Students place in SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference

On Sunday, April 30, Wisconsin SkillsUSA held the 44th annual State Leadership and Skills Conference at the Alliant Energy Center Expo Hall and at Madison College. The conference concluded with the Skills and Leadership awards ceremony.

Twenty-eight Madison College competitors received medals in 15 different competitions. This year, 15 competitors qualified to compete at the National leadership and Skills Conference at Louisville, Kentucky, this coming June.  

The following students were elected to SkillsUSA State Office position:

  • Office of President–Katrina Willis, Advisor–Jeff Molzahn                         
  • Office of Secretary/Treasurer–Tim Myers, Advisor–Ryan Ubersox  
  • Office of Reporter–Monica Mielke, Advisor–Aaron Stroot
  • Office of Parliamentarian–Collin Dahlke, Advisor–Craig Lathrop

The results:     

Automated Manufacturing Technology (Team C)
GOLD–Paul Berthelon Lathrop, George Kattermann, Alex Kolb, Advisor–JR Colvin, Kurt Millard

Additive Manufacturing (Team A)
GOLD–Tim Myers, Amadeo Verstegen, Advisor–Ryan Ubersox

Welding Fabrication
GOLD–Jordan Scolman, Kirkland Hill, Vincent Ponti, Advisor–Jimmy DeGidio
SILVER–Mathias Boehm, Greg Passch, Jill Ripp, Advisor–Al Weishoff

GOLD–Kirsten Adler, Advisor–Melissa Brainerd
SILVER–Jami Guimond
BRONZE–Ashley Young

Advertising Design        
GOLD–Alexandra Christensen, Advisor–Jeff Molzahn

Diesel Equipment Technology
GOLD–Ethan Stewart, Advisor–Aron Kershaw

Technical Drafting
GOLD–Josiah Thompson, Advisor–Ryan Ubersox
SILVER–Brandon Pedracine

Job Skills Demonstration "A"                                                                                        
GOLD–Monica Mielke, Advisor–Aaron Stroot
SILVER–Luke Wickus, Advisor–Craig Lathrop

State Pin Design
GOLD–Kelsey Bredlow, Advisor–Melissa Brainerd
SILVER–Devin Haag, Advisor–Craig Lathrop

Job Interview
GOLD–Katrina Willis, Advisor–Jeff Molzahn
SILVER–Josiah Thompson, Advisor–Ryan Ubersox
BRONZE–Nikki Custer, Advisor–Craig Lathrop

Extemporaneous Speech
BRONZE–Ben Corda, Advisor–Craig Lathrop

Job Skills Demonstration Open
BRONZE–Amadeo Verstegen, Advisor–Ryan Ubersox

Prepared Speech
BRONZE–Tim Myers, Advisor–Ryan Ubersox

BRONZE–Danielle King, Advisor–Jeff Molzahn

Automotive Refinishing Technology
SILVER–Austin Juve, Advisor–Aaron Stroot

Published May 1, 2017.

School of Academic Advancement receives team award

The Center for Operational Excellence (COE) presented the School of Academic Advancement (SAA) with a team award for their commitment to process excellence during their Ecosystem session on Thursday, April 27. This is the first time COE has recognized a team.

The SAA Learning Centers at Madison College provide a variety of instructional support services for the college's high school completion program students. These students are at many different academic levels with varying academic needs.

The SAA team has created a culture within their entire team that enthusiastically embraces continuous improvement. 

Published April 28, 2017.

Interior Design students earn statewide design recognition

Two of the college’s Interior Design students were honored at the annual Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence Awards, held on March 23, at Turner Hall in Milwaukee.

Stephanie Lang and Stephanie Songster took home awards in the Student Design, Contract Project category, winning silver and gold awards respectively – two of the three awards given in the category. 

Students submitted projects completed as part of the Commercial Design course in the associate degree program. The course project was to design a 7,000-square-foot marketing/advertising office for a mock client. Students worked through the project during the fall semester, from conceptual design through implementation, including furniture selections and specification drawings.

Projects were judged by ASID Wisconsin professional members, and the names and colleges of the entrants were kept confidential. Projects were judged on specific criteria, such as design harmony and space utilization, and awarded points.

To see these award-winning projects and more, the public is invited to attend the Madison College Interior Design Portfolio Show on Thursday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Truax Campus.

Published April 28, 2017.

Program director to speak at international conference

Janet Sperstad, Meetings and Event Management program director, has been chosen to be the keynote speaker at the IMEX International Conference on Wednesday, May 17, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Sperstad is currently writing a white paper on a topic called “Purposeful Meetings” which will be released in early fall of 2017. She will discuss topics related to neuroscience and human behavioral research about how the brain and body works, its social drivers and how to optimize the meeting experience to produce more moments of meaning, creativity, learning and connectivity.

Published April 24, 2017.

Student places first in writing contest, receives scholarship

The School of Business and Applied Arts has announced the accomplishment of second-year Accounting student Jing Xu. She received first place for her essay in the 2016-2017 Madison Institute of Internal Auditors Student Writing Contest. 

Xu received a $1,000 scholarship for her efforts. Click here for details on this contest. 

Published April 21, 2017.

Students, faculty and alumni receive athletic awards

On Wednesday, April 19, the Madison College Athletics department held the 52nd Annual Athletic Awards Banquet at the Truax campus. The event honored current and former student-athletes and coaches for their athletic and academic achievements.

The special awards presented at this year's banquet are:

Madison College Sportspeople of the Year

Doug Redsten Service Award

Williams Family Dedication and Service Award

  • Mike Adler, Madison College Athletics bus driver 

2017 Madison College Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

Academic Honors

Madison College student-athletes achieved success in the classroom last fall as over 52 percent of current student-athletes received academic honors this season. Academic honorees are listed on the website.

Published April 21, 2017.

Instructor to be keynote speaker at National Conference

Michael Ford, Architectural Technology instructor, has been chosen to deliver a keynote speech at The American Institute of Architects National Conference in Orlando due to his academic and professional contributions to the Architectural profession.

"Anticipate Change: What’s Next in Architecture" will highlight technological innovations in both academia and the profession. His discussion will conclude with new cultural innovations and vernacular explorations championed by underrepresented communities with the hope to diversify the profession. 

Ford will be highlighting subjects related to Madison College, including the Scholars of Promise program, the STEM Center and more. He will be meeting with a number of academic institutions and individuals, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, who will be the opening keynote at the conference.

Ford is creating a National STEM Resources website, which will list resources such as student work samples, lectures, articles and interviews for under-served communities looking to participate in STEM-related careers. The list will be organized by the state and distributed by a variety of social media managers, bloggers and media outlets soon after and/or during the keynote. 

Published April 21, 2017.

Participants complete Process Improvement Applied Training Series

Thirteen participants recently completed the Process Improvement Applied Training Series offered by the Center for Operational Excellence (COE):

  • Ann Camillo
  • Antonio Re
  • Areli Estrada Rodriguez
  • Danika Woods
  • Enoch Melgarejo
  • Jennifer Zarrinnam
  • Jill List
  • Jill Spilde
  • Kim Brudny
  • Linda Aroonsavath
  • Randy Way
  • Susan Weber
  • Vicki Weber

The participants received an introduction to process improvement concepts, Lean tools, and the Plan-Do-Check-Act framework. They applied the concepts and techniques to a process in their area during the course.

Published April 19, 2017.

TRiO program takes Capitol Hill

Each year the Council for Opportunity in Education holds a Policy Seminar on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Educational leaders from across the country gather to advocate for educational equity and opportunity in support of federally funded TRiO programs, which provide targeted services to low-income, first generation and disabled students.

Janine Wilson, TRiO Student Support Services director, applied for CETL professional development funds so that her team could attend the conference to represent the district and the community of students TRiO serves. Wilson collected more than 80 letters from current students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and community supporters outlining the positive impact TRiO has had on the Madison College community.

Wilson and Colleen Larsen, TRiO academic success coach, delivered these letters and spoke to staff in the offices of Senator Ron Johnson and Representative Mark Pocan about why increased support for TRiO programs is necessary in the Madison area. Both offices were impressed by the number of letters they received and receptive to the suggestion of advocating for the protection of TRiO funds in the current and upcoming budget.

Wilson and Larsen came together with 700 TRiO program leaders from all 50 states, and were part of a team of TRiO leaders from Wisconsin that represented all eight congressional districts. They heard from both Republican and Democrat congressmen and women on the Bi-Partisan TRiO Caucus about why they support increased funding.

The TRiO team plans to stay in touch with both Senators Johnson and Baldwin, as well as Representative Pocan, by sending additional letters of support, as well as inviting their offices to the annual TRiO day on April 20–which highlights student success in the program.

View the Policy Seminar here

Published April 14, 2017.

Medical Laboratory Technician students undefeated in Quiz Bowl

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) students placed first and second in the Quiz Bowl at the statewide American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) convention. Students from technical colleges all over the state competed. 

The two teams from Madison College, Hannah Erickson and Tina Davis, and Stacey Clark and Danielle Dischler, were left undefeated in the final round.

Published April 11, 2017. Updated April 12, 2017.