Richard Kendrick shares his story

As an African American man growing up on Madison's south side, Richard “Ric” Kendrick couldn’t see beyond a high school diploma—and even that was iffy. In fact at 15, feeling bored, he considered dropping out of school. 

Kendrick can now be seen around the South Campus teaching many students who were like him on the south side in the early ’70s.

Read his story here.

Published June 21, 2017.

Independence Day closure announced

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Services will resume on Wednesday, July 5.

Published June 21, 2017. Updated July 7, 2017.

Matters to go on hiatus week of July 3

The Matters newsletter will not be published Monday, July 3 through Friday, July 7.

We will resume our normal publishing schedule Monday, July 10.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day.


Published June 19, 2017. Updated July 10, 2017.

Donna Swadley is retiring

Donna Swadley is retiring after 30 years at Madison College.

Join the celebration Thursday, June 22, from 4-6:30 p.m. at Callahan’s Sports Pub, located at 1902 Bartillon Dr. in Madison.


Published June 16, 2017. Updated June 21, 2017.

Turning Point program to be discontinued

The Turning Point program for Displaced Homemakers and Dislocated Workers, which has served students for more than 10 years, will end Friday, June 30. The program was funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Technical College System. It was instrumental in providing individual support, computer literacy training and instructional workshops designed to improve participants’ employability skills. 

Participants were informed of the program’s closure and referred to Career and Employment Services (CES) for career-related assistance and to Advising Services for academic advising.

The college appreciates the leadership of Jamesetta Fousek, Maria Thomasson, Teresita Torrence and Viola Miller, who have all served as program advisor/coordinator over the years. 

Published June 14, 2017. Updated June 16, 2017.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to update June 21

Technology Services will perform a network configuration change to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment Wednesday, June 21, starting at 10 p.m. and ending by 2 a.m. Thursday. Virtual desktops will be inaccessible during this time. 

Instructors who believe this will negatively affect them or their students are asked to contact the Help Desk, ext. 6666, as soon as possible. 

Please note that access to other services will be available.

Published June 14, 2017.

Email migration may cause some voicemail PINs to reset

Just a reminder—all staff email will be migrated to Exchange Online beginning Friday, June 16, at 4 p.m.

Later this week, an email will be sent to approximately 200 users whose voicemail PIN will reset during the migration. If you do not receive an email indicating your voicemail PIN will reset, it will remain the same after your account is moved to Exchange Online.

If your voicemail PIN is reset during the migration, you will receive an email that contains your new PIN.

list of frequently asked questions is available.

Questions? Please contact Jim Patton, senior information technology engineer. 

Published June 14, 2017.

Tech Services to complete desktop upgrade

Technology Services will complete upgrades to the virtual desktop environment Saturday, June 17, starting at 5 p.m. and ending by 2 a.m. Sunday. System maintenance occurs the third Saturday of every month. Virtual desktops will be inaccessible during this time. 

Please be sure to save your work; unsaved work may be lost. Tech Services recommends all employees log off the virtual desktop before they leave every Friday.

According to Tech Services, no courses will use the virtual desktop environment during the maintenance period. Instructors who believe this will negatively affect them or their students are asked to contact the Help Desk, ext. 6666, as soon as possible. Please note that access to other services will remain available.

Published June 12, 2017. Updated June 21, 2017.

CETL offers '7 Habits' workshop

Join CETL facilitators Tina Rettler-Pagel, Jeremy Kautza and Kimberley Brudny for the upcoming session of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” workshop.

This workshop is based on the content from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. It is considered one of the most impactful books ever written on personal effectiveness, leadership development and change. The workshop will help faculty and staff identify areas in work and personal life where applying these habits will improve effectiveness and fulfillment.

The workshop is scheduled for Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m-4 p.m. in Truax Room B3233.

  • June 14
  • June 21
  • June 28 

Register via CETL Thrive before Tuesday, June 13.

Published June 9, 2017. Updated June 14, 2017.

Spring 2017 courses to be removed from Blackboard

As of Friday, June 30, spring 2017 courses will be unavailable to students in accordance with the Blackboard course availability policy.

Instructors can make their courses available again by going to Course Control Panel>Customization>Properties and checking "yes" for course availability.


Published June 7, 2017. Updated June 28, 2017.