the Wisconsin Idea, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's initiative to improve people's lives in the state and beyond.

*The UW-Madison School of Education was ranked No. 1 among public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report ranking, March 2014.

Product Development

CEW seeks to enhance the quality of career-related learning and outcomes for all youth and adults by creating products based on sound career development theory, research, and practice.

CEW's main products are the web-based career information systems CareerLocker, for students and adults in the U.S., and, for students in Singapore.

CareerLocker and provide activities, assessments, information, and tools to assist individuals in their academic and career exploration and planning. The systems are designed to help youth and adults:

1) become aware of themselves with regard to their interests, skills, and values,

2) explore how their unique patterns of interests, skills, and values can be applied to the world of work, and

3) develop the job-seeking skills needed to acquire meaningful employment.

As of fall 2014, Wisconsin Careers, which manages the CareerLocker and websites, will officially take the name of its parent organization, the Center on Education and Work.