Downtown Campus update from Technology Services

Starting in June, Technology Services is removing network connectivity from the Downtown Campus.  This will result in lack of network and phone connectivity building wide.  In the case of an emergency at the Downtown Campus, have a mobile phone ready.


Published May 30, 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 30, 2019.

Employee Trust Funds webinars offered June, July

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offering a series of live, interactive webinars designed to increase understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits. Individuals can ask questions at the end of these sessions.

Visit the ETF webinar page to learn more about the following sessions offered in June and July and to register for webinars. Registration closes 10 minutes prior to the event.

The following webinars are offered:

Beneficiary Designations

What Happens to an account after an employee’s death?
Is a beneficiary designation on file with ETF and does it reflect an employee’s wishes on how WRS benefits should be paid? This webinar reviews the importance of having a beneficiary designation on file and keeping it updated as life events occur. ETF will also review how to correctly complete a designation form, what it means if one is not on file with ETF and how to request a copy of the current form. (15 min.)

  • Tuesday, July 2, 11:30 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, July 18, 12:30 p.m.-1
  • Tuesday, July 23, 6 p.m. - 6:30
  • Monday, July 29, noon-12:30

Buying Service

If employees are eligible to purchase service, doing so would increase their retirement or disability benefit. This webinar will cover the types of service employees may be able to buy, how and when employees can buy service and more. Eligible types of service include service earned during prior WRS covered employment and forfeited through a separation benefit and some types of service earned with other government employers. (20 min.)

  • Tuesday, June 4, 6 p.m.-6:30
  • Monday, June 10, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 20, noon-12:30
  • Friday, June 28, 11:30 a.m.-noon

Newly Retired and What to Expect

The Newly Retired Webinar provides basic information for Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) members who have recently entered or are soon to enter retirement status. Topics include initial (“estimated”) retirement annuity payments, “finalized” payments and adjustments, post-retirement life and health insurance and return to work rules under the WRS. (20 min.)

  • Monday, June 3, 11 a.m.-11:30
  • Thursday, June 13, 11:30 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m.-6:30
  • Monday, June 24, noon-12:30

Overview of the Wisconsin Retirement System

This webinar will cover participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, how the WRS is funded and what benefits are available under the WRS. A brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured are included. (15 min.)

Related information - Video: New and Mid-Career Employee Orientation on Retirement Benefits (29 min.)

  • Friday, July 12, 11 a.m.-11:30
  • Wednesday, July 17, 6 p.m.-6:30
  • Thursday, July 25, noon- 12:30
  • Tuesday, July 30, 11:30 a.m.-noon

Preparing for Your Retirement

For employees who are planning to retire in the next 1-10 years. Learn about the steps to retire with WRS. Attend this event in a city nearby or by live webinar. Employees will learn about the impact of contributions and investment returns on their accounts, when retirement is allowed, WRS annuity options, returning to work after retirement, what happens to an account after death, health and life insurance and more. Questions are welcome during and after the event. (120 min.)

  • Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m.-8:30
  • Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.-8:30

Retirement Annuity Options

This webinar will help to increase employee understanding of the WRS annuity options available at retirement. ETF will also explain the difference between a beneficiary and a named survivor. (20 min.)

  • Tuesday, June 4, 11 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, June 12, 6 p.m.-6:30
  • Friday, June 21, noon-12:30
  • Thursday, June 27, 12:30 p.m.-1

Variable Fund

ETF will discuss the Variable Fund – what it is, how it differs from the Core Fund and the affect participation in this fund may have on employee retirement benefit calculations. The webinar also discusses how to elect to participate in the Variable Fund, how to cancel participation and how the timing of these decisions may affect employee Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits. (20 min.)

  • Thursday, June 6, 11 a.m.-11:30
  • Tuesday, June 11, 11:30 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, June 19, noon-12:30
  • Monday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.-6:30

WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees

This one-hour webinar is for employees who are five years or more from retirement. The information presented will help employees make sound, strategic decisions over the course of their careers. Topics include vesting, ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form and how to complete one and how “life event” changes affect retirement benefits. (60 min.)

  • Thursday, June 6, 1 p.m.-2
  • Wednesday, June 12, 11 a.m.-noon
  • Tuesday, June 18, 10 a.m.-11
  • Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Published May 29, 2019.

Writing Center announces summer hours

The Truax Writing Center opens for the summer Monday, June 3-Thursday, Aug. 15. The center will be available Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Madison College Online Writing Center will be open Monday -Friday. All students at all stages of the writing process are welcome at the Writing Center in Room A2000P.

Visit the Writing Center website for more information.

Published May 24, 2019.

Important reminder for Remedial classes

This information is being provided as a refresher for faculty and staff who may assist students with questions about financial aid eligibility for remedial classes. Remedial classes are those with 700-level catalog numbers that are used as pre-requisites or support for academic success. 

The following remedial courses are financial aid eligible:

Catalog #        Class Name

77834780       Basic Algebra

77851757      Academic Writing 5/6

77854756      Applied Math for Chemistry

77854758      Math Advancer for Elem Algebra

77858752      Academic Reading 5/6

77890781      Bridge to Electronics

77890782      Bridge to Biotechnology

77890783      Bridge to Industrial Maintenance

77890784      Bridge to Construction


All other program-specific Bridge courses, even if not listed here, are eligible. Generic 'Bridge to Student Success' is not eligible. 

There is a 30-credit limit on the number of 700-level classes a student can take and still receive aid for, regardless of whether or not they received aid for those classes. For example, Basic Algebra would normally be an aid eligible class. If a student has already taken 30 credits of other 700-level classes such as CAM Math, Math Concepts, Academic Reading, Academic Writing, etc., Basic Algebra would no longer be aid eligible. 

For more information about remedial course aid eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 608.246.6170.

Published May 22, 2019.

Fitness Center and Pool announce summer hours

The Fitness Center and Pool will have reduced hours begin Monday, May 20 and runs through Friday Aug. 16, 2019. 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4-6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4-6 p.m.
  • Fridays: 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Facility hours and more information can be found on the Madison College Recreation website.

Published May 22, 2019.

Interested in volunteering this summer?

The East Madison Community Center needs volunteers for certain summer programs. Descriptions of the opportunities and sign-up links are below:

Published May 20, 2019. Updated May 31, 2019.

Shared Governance asks for work team volunteers

In April there was a Town Hall to capture feedback regarding the Shared Governance system. The Town Hall was organized to fulfill the guiding principle of continual assessment. That feedback was recently posted in Matters and is also available on the Shared Governance SharePoint site. Thanks again to all who lent their voice to this endeavor. 

The college is now looking for a few participants to join specific, short-term work teams to help with this continuous improvement objective. Participants do not need to be a member of Shared Governance but should be familiar with Interest Based Problem Solving (IBPS).

The goals of the work teams are to look at the Town Hall feedback and determine:

  1. Whether changes are needed (and what those changes would look like) in terms of changes to by-laws, processes or best practices.
  2. Prioritize the work of the team to meet the stated six- to eight-month timeline.

The work teams will consider the following issues:

  1. Elections and membership — need two additional members
  2. Shared Governance vision, purpose, culture and clarity — need one additional member
  3. IBPS and facilitation — need four additional members
  4. Communication methods, responsibility and organization — need one additional member
  5. Shared Governance structure — need no additional members
  6. Accountability and consensus — need one additional member

The work teams will meet once a month immediately following the College Assembly (afternoon of second Wednesday) for the next six to eight months.

Please email your interest by Friday, May 24, to


Published May 17, 2019.

Semester ends with All-Faculty Appreciation Breakfast

Provost Dr. Turina Bakken celebrated the end of the semester by hosting an All-Faculty Appreciation Breakfast May 14.  

Donated prizes were won by:

  • Tina Rettler-Pagel
  • Sandra Madelung
  • Robert Lovely
  • Sandra Garski
  • Claire Lind
  • Akaylah Jaeke
  • Deborah Newsome
  • Michelle Monzo
  • Christine Yero
  • Bethany Sansing Helton
  • Sharon Holthaus
  • Sarah Bannen
  • John Peck
  • Tammy Downing

Prizes were also reserved for faculty in the regional and metro campuses who couldn’t attend. Congratulations to the following part-time faculty: John Meister, Michele Scolman-Heizmann and Joshua Fassl.    

Published May 17, 2019.

Still time to register for Learning Academy

Seats are going fast for Learning Academy 2019 at Madison College. This year, Kirsten T. Behling, co-author of “Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education,” will open the event Monday, May 20, from 12-1 p.m., in Room D1630B on the Truax Campus.

Behling is the director of Student Accessibility Services at Tufts University and an adjunct professor in the Disability Services in Higher Education Graduate Certificate Program at Suffolk University.

Faculty and staff can register through Madison College Learn. This event includes a keynote presentation, lunch and a variety of workshops.

Published May 17, 2019.