Ag Tech students place best in nation

The Agricultural Equipment Technology program students competed in the National PAS AMSTA (Postsecondary Agriculture Student Ag Machinery Service Technician Area) March 14-17, in Louisville, Ky.

A total of 16 teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Washington and New York competed at the event.

The following Madison College teams earned honors:

·       Josh Siemers and Kyle Jenks, first place

·       Tim Wohlk and Darrin Helt, sixth place

·       Gavin Schuh and Brad Pirtle, tenth place

The competition consisted of 10 stations with different John Deere machinery that had various types of problems installed into them for teams to diagnose.

Published March 28, 2018.

Instructor leads Madison East to ProStart win

School for Professional and Continuing Education baking instructor, Michelle Madden, coached East Madison High School students to earn first place at the Wisconsin ProStart Student Invitational Culinary Competition held in Milwaukee March 13. The team beat 20 other high schools and will proceed to the National Invitational in Rhode Island in April. 

Published March 23, 2018.

PTK student earns national scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa member Catherine Larsen has been named a 2018 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship.

Selection was based on the score earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition, for which more than 2,000 applications were received this year. Nominations were evaluated on academic achievement, leadership, service and significant endeavors.

This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Larsen will be recognized at the Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast held during the American Association of Community College’s Annual Convention on Monday, April 30, in Dallas, Texas.

Published March 19, 2018. Updated March 20, 2018.

Clarion receives seven awards

Students on the staff of The Clarion, Madison College's student newspaper, won seven awards at the Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest Newspaper Convention on Feb. 18 in Minneapolis.
The newspaper won first-place Best of Show in the two-year college newspaper category, and first-place Best of Show for websites.
The collaborative efforts of two groups of students earned recognition in the multimedia category of the Best of Show competition.
Jessica Deegan, Jessica Pokrandt and Max Goldberg won first place in the multimedia competition for an online package about the college's welding program. Deegan wrote the news article, Goldberg shot the video and added still photographs, and Pokrandt edited and produced the video.
A team including Andrew Kicmol, Sean Bull and Alexandra Christensen took second place in the multimedia competition for their work on an online story about the college's concussion protocol. Kicmol wrote the article, Bull shot and produced the video and Christensen created an info-graphic.
Stephen Fabal is the newspaper's web editor and helped create both packages on the newspaper's website.
Kicmol and Christensen also earned first-place recognition in two other categories. Kicmol won first place in sports reporting, while Christensen received first-place in page design. Goldberg earned another award as well, placing fifth in news photography.
The Clarion is published every other Wednesday throughout the school year and is available online at

Published March 7, 2018.

Graphic Design students earn ADDY awards

Several Madison College students received awards at the American Advertising Federation-Madison Awards (ADDY) that was held Feb. 24, at the Union South-Varsity Hall in Madison.

Laura Gang won numerous ADDY awards for a student entry: Altoids Curiously Strong

See Dollard won a gold ADDY for a student entry: Taste of Madison

Brianna Taylor won a gold ADDY in the professional category for their entry: Discover Wisconsin Fall Merchandise

Local entrants compete to win recognition as the best in their markets. Then those local winners go on to compete in one of 15 district competitions against the winning entries from the other local clubs in their district. District winners are then forwarded to the national competition of the American Advertising Awards. 


Published February 28, 2018. Updated March 5, 2018.

Wisconsin Agricultural Machinery Service Technician Contest Results

Madison College students earned top honors in the 2018 Wisconsin Postsecondary Agriculture Student contest held Feb. 11 at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore. 

Fourteen teams from around the state participated in the event. Madison College teams took four of the top six spots in the Agricultural Machinery Service Technician competition. Kyle Jenks and Josh Siemers earned first place, Tim Wohlk and Darrin Helt, second place, Gavin Schuh and Brad Pirtle, fifth place, and Amber Topel and Levi Kotek, sixth place.

The first place individual tie breaker was determined by the written test score. Siemers just edged Jenks out for the top individual spot. Helt placed third among individual competitors.

The Wisconsin Postsecondary Agriculture Student AMSTA Contest is open to all technical colleges in the state of Wisconsin. Students are judged on various agricultural equipment stations, including tractors and implements, along with results of a written exam.  

The top six teams in the state have the opportunity to compete in the National Postsecondary Agriculture Student Contest to be held March 13-16, in Louisville, Ky. 

Published February 19, 2018. Updated February 26, 2018.

Hospitality Management director receives NISOD 2018 Excellence Award

Lynea Lavoy, Hospitality Management program director at Madison College, is being recognized with the 2018 NISOD Excellence Award for her contributions to student success and advancement of the college's mission. She is an engaging instructor who consistently receives positive feedback from students, and has created strong partnerships with external organizations.

In addition to teaching and networking, Lynea serves on multiple professional organizations and advisory boards. As the recipient of this award, Lynea will be sponsored to attend the NISOD national conference in Austin, Texas, May 26-29. 

Published February 7, 2018.

Vet Tech instructor co-authors book

Full-time faculty member Sabrina Freter (Veterinary Technician program) is featured on the cover of “Essential Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians” and is a contributing author for two chapters.

Freter wrote Chapters 14 and 15 which deal with:

  • Equine Procedures
  • Bovine/Small Ruminant Procedures

The book is step-by-step clinical skills guide. It will be offered with a 30-day trial online and paper copies will be available mid-February from Bluedoor Publishing


Published January 26, 2018. Updated January 29, 2018.

Wozniak named WorldTeam Technical Expert

Diesel Equipment Technology instructor Tom Wozniak has been named WorldTeam Technical Expert for the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia, Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2019. He will help a SkillsUSA national champion prepare for international competition.

The WorldSkills championship is held every two years and attracts young professionals from all over the globe for the chance to earn a prestigious medal in their chosen skill.

Wozniak serves as an advisor for Madison College’s SkillsUSA team and collegiate postsecondary state director for the organization that provides educational programs, events and competitions to support career and technical education.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this opportunity to work with and coach the candidate that will represent the United States in the Heavy Vehicle Maintenance competition,” Wozniak said. “One never knows the impact he or she leaves on a person or their industry. How the future is forever changed. This is what excites me about this industry and about being a World Skills expert.”

Published January 26, 2018.

Watertown Campus raises funds with root beer floats

The Watertown Campus hosted a Root Beer Float fundraiser on Tuesday, Dec. 12 with proceeds donated to the South Campus Match.

The Root Beer Float event was to also say farewell to the fall semester and enjoy refreshments with fellow students and staff.

With root beer donated by Sprecher’s and custard donated by Culvers, the campus served 52 floats and raised more than $86.00.


Published December 20, 2017. Updated January 5, 2018.