Sen. Tammy Baldwin to discuss student debt at Madison College Thursday

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) will visit Madison College’s Truax campus on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Board Room.

The senator will meet in a round-table discussion on student debt with President Daniels and other administrators, as well as invited students. Following the discussion, she will tour the new Health Education building.

Baldwin is promoting the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, a bill she is co-sponsoring with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts). If passed, the legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates offered to new borrowers.

The Department of Education estimates about 25 million borrowers could benefit from refinancing under this legislation, including 515,000 Wisconsinites.

In addition, she plans to announce two additional pieces of legislation that may help decrease student debt:

  • The Working Student Act, which would increase the pay working students can earn without it counting against them in accessing need-based federal financial aid, including Pell Grants and
  • The CTE Opportunity Act, extends eligibility for federal student loans to short-term career and technical education (CTE) programs.

For more information, see the senator’s press release.


CETL offers Blackboard Collaborate sessions

Interested in recording your lectures or meeting with your students online?

Blackboard Collaborate is a web collaboration tool used for conducting live online meetings and classes. Sessions also can be recorded and watched at a later date. Collaborate is now part of every Blackboard course and is available for college use. 

Blackboard offers a convenient, free web course that covers Bb Collaborate essentials. The entire course takes about three hours to finish and is broken down into sections that can be completed at each learner's individual pace.

In addition, CETL offers live, mini-sessions throughout the semester so you can practice using Blackboard Collaborate.

Session offerings:

  • Friday, Sept. 12 – 10-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 – 1-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 – 12-1 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 6 – 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15 – 8-9 a.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – 1-2 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 7 – 12-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11 – 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 20 – 9-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3 – 10-11 a.m.

Registration for these sessions is available on the CETL Registration page. Individual appointments are also available by contacting CETL.

Equipment needed for Collaborate:

  • For all computers except VDI machines, use a USB headset (e.g. Logitech H390).
  • For VDI machines, use an analog headset.
  • For video (recording or participation), use a USB webcam. 
  • You also may use an integrated microphone and/or camera on your laptop.

Ready to get started? Here are some Tips for Conducting Effective Web Conferencing Sessions.

Contact, CETL at 246-6646.

Three-Wheel Basic Rider course registration now available

Registration is now available for the Three-Wheel Basic Rider course.

The Three-Wheel Basic Rider course (3WBRC) is a basic, entry-level, learn-to-ride three-wheel motorcycle training and education course that will  provide the same fundamental skills as the Motorcycle Basic Rider course, but on three-wheel, three-track motorcycles.

The course will consist of in-class and hands-on instruction. There are nine riding exercises that will take about 10 hours, five hours of classroom instruction and a knowledge and skill test. The total instructional time is approximately 15 hours. Participants must provide their own three-wheel motorcycle.

For more information regarding the Motorcycle Safety Program at Madison College, please visit the Three-Wheel Basic Rider Course website.


Contact, the Motorcycle Safety office at (608) 246-5257.

September's Flexible Learning newsletter now available

September’s Flexible Learning newsletter focuses on how instructors can prepare students for this fall semester. The newsletter also mentions what tools instructors can use to enhance students learning.  

TRiO SSS hosts Open House

The TRiO Student Support Services Program (TRiO SSS) will host an open house during the first week of school Sept. 2-5.  

Stop by Room C1471 anytime during the week to meet staff, students and peer mentors. Learn about TRiO's mission in the classroom, services offered and how to refer students.

Refreshments will be served.

Chou Xiong, program coordinator            
Jeff Galligan, senior advisor
Janine Wilson, TRiO director

Interior design students seek clients to participate in an aging in place project

Most of us are familiar with the adage, “there’s no place like home,” This has never been more true than now for the estimated 70-plus-million baby boomers in the United States who value their independence and seek to remain in their own homes as long as possible.

This trend is often referred to as "aging in place" and whether it affects us personally or our loved ones, chances are people will need to give this topic some consideration during their lifetime. 

The interior design program students enrolled in Trends and Issues are looking for real-world clients to participate in an aging-in-place project for the fall semester of 2014. The students and instructors are looking for approximately 10 homes to be evaluated by students for aging in place concerns and considerations.

Upon evaluation of the home, students will make recommendations at various levels to the homeowner or caregiver for modifications and changes to the home to accommodate an aging-in-place care plan. 

Participants will receive a copy of the students’ report of concerns, considerations and recommendations for modifying the home.

This is open to all members of the college community; however, the students and instructors of the Interior Design program ask that the home be located in the city of Madison or within a reasonable distance. 

Those interested in participating should email interior design instructor Dustin Struckmeyer with the location of the home and any questions about the project.

Jodi Goldbeck receives Hall of Fame award

Meeting and Event Management faculty member Jodi Goldbeck received the Hall of Fame award from the Meeting Professionals Internationals – Wisconsin Chapter. The award recognizes lasting devotion of the recipientsto the profession.

Jodi will be presented the award at the 2014 MPI-WI Awards Gala on Sept. 4,  at the Oshkosh Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center. 

Construction and Remodeling program donates garden shed to DAIS

Madison College’s Construction and Remodeling program will donate a garden shed to the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) of Madison.    

The garden shed will be placed at the new location of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.    

McLaughlin receives Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship

Madison College student Andrew McLaughlin was chosen as one of four statewide recipients of the highly competitive Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarships that is awarded for two-year and apprenticeships schools. Andrew received a $2,000 scholarship for his education.

Congratulations, Andrew!



Downtown Salon promotion until Sept. 30

The Madison College Downtown Salon is now open and will have a special going on from Aug. 25 – Sept. 30. Get a free wax when you receive a thermal hairstyle.

Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:20 p.m.

The Trustyle Salon at Truax will be closed until Monday, Oct. 20.