School of Professional and Continuing Education asks for evaluation

The School of Professional and Continuing Education is committed to providing district residents with high quality, accessible and relevant professional development and enrichment education options. Please take a few minutes to fill out the 2017 Community Outreach Survey to give them perceptions on the programming currently offered, as well provide them with recommendations on future programming.

Published September 8, 2017.

Downtown Campus parking ramp will close temporarily

On Friday, Sept. 8, the Downtown Campus parking ramp will be used by the Madison Symphony Orchestra from 5-9 p.m.

Other than DTEC staff working late, all Madison College employees are being asked to find alternate parking after 5 p.m. 

As a reminder to all students and staff coming to the Downtown Campus, special event season is right around the corner. Please bookmark The City of Madison's Special Event page to best prepaire yourself when trying to park in the State Street Capitol parking garage on Carroll St. side of DTEC. There are short term meters accessible from W. Dayton St. and W. Johnson St. with some allowing two hours of occupancy.

Published September 6, 2017.

Fees for prior learning credits announced


Students often come to our college having gained some knowledge, skills and competencies that are offered through courses in our programs of study.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is an umbrella term used at Madison College to reference previous learning that students can potentially earn credit for.  

While some learning is often transcribed and transferred from other institutions and organizations, students can also earn credit for courses through the completion of a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).  












While CPL opportunities at Madison College have existed for some time, a formal comprehensive process for student intake and workflow across academic programs has not. Following the Wisconsin Technical College System’s statewide CPL Initiative to better recognize the experiences our students bring to the college, Madison College will be joining other WTCS schools in implementing student fees to help offset the institutional costs of offering CPL. This fee structure, which goes into effect the fall of 2017, is standard across all WTCS institutions. This fee is not tied to a number of course credits, but is a fee per course to cover incurred administration and evaluation costs of offering CPL to students. Madison College will offer experiential learning courses and charge students for credits gained from CPL beginning November 1.    


In order to systematize the implementation of CPL fees, Madison College will soon move towards a central intake model that incorporates the use of existing systems to track student enrollment. Students will have the ability to review the learning outcomes for courses in which they are seeking credit, and make the decision to pursue CPL by enrolling in an experiential learning course specific to the course and type of PLA that is offered.  

For more information, contact Nicole Soulier, Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator.

Published September 6, 2017.

Tech Services schedule virtual desktop upgrade

Technology Services will complete upgrades to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment Saturday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Virtual desktops access will be unavailable during this maintenance. Access to other services will remain available.

If you have a persistent Employee Virtual Desktop, please be sure no unsaved work is open as it may be lost. Tech Services recommend logging off the virtual desktop before leaving on Fridays.

According to data, no running courses use the virtual desktop environment during this period. If you believe this work will negatively impact you, a course or your students, please contact the Help Desk as soon as possible.

Published September 6, 2017.

Orientation program provides opportunities for new employees

First Fridays is a year-long orientation program for new employees that follows up on the initial employee orientation. New employees can:

  • Gather, network and build community
  • Enjoy a light meal together
  • Learn about Madison Area Technical College operations, policy and procedure
  • Discover issues facing the college and new initiatives that impact the learning success of our students
  • Ask questions and engage in dialogue about the “way things work” at Madison Area Technical College

Meetings are from 12:30 – 2 p.m. September’s guests include representatives the Human Resources Department and the Interest-Based Problem Solving office.

If you are a new staff or faculty member, or have not previously completed the First Fridays series and would like to attend, please email CETL to RSVP.

Published September 6, 2017.

Student jobs available

Do you know any students looking for a part-time, student help or work study job? There are currently 28 positions available. Student employment promotes campus involvement and provides students with valuable work experience.
Explore available jobs on Wisconsin TechConnect:
1.Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find “Miscellaneous Job Categories” (this will be located in an orange box)
2.Select “Madison Area Technical College” from the list of colleges
3.Choose a category that is of interest to you or the last one “Work Study/Student Help”
Questions? Please contact the Career and Employment Services, stop by Room D1624 at Truax or call 608-243-4598.

Published September 1, 2017.

Respiratory program thanks donors

With less than 24 hours, the Respiratory Therapy program collected an entire carload of goods that were shipped to Texas Thursday, Aug. 31.

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County is sending semi-trailers full of supplies to Texas to help people in need after a devastating hurricane hit the region.

The Respiratory Therapy program wants to thank everyone who helped and donated on such short notice.

Published September 1, 2017.

Optical Dispensary to open for fall term

The Optical Dispensary, located in the Health Education and Information Technology Building, Room 271, will be opening for services Friday Sept. 8. Fall hours of operation are Fridays from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The dispensary is operated by Optometric Technician students under the supervision of trained instructors. Faculty and staff are invited to come in and try on the brand-new selection of dress glasses, sunglasses and safety glasses available. Brand name non-prescription sunglasses are currently 50 percent off. Faculty and staff may also have minor repairs or adjustments made to their existing glasses at no cost. 

Interested? Bring a written, signed and dated copy of your valid (no more than two years old) prescription and allow one hour for this appointment. Services are available to all current students, staff, faculty, Madison College alumni members and retirees. 

Please call 608-246-6272 or email the dispensary. Voicemail and email will be monitored during dispensary hours of operation. 

Published September 1, 2017. Updated September 6, 2017.

Steps outlined for students called into active service

Some of the college’s students may be called into active service to assist with disaster relief in the Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Harvey. Students who are deployed, ordered or inducted into active service in the armed forces of the United States or requested to work for the federal government during a national emergency or limited national emergency should follow the steps outlined on the Military Activation/Deployment web page.

For assistance, please contact Enrollment Services at 608-246-6210.

Published September 1, 2017.

Learn the basics of Blackboard in self-paced courses

Getting Started with Blackboard is a self-paced, online course provides a hands-on introduction to the teaching and learning features of Blackboard Learn. Become familiar with common start-up tasks, such as organizing the course menu, customizing the course style, creating announcements, adding calendar entries, setting up discussion forums and adding textbook information.

Sign up on CETL Thrive for one of the following start dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Saturday, Sept. 30
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, through Tuesday, Oct. 31
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, through Thursday, Nov. 30
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 22

Questions? Please contact CETL at 608-246-6646.

Published September 1, 2017. Updated September 6, 2017.