Results of Robotics Competition revealed

Saturday, May 11, the Electronics Department hosted the 12th Annual Wisconsin Technical College System Robotics Competition, which featured seven teams from three campuses. The department congratulates each team and applauds the Robotics Club for a third place win along with the Engineering Project Principles class (605-116) for their first place win. The competition tasked students with creating a robot to compete in four missions, which included: 

  • An autonomous race with a speed bump
  • An autonomous “Candle Run”
  • An autonomous “Robo-Buckets”
  • A driver-controlled slalom event

Published May 15, 2019.

Wisconsin Tech Connect gets an update

Wisconsin TechConnect, the online tool used by all 16 of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges to connect employer job/internship opportunities to students seeking employment, is getting an update. The Wisconsin TechConnect Consortium has partnered with Ruffalo Noel Levitz to transition the job-listing platform to their Purple Briefcase experience. This new and improved version of Wisconsin TechConnect will feature the following:

  • Single-sign on for students from their Madison College account — no more separate usernames and passwords.
  • Targeted job listings within district or statewide employment searches.
  • New modern platform and search capabilities.
  • On-campus work study/student help job opportunity postings.

The new system should be live in June. More details/training will follow soon. In the meantime, please direct any questions, to Rochelle Wanner, lead advisor for Employer Relations in Career and Employment Services, at or 608.243.4273.

Wanner thanked the Madison College Wisconsin TechConnect Implementation Team: Nina Catterall, Marty Crabbs, Lucas de Santana Gavioli, Patty Geske, Penny Johnson, Shana Kuehn, David LeClair, Gretchen Rixie, IT Services, Marketing and many others who are helping to successfully launch this project.

Published May 15, 2019.

CourseArc succeeds Soft Chalk

Madison College and its instructors have always been at the forefront of adopting new instructional technologies to support learner success, and a modern, responsive content design tool has been selected as Soft Chalk’s successor. 

Madison College’s contract with Soft Chalk with conclude on June 30. CourseArc has been chosen as its successor. CourseArc is a modern, user-friendly web-based authoring tool that allows easy creation of engaging, interactive, accessible and responsive online courses and course content. Instructors love CourseArc’s templated design blocks and built-in quality assurance features, which allow control of their course content and ensure instructional design best practices. CourseArc content seamlessly integrates with Blackboard Learn.

As part of this transition, Course Arc will be providing a migration utility to transfer any current Soft Chalk user content into their format. In the interim, Soft Chalk users can always download a complete SCORM package of any of their Soft Chalk presentations. Users can utilize the conversion feature when it becomes available, so as to preserve the ability to edit their content, as well as bring it into a modern, responsive and eloquent design.

What comes next?

  • As mentioned, Soft Chalk will be sunset June 30.
  • Currently, instructors may back-up, package and download their Soft Chalk content, prior to the sunset of Soft Chalk.
  • Later this summer, instructors will be given access to a conversion tool that will convert Soft Chalk content into the CourseArc format.
  • Training workshops and asynchronous sessions will be offered by CETL and the vendor—watch for those announcements.

How should I prepare? 

  • Check out the CourseArc sample courses to juice your inspiration! (If you did not use Soft Chalk, why not check out this new, innovative tool.)
  • Currently, any Soft Chalk user can download a SCORM package of their course content (see p. 123 “Package a Lesson and Open a Packaged Lesson” to back-up and/or import a packaged Soft Chalk lesson into Blackboard, or see attached instruction sheet.) While this package will still work in Blackboard, editing access will end on July 1st. Consider downloading a back-up copy of your Soft Chalk lessons, and also begin consider ways in which your converted content might take advantage of Course Arc’s innovative features.
  • If you would like to export a Soft Chalk Lesson and import the SCORM file into a Blackboard master shell (or any Blackboard course), please see the attached guide: Package and Upload a SCORM Lesson into Blackboard
  • Watch for upcoming training and access to the conversion utility.
  • Watch for an upcoming announcement as to when CourseArc will be available to all instructors!
  • Contact CETL with any questions!

Published May 15, 2019.

Holiday hours announced

All Madison College campuses and district buildings are closed Saturday, May 25–Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Campuses re-open Tuesday, May 28.

Published May 15, 2019.

Student Services summer hours announced

The summer hours for Student Services takes effect Monday, May 20– Friday, Aug. 2. Most student Service offices are closing daily at 4:30 p.m. for the summer. Refer to the Department Directory to verify hours by individual department.

Published May 15, 2019.

Make a case for the Buckys new homes

Madison College faculty, staff and students played a big role in the Bucky on Parade initiative last year. Nine programs collaborated to get the 85 Bucky statues ready for the parade. Two statues, decorated by instructors Emmalee Pearson and Jeff DeWitt, will remain with the college.

Now it’s time to show them off and have some fun.

Think Bucky would look great in your department or program area? Let us know why. Employees are asked to meet all criteria when completing submissions. Please make a case for the Buckys' new homes. All submissions should be sent to Please include the following information:

  • Where would you place Bucky? (it must be inside our college buildings)
  • Why should your department or program have Bucky on display?
  • How would you connect Bucky to your department or program and tie him to your recruiting efforts?
  • What benefits would this offer the college?
  • How would you ensure Bucky’s safety (i.e. vandalism or theft)?

Visibility and access will be a primary consideration. Placement is not permanent.

Submit your suggestions by end-of-day May 24.

Published May 15, 2019.

Food Services summer hours announced

Food Services has announced their summer hours of operation, which are effective Monday, May 20-Friday, August 30. The hours for each food outlet are listed below:

  • Catering Services are available all summer
  • The Atrium Café’s hours are 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. The sandwich and entree stations will be closed for the summer.
  • The Atrium Coffee Shop’s hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • The Health Education Building Café’s hours are 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. The full Starbucks menu and Grab n' Go items are available. It is closed Thursdays and Fridays.

Published May 15, 2019.

Mechanical Design Technology students exhibit creations

The Mechanical Design Technology second year program students are displaying their Team Design Projects in the Gateway, Wednesday, May 15, 8 a.m.-noon. This year's projects include a custom go-kart, an adaptive needs umbrella for a wheel chair, a sound and light system for a long board along with a custom vision system for a CNC machining center. Students will be on-hand to demonstrate and explain their project designs.


Published May 13, 2019.

Redsten Golf Classic coming up May 22 at The Oaks

The 24th annual Redsten Golf Classic will be held Wednesday, May 22, at The Oaks Golf Course. The Redsten Golf Classic honors the memory of Doug Redsten, who devoted 30 years to students and alumni as a teacher, coach and administrator. Proceeds from the event help fund student scholarships and program enhancements. Register for the tournament on Eventbrite.


Published May 13, 2019.

Check out the latest construction updates

Madison College is continually investing in our facilities to allow us to better serve our mission, vision and values. Projects range from small updates to existing spaces to large-scale maintenance to new construction. Each project includes an overview, current status, and estimated completion date.

Contact Fred Brechlin with any questions.

2018 Projects:

Project Name: D18026: Truax – New Photovoltaic System

Overview: Pursuant to an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MG&E has granted $500,000 to a new solar Photovoltaic (PV) project at the Truax Campus. The MG&E grant funds combined with a Madison College contribution of $2,587,500 will fund a new 1.868MW rooftop PV system. The system includes 5,750 panels and will be the largest roof-mounted system in Wisconsin.

Timeline: Construction will be complete June 2019.

Project Name: D18016: Truax Campus Fire Alarm Replacement Project 2018/19

Overview: This project will expand the new fire alarm systems from the culinary addition to the remaining main campus, all floors, B, D, E wings, and large animal barn. Original fire alarm equipment will be removed after new systems are in place and operational summer 2019.

Timeline: Construction will begin September 2018 and be complete August 2019.

Project Name: D18046: Regional Campus Fire Alarm Replacement Projects 2018/19

Overview: This project will provide new fire alarm systems at Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown. Original fire alarm equipment will be removed after new systems are in place and operational summer 2019.

Timeline: Construction has started at Portage and Reedsburg. Fort Atkinson and Watertown will begin over winter break. All four regionals will be complete August 2019.

2019 Projects:


Project Name: Summer 2019 Refresh Projects

Overview: Replace flooring, ceiling tiles and lights in main corridors at Truax, Commercial Avenue A & B and Watertown. Work includes paint at all locations.

Timeline: Work will begin on May 20 and be complete on June 28.

Project Name: Portage Campus – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement/Office Addition

Overview: A small addition at the main entry plaza will provide a new ADA compliant entrance and space to expand the adjacent main office area to improve customer service.

Timeline: Construction will begin spring 2019 and be complete prior to Fall 2019 semester.

Project Name: Truax Bookstore/Duplicating Remodel

Overview: Accommodate additional programming from the Downtown Education Center (DTEC), provide necessary space for the college’s textbook rental program, and relocate the college duplication center from the second floor to space within the bookstore and adjacent to the loading dock.

Timeline: Construction will begin March 2019 with textbook rental complete by Thursday, May 30, electronics lab complete by Thursday, Aug. 15, and duplication complete in November 2019. 

Project Name: Truax Academic Advancement (AA) Offices

Overview: Reconfigure existing space adjacent to the A&S Office for AA staff relocating from DTEC to Truax.

Timeline: Construction will begin March 2019 and be complete prior to June 1, 2019.

Project Name: Renovate Truax Athletics Locker/Shower Rooms

Overview: The locker/shower rooms adjacent to the gymnasium, pool, and fitness center will be reconfigured and upgraded to better service students and meet current ADA standards.

Timeline: Project in design. Completion date to be determined.

Project Name: Foundation Center-Consolidate Finance Department

Overview: Merge Finance, Payroll, and Purchasing Departments into a single connected area on the first floor of the Foundation Center.

Timeline: Construction will begin May 15, 2019 and be complete September 1, 2019. 

Project Name: Truax-Convert Tennis Courts to Student Parking 

Overview: Reconstruct tennis court area into student parking with lights, landscaping, drainage and sidewalk along Wright St. the project may include rebuilding Straubel Street to the Robin Roberts baseball field.

Timeline: Construction will begin in summer 2019 and be complete prior to the fall semester.

Please visit the college SharePoint site for more information including PDFs and updates.


Published May 12, 2019. Updated May 13, 2019.