Learn more about the RISE team

Meet the RISE Team and learn about the programs and services we offer to include:

  • Academic Success Coaching
  • SCMP - Scholars of Color Mentoring Program
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • TOPS College Success
  • MoE- Men of Excellence
  • VRS - Veterans Resource Services
  • First-Generation Student Club -- "I'm First"

The RISE team welcomes new and continuing students, as well as staff and 
faculty, to stop by between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the Truax Atrium.

For more information, please contact Janine Wilson, RISE director.  Email:



Published September 11, 2019.

Three-Year Facilities Plan approved

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, the Madison College District Board approved the college’s Three-Year Facilities Plan. The plan, which includes an overview of existing facilities and a summary of upcoming projects, will now be submitted to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board for final approval. To view the approved Three-Year Facilities Plan and a brief PowerPoint overview of the plan, please visit the college’s SharePoint site.

Published September 11, 2019.

Local engineering firm to offer tour

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to tour and learn the history and structural organization of Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing (IEM), a worker owned-cooperative in Madison. IEM has provided high performance automation technology since 1980.

The tour will include the office and design/manufacturing facilities. Lunch is provided and attendees will have the opportunity to talk with IEM employees to learn more about their career pathways. They’ll also learn about the training, experience, and skills required to be successful at a technology company. Click the link to learn more about IEM.

The tour is on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Carpooling is available. Registration is required by Sept. 20 and limited to 30 attendees.


Published September 11, 2019.

Study Abroad informational fair and session announced

The Center for International Education announced two upcoming dates for Study Abroad information.

  • The Study Abroad Scholarship Information Session will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. In the Intercultural Exchange room, C1430. 
  • The Study Abroad fair will be held on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Intercultural Exchange room as well. 


Published September 11, 2019.

Faculty encouraged to use Early Alert program

What is an Early Alert (EA)? Early Alert is a program that faculty utilize to connect academically at-risk students to Retention Services. Once an Early Alert is issued by a faculty member, an Advisor will reach out and provide tools and support to the student in need.

How do I identify an at-risk student who might benefit from an Early Alert referral?

 Faculty should refer students once they’ve had 3 unsuccessful attempts to connect with a student who exhibits at least one of the following behaviors, as these are signs a student may be academically at-risk:

  • Sporadic classroom/discussion board attendance
  • Unresponsive to outreach (verbal, email, voice mail)
  • Poor exam scores
  • Missing assignments
  • Extreme shifts in behavior
  • Significant life changes such as death of a loved one, physical illness or job loss

How do I make an Early Alert Referral?

Please make referrals via the class roster in the faculty center and submit within 48 hours of the 3rd outreach attempt.
Here are the steps:

1. Click on the Early Alert icon next to the student's name.

2. A form will automatically populate with the student's information.

3. Add reasons for the referral and submit.

What happens after an Early Alert is issued?

Once the Early Alert referral has been made, the student will receive an automated message from his/her assigned advisor. This message will encourage the student to make an appointment to discuss the Early Alert. The assigned advisor will be notified of the Early Alert and will phone the student. If a successful contact is made, the advisor will provide support and the tools necessary to get the student back on track. If the student does not respond, the advisor will send a final email to the student. Advisors will follow-up with the faculty member who submitted the Early Alert so he/she is aware of the outcome.

Frequently Ased Questions

Can I issue multiple Early Alerts on the same student?

No; Only submit one Early Alert per student per class.

Can I issue an Early Alert for a No Show student?

No; No Shows are not Early Alerts they should be recorded as No Shows on class rosters.

How soon in the semester can I issue an Early Alert?

As soon as you notice the student is at-risk and you are unable to make contact.

Early intervention in the semester is vital to student success. How can I reach out to a struggling student?

Offer to meet with the student outside of class to discuss the problem/concern. Communicate via email/phone to reach a student who has stopped coming to class. Invite student to discuss tests, quizzes and assignment scores.

Please direct additional questions to Janine Wilson, RISE Director:

Published September 11, 2019.

Submit 2020 Retirement Notifications

The retirement notification web form is now available on the Intranet (Sharepoint). Eligible full-time employees can submit notice to retire between May 31, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Please submit your notice to retire by Dec. 1, 2019. You have the option to rescind notice on or before December 23, 2019. For more information about Early Retirement and Normal Retirement, please visit the Preparing to Retire pages. If you have questions, please email

Published September 11, 2019.

Donate new or gently used books today

The book drive for Madison Reading Project is ongoing until Sept. 27. Join by bringing new or gently used books for children or teens to any of the drop off locations at Madison campuses:

·         Truax Main Building - Student Life B1260

·         Truax Main Building – Library entrance near front desk A300

·         Truax Main Building – Student Achievement Center A2000

·         Truax Health Education & Information Technology Building

·        Truax  Protective Services Center – front entryway

·         Commercial Lounge 110

·         West Main Office 132

Madison Reading Project cannot accept:

·         Dictionaries or encyclopedias

·         Activity or coloring books

·         Teaching or homeschool materials

·         Books with religious or holiday themes

·         Toy items - magnet/sticker books, “Play Sound” books, puzzle kit

Watch for more information coming soon about book drives at regional campuses.

Questions? Contact: Brianna Stapleton Welch,, 608-243-4168

Published September 10, 2019.

Madison College bookstore apparel sale continues

The Madison College Bookstore is holding an apparel and backpack sale through to closing Friday, Sept. 13.

Staff and students can enjoy 25% off clothing and backpacks. Some included restrictions are uniforms, scrubs or items required for curriculum.

Please use a student or employee One Card to receive reward points to use toward future purchases.


Published September 9, 2019.

Internship available for students in STEM fields

The Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking Madison College students interested in STEM fields to delve into Antartic weather and climate projects. 

Ideal candidates will have a solid grasp of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel, excellent communications skills and a desire to explore and learn more about weather and climate. Interns will work in groups and independently to accomplish various research tasks.

To apply, students must contact Lee Welhouse, Physical Science Instructor, with their cover letter and resume before Sunday, Sept. 15. The internship will start late September 2019.

Published September 9, 2019.

STEM Speaker Series returns

A new and exciting slate of speakers is being finalized for the 2019-2020 academic year. As speakers and topics are confirmed, they will be highlighted in upcoming STEM Center newsletters and posted on our website. Please email the STEM Center for ideas for future presentations.

Fall 2019 schedule:

  • Thursday, Sept. 19 in Room D1630B. Speaker and topic to be determined.
  • Monday, Sept. 30 in Room D1630C. Simon Livingston-Jha Mass will speak on spectometry.

  • Thursday, Oct. 17 in Room D1630C. Jennifer Jakowski will speak on faculty exchange to the Netherlands.
  • Thursday, Oct. 31 in Room D1630B. Aaron Goldsmith will speak on Physics of juggling.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Room D1630C. Betty Wood will speak on Biological Systems Engineering at UW.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Room D1630C. Speaker and topic to be determined.

All sessions will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Published September 9, 2019.