Fastenal visits Madison College

The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce an upcoming employer visit from Fastenal.

Please stop by the table in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, to learn about the career opportunities.

John from Fastenal will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.

CETL hosts faculty advising trainings

Do you want to know more about faculty advising? In addition to the instructional role, an effective faculty adviser also can have a positive impact on graduation, retention and transfer rates of students. 

This is an opportunity to join the more than 60 faculty who already have successfully participated in the Faculty Advising Project at the college.

Participants will attend a series of three training workshops that provide professional insight, practical resources and timely information designed to enhance faculty advising across the college.

The next training series will be on three consecutive Wednesdays: March 25, April 1 and April 8 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. 

Participants can use this as part of their institutional and community service requirements and will be offered one WTCS Certification Credit for completing the training. 

To register for the training, go to the CETL website.

For more information, contact CETL faculty advising fellows:

Dane County Veteran Service Officer visits Madison College

The Dane County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) will be on campus on Thursday Feb. 19, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Truax Campus in room C1435 to answer any questions student veterans may have about their veteran benefits.

This is an incredible opportunity to speak with the Dane County CVSO as he is very difficult to connect with and has a wealth of valuable information for our student veterans.

This is a drop-in format and students may come at any time and stay for as long or as short as they would like.

In addition student veterans will have the chance to connect with our V.I.T.A.L. counselor and an academic adviser as well as other student veterans.

Free coffee and pastries will be provided.

Contact Kelly Knueve at (608) 616-3498 


Blackboard mentors tip: Using Blackboard for tests and quizzes

Do your students take tests or quizzes in Blackboard? If so, they will want to review the general suggestions for taking tests and quizzes in Blackboard.

Following these suggestions will help your students to have the most success when taking a Blackboard test or quiz.

A number of faculty members post these suggestions in their syllabi and/or on their Blackboard site. Another suggestion is to provide the link to the students before each test as a reminder.  

Questions about Blackboard tests, quizzes or anything else, contact the Blackboard Mentors

Madison College hosts Digital Marketing Summit

Madison College will host their first ever Digital Marketing Summit on Friday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Participants in the summit will hear from industry experts about digital branding, digital marketing trends, new digital tools and strategies for development of digital marketing.

The event will feature speakers from:

  • Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA)
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Shoutlet
  • Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
  • American Family Insurance
  • and more

To register or for more information on speakers, sponsors and workshops, see the Digital Marketing Summit webpage.

For more detailed information about the event, download the “Digital Marketing Summit” app developed by Madison College Marketing student Harold Dettinger. 

Performing Arts presents Romeo and Juliet

Madison College Performing Arts presents Romeo and Juliet from March 6 to March 15. 

Romeo and Juliet is produced by Madison College Performing Arts and performed in the Mitby Theater, directed by Miranda Hawk, performing arts faculty with language coaching by James Ridge, American Players Theater.

The Plot:

We meet the “star crossed lovers” in typical adolescent normalcy; Romeo is desperately tormented by unrequited love and Juliet is frustrated by the impossible expectations of her parents. Yet these typical young adults are thrown into an atypical trajectory as a romantic infatuation becomes a desperate love affair, and a desperate love affair becomes a death sentence.

The characters of Romeo and Juliet are played by local, experienced actors who are themselves, 14 years old. This production reveals the authentic experiences of young adults trying find themselves and their way in the world, but their world is tainted with the blood of ancient grudges. 

Romeo and Juliet show times:

  • Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.  
  • Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. 

Tickets: $10 to $15 (students enter free with OneCard)

Valentine Pop-up sale Wednesday and Thursday this week

Valentine cards and Valentine-themed posters designed and printed by students at the Center for Printing Arts (CFPA) in Room E1860 at Madison College will be for sale this week.

Look for the sale in the hallway near the bookstore at Truax campus on Wednesday, Feb. 11, and Thursday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be more than 15 different Valentine card designs to choose from, Valentine prints and on Thursday, an opportunity to letterpress print your very own Valentine.

Proceeds of the sales will go to support students and help cover printing materials costs.

The CFPA offers quality printmaking courses featuring letterpress and screen printing as well as incorporating offset printing that are open to Graphic Design and Illustration program students and all members of the community.

Courses are available at both beginner and advanced levels and require no prerequisites. There are daytime and evening sections.

Just a note about purchases – CFPA are only able to take credit cards.






AMST student receives $2,500 scholarship

Mark Emond Jr, a student in the Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology (AMST) program was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs (NBT) Foundation.

The NBT is the charitable arm of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.

Through its manufacturing summer camps and scholarships, NBT is inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, inventors and entrepreneurs.

The NBT scholarship program has a strong focus on affordable education options, providing scholarships to assist students who will attend community and technical colleges as well as trade schools to prepare for hands-on careers in manufacturing. 

The AMST program prepares students to be valuable contributors to high-tech manufacturing companies utilizing industrial robotics and automation systems.

Congratulations, Mark! Well deserved!


CETL offers Microsoft trainings

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is offering a wide variety of technology training for both beginning and intermediate users of Microsoft Office.

Many courses are offered online. 

Technology training for Microsoft Office users: 

Creating Accessible Emails Using Outlook 2010 — Online
Tuesday, Feb. 10
Estimated time to complete: 90 minutes

Creating ADA Compliant PowerPoint 2010 Presentations — Face-to-face
Wednesday, Feb. 11
12 to 1 p.m., CETL Office, Truax campus 

Creating ADA Compliant PowerPoint 2011 for Mac Presentations — Face-to-face
Thursday, Feb. 12
12 to 1 p.m., CETL Office, Truax campus 

To register, go to the CETL Registration page.

Visit the CETL Calendar or click on the name of a session to view descriptions.  

Contact Alan Natachu at (608)246-6050.

CETL Lunch and Learn: from good to great: moving a well-constructed Madison College online course to the next level

Join June Sarbacker and Amy Whitcomb as they walk through their Quality Matters learning journey on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 12 to 1 p.m. in Room C2451. 

Walk away with new ideas, considerations for your own course and an opportunity to connect with other colleagues on Quality Matters and online courses.

Light snacks will be provided.