Add a voice over to your PowerPoint

Easily add a voice over to any PowerPoint presentation. Learn how quickly you can begin recording using a microphone by attending these classes in person or online. 

Three face-to-face sessions are scheduled on Monday, Sept. 26 (pre-registration not required but helpful):

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 10 to 11 a.m.
  • 3 to 4 p.m

Two webinars are scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 27 (registration required):

  • 10 to 11 a.m. 
  • 3 to 4 p.m. 

Register on the CETL website for these sessions or any other technology training opportunity.

Questions? Please contact Alan Natachu at ext. 6050.



Scholars of Promise interest form available for prospective students

The Scholars of Promise program interest form is now available on the Madison College website. The interest form is the beginning of the process for high school students interested in joining the Scholars of Promise program.

The program aims to help recent high school graduates who are income-eligible to realize their dream of attending college by removing financial barriers. The application process involves a number of steps and deadlines that must be met to be eligible for the program.

Students should complete the interest form to be considered for the Scholars of Promise program.

Questions? Please contact the Scholars of Program office by email or call (608) 246-6036. For more information visit the website

Faculty advising workshops scheduled

Interested in knowing more about faculty advising or want to start advising your students? Do you care about student retention and providing important opportunities for student engagement outside of the classroom?

Workshops are designed for seasoned and novice faculty advisors to promote seamless transfer options for students, impact student retention and create important opportunities for student engagement outside of the classroom. 

Fall workshops are scheduled for Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This training is required for all part-time faculty who will provide faculty advising service for compensation for 2016-2017. All sessions are held at the Truax campus.

For more information contact Carlotta Calmese, dean, Retention Services at (608) 243-4270 or Jonathan Pollack, faculty advising fellow at (608) 246-6544.

New Blackboard Collaborate Ultra available

The new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is now available for campus use. Several sessions are avaiable that provide an overview and demonstration of the New Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Tool.

You will need speakers to hear the session, and a microphone or headset to talk with the group. (Most computers have built-in speakers and microphones.)

Features that have been improved:

  • Seamless video connection — No need for a download launcher, with Ultra you can now launch your collaborate session in the web browser. (Chrome is the preferred browser.)
  • New design — Modern design with larger video windows. Easy access to Collaborate tools.
  • Easy communication — You can forget about the technology and focus on each other.

Session Dates:

  • Thursday, Sept. 29, 9 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 21, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3 – 4 p.m.

Join a session from any computer by registering on the CETL database site. A link will be sent to you within 24 hours prior to the start of your session.

Questions? Contact CETL at (608) 246-6646.

AMST program featured in success story

The Robotics and Automation (AMST) program was featured in a success story by Waunakee-based personal CNC manufacturer Tormach, Inc. In fall of 2015, the AMST program acquired a PCNC440 machining center to use in their capstone project. 

Tormach representatives visited the College and interviewed students, faculty and administrators on multiple occasions in 2015 and 2016.

The success story was released in Tormach's newsletter, website, blog and YouTube channel, reaching over 15,000 subscribers. The story highlights how the AMST program focuses on real-world opportunities to design, build and program a fully automated robotics work-cell.

The featured students in this story are Roger Stanek and Issac Hanson.

CETL to promote Atomic Learning service

CETL is promoting a 24/7 technology training tutorial service called Atomic Learning. Each week, CETL will provide an answer to one of the most asked questions in an Atomic Learning video.

To log in, simply visit the Madison College website, click on Faculty and Staff, and follow the link to the CETL webpage to find the Atomic Learning link.

Questions that have been answered in the past:

Diane's Delicious Diner to open in October

Diane's Delicious Diner (formerly known as the Gourmet Dining Room) will open on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The dining room, located near the south entrance of Truax, will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will serve through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Dining begins at 12 p.m. and lasts approximately one and a half hours. The cost of dining is $25 (all inclusive). A la carte dining is also available for $8.50 per course.

To make a reservation, please call (608) 246-MENU or visit the website

Attend the SoftChalk Overview Lunch and Learn

The SoftChalk Overview Lunch and Learn will occur Friday, Oct. 7, from 12 to 1 p.m. at Truax Room B3230. 

Learn about the many features of SoftChalk including SoftChalk Cloud and SoftChalk Create. In this session, you will see how to create an interactive, media rich lesson stored, updated and shared on the SoftChalk Cloud and put into Blackboard for students to use. 

You may attend in-person in Truax, Room B3230 or request a link to participate from your location by contacting CETL. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Questions? Please call CETL at (608) 246-5210.

Participate in Blackboard Open Office Hours

Join in Bb Collaborate for Blackboard Open Office Hours. Learn something new or bring your questions to the session. Participate on these dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18, from 12 – 1 p.m.

No need to register, simply follow this link to join any of the sessions. Be sure to have your speakers and microphone (or headset) ready if you want to participate in the conversation.

Questions? Please contact CETL at (608) 246-5210.

Meeting and Event students partner with IRONKIDS

The Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC) and students in the Meeting and Event Management Program at Madison College developed a partnership last year to assist in onsite registration for the IRONKIDS Fun Run each year. 

The IRONKIDS Fun Run took place during the Ironman Wisconsin event on Sunday, Sept. 11, and involved a casual fun run around the Capitol Square in downtown Madison, followed by a post-race celebration in the heart of IRONMAN Village. 

The event had a record 600 kids between the ages of 3-15 years old registered. Each participant received a race bib, finisher t-shirt, medal, goodie bag and the pride of calling themselves an IRONKID. 

Senior MASC Marketing Manager Kate Dale states, “We are always pleased to work with the students in the Meeting and Event Management Program at Madison College. It has been a great experience working with them for the past two years and we are looking forward to continuing this partnership for years to come."