The resident workshop was originally offered to State of Wisconsin K-12 teachers and high school students. Due to the accessibility of information on the Internet, the 21st century saw the workshop roster expand to include national and international attendees.
In 2003, CIMSS decided to develop a separate workshop solely for educators focused on satellite meteorology while continuing to offer the atmospheric, earth, and space sciences workshop for students. WSGC provided grants to support both workshops for two years before deciding that it was time to for the student workshop to be more self-sustaining; in 2005 CIMSS learned that the student workshop would not be funded. Thus, it was time for a significant increase in tuition for students to attend this time honored educational tradition. In 2006, 14 students enrolled for the workshop, six from Wisconsin, seven from states ranging from Colorado to Connecticut and one from as far away as Iceland.
The CIMSS summer workshop for high school students has become a legacy in the educational community. The majority of program graduates have gone on to pursue science majors in college and several graduates have since helped with the workshop while attending the UW-Madison. With continued support from NOAA and collaborations between University departments, the workshop will continue to attract students to science careers for years to come.