Women's Soccer Team climbs the ranks

The Madison College Women's Soccer Team needed a win or tie to get a share of a third straight North Central Community College Conference championship. The team earned the win Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Still scoreless at the end of regulation with the College of DuPage, the WolfPack scored their second golden goal win of the season. The goal came from freshman Mackenzie Bielicki.

The WolfPack jumped to spot number eight in the NJCAA Division III Poll. The team has now won conference titles for half of the program’s existence. Madison College becomes the first school to three-peat in the N4C since 2011.

Published October 11, 2019.

Golf Team finishes season strong

The Madison College Golf Team finished the fall season by completing the three-day Region IV Division III Tournament. The competition was held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the PrairieView Golf Club. The defending champion WolfPack finished second behind Region IV champion, College of DuPage. Freshman AJ Gray and Matt Hach each earned all-region honors.

Published October 9, 2019.

Cybersecurity program earns national honor

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. National Security Agency have designated Madison College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Only two Wisconsin two-year colleges earned the designation. The list of 272 Centers across the country includes the U.S Naval Academy, The Citadel, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Designated two-year, four-year and graduate level institutions must meet stringent criteria. Madison College’s Cybersecurity Specialist associate degree program prepares graduates to address the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills.

“Information Technology Instructors Mike Masino and Mike Belton ensure that the college’s cybersecurity program is relevant, current and responds to the ever-evolving needs of district employers,” said Denise Reimer, executive dean of the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology.

Published October 9, 2019.

Women's soccer team goalkeeper earns record-setting victory

Goalkeeper Kelly Kubicek earned a record-setting victory as she and the Madison College women's soccer team defeated Triton College by a 5-0 final Saturday, Sept. 28, at Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Pitch-East. The sophomore became the program's all-time leader in shutouts with 13 in helping the WolfPack, then the tenth-ranked team in the NJCAA Division III Poll, to a third straight win. The 'Pack, who have not lost in six consecutive matches, swept the regular season series with the Trojans and are now 10-1-2 in the all-time series. Madison College also defeated Triton College by a 5-0 final on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Published October 4, 2019.

Great energy savings with Truax solar system

In January of 2019, Madison College commissioned the largest rooftop solar system in the State of Wisconsin. Students in the renewable energy program are able to work with this 1.85 Megawatt system to learn about the most recent advances in solar technology.

This system supplies 25% of the electricity needed for the Truax main building annually. View the Solar System Performance Display to see the power produced by the system and energy savings for the school.

Published September 9, 2019.

WorldSkills candidate completes enriching experience

After over a year of preparation for WorldSkills, the U.S. sent a team of 22 competitors to Kazan, Russia this August to compete in their respective trades. Ethan Harrison, from Blackfoot, Idaho, represented Team USA in Cabinetmaking. To prepare for the event, Harrison spent nine months at the college under the tutelage of his advisor Jeff Molzahn.

Harrison’s curiosity and discipline were a good match for the self-directed curriculum. He was able to work with minimal supervision and quickly mastered the competencies. Within weeks he was programming and running our CNC router. After completing his machine certifications, Harrison built several projects and refined his skills while increasing his knowledge of wood and wood products. He even left with his Green level credential through the Woodwork Career Alliance.

In Kazan, Harrison faced competitors from over 30 countries. The competition was intense and while he did not end up on the podium, he takes with him many valuable lessons. In addition, he assembled a network of friends from all over the globe.

Harrison will travel to Lima, Peru to complete a 2-year missionary assignment. His long term goal is to continue to pursue a career in the wood industry by studying Architectural Manufacturing Management, with the ultimate dream of owning his own business someday.

Published September 6, 2019.

Instructors help international WorldSkills competitor succeed

Ryan Meppelink earned a bronze medal at the International WorldSkills Competition, recently held in Kazan, Russia. Meppelinik succeeded in the Heavy Vehicle Technology category thanks to Tom Wozniak and other Diesel Technology program instructors who prepared the bronze medalist. Meppelink is the first United States contestant to earn a medal in this category. In pouring rain, draped in the American flag, Meppelink stood on stage with competitors from Brazil (Gold) and Canada (Silver) in front of tens of thousands of spectators, including Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, to receive the medal.  


Published September 4, 2019. Updated September 6, 2019.

Animation Instructor invited to Dragon Con

Animation Instructor Ed Binkley was invited to return to Dragon Con 2019 as a guest artist this week in Atlanta, Ga. Binkley was a juror and judge for Dragon Con 2018, and this year will give several presentations and serve on a discussion panel titled "Being an Artist for Star Wars." Dragon Con typically anticipates around 80,000 attendees.

Published August 28, 2019.

WolfPack coach earns Assistant Coach of the Year award

Madison College assistant baseball coach Trevor Burmeister was recently named the 2019 NJCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Baseball America. The WolfPack assistant coach and recruiting coordinator earns the honor after his third season with the program. Burmeister will be recognized at the ABCA Convention in January 2020.

Published August 16, 2019.

Interior design instructor awarded

Interior design instructor Jessica Feggestad was inducted into the American Society of Interior Designer’s (ASID) College of Fellows on July 20 in a ceremony in Atlanta, Ga.  Election to the ASID College of Fellows is the Society’s highest honor and is bestowed on less than 1% of the ASID membership. Fellowship is awarded to professional members who have made notable and outstanding contributions to the profession, not only through their work, but through their demonstrated commitment to ASID and to the interior design industry. 

For the 2019-2020 academic year, Feggestad will be serving as a teaching and learning consultant in Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning working to enhance support and professional development offerings for faculty. 

Published August 16, 2019.