Parking lot repairs begin Tuesday, May 15

Parking lot repairs will begin Tuesday, May 15, at the sections "G" and "D" located north of the Protective Services Building, and section "K" at the Robin Roberts Baseball. The "G" and "D" sections will be closed through Saturday, May 19.

Published May 11, 2018. Updated May 14, 2018.

Final spring grades due Thursday, May 17

Due to the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (PeopleSoft) and Blackboard upgrades happening May 18-21, access will be temporarily suspended for all faculty, staff and student users. For instructors finalizing spring term classes, final grades should be submitted in PeopleSoft by Thursday, May 17 at 11:30 p.m.

  • Both PeopleSoft and Blackboard will be offline beginning at 11:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17.  
  • PeopleSoft is anticipated to have user access restored by Monday morning, May 21.  
  • Blackboard is anticipated to have user access restored by Tuesday, May 22. 

Staff and Faculty 

  • Employees using PeopleSoft, Faculty Center, HighPoint (myMadisonCollege), and Blackboard will not have access to these systems to serve students during the outage. 
  • Employees should remind students they will not have access to their myMadisonCollege and Blackboard accounts during the outage. 
  • Many service offices (e.g., Enrollment Services, Academic Advising, etc.) will be closed on Friday, May 18 due to the outage. 


  • Final grades from the spring semester should be submitted by 11:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17. 
  • Classes in session from May 18-21 should plan for Blackboard to be inaccessible to them and their students during the outage. Be sure to make alternate plans during this time. 

Students and Public

  • Public class search links and account creation will be unavailable during the outage.
  • Students will be unable to log into their myMadisonCollege and Blackboard accounts.
  • A communication plan is in deployment for students; however, you can help us spread the word by referring students to this Student News article

Preview of the New PeopleSoft

The login experience for PeopleSoft will be changing for faculty and staff with the upgrade. Faculty and staff are asked to take a moment to view this brief video (1:21) for the new login and landing page experience that they can expect when you log into the upgraded environment.  


For questions regarding the PeopleSoft outage or upgrade, email

For questions regarding the Blackboard outage or upgrade, email

Staff members who are experiencing difficulties currently with either of these systems, are asked to contact the Help Desk or (608) 246-6666.

Published May 11, 2018.

Blackboard to undergo changes

Blackboard Learn 9.1 will soon release the Q2 update, including an upgrade to the Cloud, new release features, and access to the content collection. The Learning Management System will undergo these changes in late May and will require an outage from May 18-22. 

In addition to new features to make Blackboard easier to use, this year's upgrade will include moving Blackboard to a cloud-hosted service (SaaS). This move will reduce costs for the college and provide benefits typically associated with a more modern cloud architecture, such as zero or minimal downtime in future updates and easy scalability during periods of high usage. Additionally, this upgrade will aslo ake Blackboard's Content Collection tools available. 

More about the Q2 new features and upgrades is included in the QuickStart Guide. It provides instructions on the new Attendance Tracker, Course Availability Notice, Student Submission Receipt updates, Discussion Board enhancements, and improvements to Grade Center Management. It also contains information on using the new Content Collection to share files more efficiently and easily. 

For technical support, please contact the Madison College Helpdesk; for teaching and learning Blackboard support, contact CETL

Published May 9, 2018.

Madison College to host 'Pride in Your Ride' car show

The Madison College Pride in Your Ride sixth annual car show is set for Saturday, May 12. Located at the Truax campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is a rain or shine, family-friendly event for all years, makes and models. Collison Repair students will award trophies for class winners at the event.

Admission for spectators is $5, ages 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Madison College Collision Repair Program’s Auto Body Tool Scholarship Fund and its Program Equipment Fund. This ensures aid for Collision Repair Program students in purchasing career tools and also helps maintain the program’s educational facilities with current auto collision repair and refinishing technology and tools.

Vehicle registration takes place from 8-11 a.m. on the day of the event. All years, makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Cars and Trucks require a $20 donation which includes admission for two adults, one t-shirt, and a dash plaque for the first 300 entries or while supplies last. Motorcycle entries are $10. 

For more information, check out the Facebook page, or contact Collision Repair by email or phone at (608)-246-6661. 


Published May 9, 2018.

Agreement smooths the way to UW for Scholars of Promise

On Thursday, May 10, Dr. Jack Daniels, president of Madison College, and Dr. Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will sign an agreement that will allow Madison College “Scholars of Promise” who are admitted to UW-Madison to complete a bachelor’s degree without paying tuition or fees.

The signing will take place at a news conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Truax Campus in Room D1630. Members of the inaugural “Scholars” cohort who began classes in fall 2017 and intend to transfer to UW-Madison after completing their associate degree in spring 2019 will witness the signing.

Published May 9, 2018.

Enrollment Services summer hours update

Effective Monday, May 14, most student service departments are closing at 4:30 p.m. for the summer. Please encourage students to check the Department Directory to verify hours by individual department. 

Published May 9, 2018. Updated May 23, 2018.

Fiber optic project to start Monday

Starting Monday, May 14 and continuing through Friday, May 25, Integral Business Systems will be running fiber optic cabling at the Truax Campus.

The work will take place in the hallways of the Truax main building.  No hallway closures are anticipated during the project.

Published May 8, 2018. Updated May 9, 2018.

Food Services will switch to summer hours

Food Services summer hours will begin Monday, May 14.

The Atrium Coffee Shop wil be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Atrium Cafe will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Starting Thursday, May 10, the Gateway Cafe and Health Cafe will be closed for the summer, opening again when fall classes begin.


Published May 8, 2018.

Thao to be honored at Business Recognition Award Ceremony

Madison College and the Hmong Chamber of Commerce will honor Vang Thao, CEO of Eternity Homecare and AmeriTax, at a Business Recognition Award Ceremony at Madison College Tuesday, May 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The purpose of this award is to recognize a local company that has demonstrated service and active participation in the business community.

The ceremony will be held in Room D1630 B/C on the Truax Campus.



Published May 8, 2018. Updated May 9, 2018.

Award-winning films to be screened Thursday

Two award-winning short films will be screened in Room D1630-B/C on the Truax Campus Thursday, May 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Featured films include "Brown Girl" which examines questions of identity and belonging, and "Cliff, Superfan," which explores the Japanese man behind "Stanford's superfan." After the screening, the directors of the films, Violet Wang ("Brown Girl") and Diane Quon ("Cliff Superfan!),  will participate in a question-and-answer session via Skype. 

Published May 8, 2018.