Students view a WMU-sponsored race car

Community Connections


WMUx is a partner in teaching and learning within our community.

We work with community partners to collaboratively imagine, design and realize ideas that transform and enhance the learning experience. Learn more  


  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU

    Founded in 2011, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU offers high-quality, non-credit educational opportunities for mature adults in the greater Kalamazoo community. With support from WMUx, this volunteer organization works with emeriti, faculty, and staff to offer courses and trips year-round.

    Visit OLLI

  • WMU-Grand Rapids building

    WMU-Grand Rapids

    WMUx extends the reach of Western Michigan University beyond Kalamazoo through our Grand Rapids location. Leading innovation through community engagement and the delivery of responsive contemporary programming, WMU-Grand Rapids identifies, develops, and provides access to learner-centered pathways for diverse populations in southwest Michigan.

    Visit Grand Rapids

  • Instructors and students in WMU-GR AMP Lab

    Early College Programs

    Charting a path to professional success starts early. In collaboration with K-12 partners statewide, WMUx’s Early College Programs encourages eligible high school students to pursue dual enrollment opportunities by attending university-level courses, enabling them to earn credits towards high school graduation requirements in addition to WMU’s academic programs.

    Find your path

  • Professional Development

    WMU Professional Development provides noncredit learning opportunities that foster critical thinking and stimulate creative solutions. Our competency-based programs offer our clients real-world projects and activities that are relevant, practical and challenging.

    Find your opportunity

News and Events


  • High school students tour the AMP Lab at WMU-Grand Rapids

    High school students can explore manufacturing and design careers through new WMU, GRPS partnership

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) have joined forces in a two-year dual-enrollment partnership to support high school students interested in entering the integrated design and manufacturing fields. Through this partnership, GRPS students can complete a WMU undergraduate certificate at no out-of-pocket cost.

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  • Evaluating Alternative Options to Realize Their Mission

    When your goal is to develop and nurture thought leaders, you extend your definition of "students" beyond those enrolled in your for-credit program when a need presents itself. That is precisely what the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University did when it partnered with WMUx to create a non-credit, professional development course for external professionals looking to take their evaluation skills to the next level.

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  • A WMUx Introduction Leads to Delicious Connections

    Sometimes the best learning experiences take place beyond the classroom walls. A uniquely engaging – and delicious – learning opportunity emerged for a lucky group of Global Engagement Program students when WMUx staff facilitated the collaboration of a prominent Grand Rapids businessman with the head of WMU’s Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

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