Dr. Maurice Sheppard appointed to city board

Dr. Maurice Sheppard has been appointed to the Transportation Policy and Planning Board for a three-year term by Mayor Paul Soglin. This appointment is a declaration of arts and sciences faculty supporting the local government and the Madison College community. Dr. Sheppard will have opportunities to review transportation policies that will have a real impact on multiple Madison College campuses.  

The purpose of the board is to consider and address transportation policy and planning issues pertaining to each element of the city's transportation system, including bicycles; bus, freight and automobile traffic; parking; pedestrians; street, curb and right-of-way use; transit; and other transportation elements as may be identified by the Common Council by ordinance or resolution.



Published August 22, 2018.

College library gets a shout-out in national blog

The Madison College Library got a shout-out in the American Libraries Association programming blog for a photo caption contest it sponsored in celebration of National Library Week.

The contest featured archive photos of the original campus library in the 1960s and 1970s. Students were encouraged to create clever captions which were added to the photos in speech and thought bubbles. The library received 114 entries in the contest, which was led by the library's internal outreach/marketing team. Librarian Autumn Hall-Tun submitted the project.

The American Libraries Association blog showcases outstanding programs and events put on by libraries from around the world.


Published August 6, 2018.

Career pathways liaison coauthored professional article

Annette Kornell, coauthored an article in the Coalition on Adult Basic Education professional journal special edition featuring career pathways. The article appeared in the Practitioner Perspective section of the journal, starting on page 67 and is titled "Career Pathways Collaboration in Wisconsin." It discussed the collaboration between Wisconsin technical colleges and Workforce Development partners to integrate Career Pathways by establishing short-term, stackable, industry-validated credentials that address skill shortages.

Published July 20, 2018.

SkillsUSA students compete at national conference

Twelve Madison College students and six advisers traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 25-30.

They earned the right to compete when they earned first place at the Wisconsin SkillsUSA Championships this spring. More than 6,600 students entered over 100 occupational, leadership and skilled events.

Christopher Otten was fourth in Cabinetmaking. He was coached by Jeff Molzahn. Keenan White also earned fourth place for Diesel Equipment Technology with Jason Herheim as his adviser.

In the Additive Manufacturing event, Madison College’s Josiah Thompson and Steve Yang earned seventh place. Ryan Ubersox was their adviser. Katrina Willis earned seventh in the Job Interview event with Molzahn as her adviser.

Tim Myers earned ninth place in prepared speech and was elected to serve as one of five college/postsecondary national officers. He will represent the thousands of postsecondary students from around the United States working with SkillsUSA national staff in driving the organization into the future. Myers’ adviser was Ubersox.

Jeffery Keonmounpane also earned ninth place in the Barbering demonstration contest. Melissa Brainerd was his adviser.

Alexandra Christensen, who earned a gold medal last year, was 11th in the Advertising Design competition. Molzahn also helped her prepare for the event.

Monica Mielke, earned 13th place in the Pin Design contest. Aaron Stroot was her adviser.

Other Madison College competitors included: Rebecka Ewelt, Cosmetology; Alfonso Valadez, Automotive Refinishing; and Luke Wickus, Job Skill Demonstration.

Tom Wozniak, Madison College instructor and SkillsUSA Collegiate Post-secondary state director, said: “I am so honored to be a part of a great organization and work with a group of dedicated advisers who bring out the best in our students. Although this year, Madison College students did not medal, all are champions.”

Published July 9, 2018.

WolfPack athletes will take their skills to the next level

Another group of standout Madison College student-athletes are taking their skills to the next level after 23 (and counting) signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic endeavors at a four-year institution. The commitments represent seven WolfPack programs, and include schools that compete in NCAA Division I (8), NCAA Division I (1), NCAA Division III (10), and NAIA (4).

Published June 29, 2018.

Heeren named WBCA Coach of the Year

Following another successful season, Madison College women's basketball coach Lois Heeren has been named the 2018 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Junior College-Women Coach of the Year. Heeren is one of 19 coaches being honored throughout the state and all levels of men's and women's basketball.

Published June 1, 2018.

Quechol named Woman of Distinction

Alondra Quechol, a recent graduate from Madison College, was awarded the Woman of Distinction Award at Madison YWCA's Moxie Conference May 31.

This honor is presented to women who represent outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor and whose achievements are supportive of YWCA’s mission. Awards are presented to women who represent a diversity of race, age, occupation, and endeavor.

Quechol was selected because she made a significant difference in the culture during high school in Middleton, through mentoring students, organizing talk-back sessions with students and teachers, and being a leader in increasing student voice by creating the Student Voice Union.

She has continued her leadership by co-organizing the Defend DACA rally in September of 2017, as an intern at United Way, as a member of the Latino Equity Collaborative and UW Dreamers, student leader of Dia Sin Latinos, co-facilitator of [Re]Generación, and group leader and panelist at the Latino Youth Summit.



Published June 1, 2018.

Seven players, head coach win postseason awards

The Madison College baseball team is taking numerous postseason accolades with them when they head to Enid, Oklahoma, for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.

Seven different players received some form of recognition for their season-long efforts, as did head coach Mike Davenport. Sophomore Logan Michaels and freshman Nick Gile were the only two players to be named to both the All-North Central Community College Conference Team and the Region IV Division II All-Region Team. Freshman Cam Cratic and sophomore Jon-Anthony Caban were first and second team all-conference, respectively. The all-region team also featured sophomore Jack Eagan on the first team and freshmen Nathan Aide and Matt Hamilton as second team recipients. Mike Davenport was named Region IV Coach of the Year for the seventh time in nine years

Published May 25, 2018.

Christen awarded international scholarship

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Lauren Christen from Madison College is one of 1,230 American undergraduate students from 269 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the summer of 2018.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas. The Gilman Scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 25,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.

The late Congressman Gilman, for whom the scholarship is named, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).


Published May 25, 2018. Updated May 30, 2018.

Vang Thao to receive Business Recognition Award

The Hmong Chamber of Commerce and Madison College will present a Business Recognition Award to Vang Thao, CEO of Eternity Homecare and AmeriTax, for his accomplishments and contribution to the community Tuesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. in Room D1630 at the Truax Campus. The event will include hor d'oeuvres, a networking session, words from the representatives of Madison College and the Hmong Chamber of Commerce.


Published May 21, 2018.