Leadership

A Note from the WCATY Director…

Olha Skyba

Olha Skyba

WCATY Director

For more than 26 years, the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) has been helping learners make a lifelong commitment to developing their talents. We believe deeply in the importance of cultivating individual students’ passion for learning, as well as developing communities that embrace academic challenge. WCATY works hard to create advanced academic options and broaden access to the wealth of resources, knowledge, and expertise at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

We would like to thank all of the members of our community who have participated in multiple conversations and listening sessions throughout the last two years and shared their hopes and ideas for the future of WCATY. Through those engaging conversations, new connections were made, new directions were established, and new goals were set.

It is with great excitement that we announce that WCATY has established its new home at the UW–Madison Division of Continuing Studies. We are confident that this alignment will afford us the opportunity to continue offering a suite of existing summer enrichment and accelerated courses, and expand WCATY’s connections across various UW departments and schools. Over the next few years, we will work to extend our reach to local and international students, look into developing early college credit options for high school students, and foster purposeful connections with UW–Madison Precollege and Youth Programs.

We are also very excited that the impact of WCATY’s current online programs, which are embedded in K-12 schools programming, will be strengthened by integration with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Starting in summer 2018, all online programs (Online Academy, Smart Spaces, and Project A) will be joining a newly established MPS Center for Academic Advancement, a unit focused on creating spaces where Wisconsin’s brightest minds can come together to think and challenge each other.

Whether through existing connections or new partnerships, we are positive that WCATY’s legacy will continue to grow. As we continue defining our future, we invite you to contribute your voices in creating a community that helps more students explore their academic talents and find a place to belong.


Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell

Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies

WCATY will be right at home in UW–Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies, whose innovative programs serve lifelong learners of all ages. We welcome this community of academically talented youth and dedicated educators, and we are eager to help them learn, grow, and realize their fullest potential.

Jeff Russell