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Wisconsin Technical College System Tech Expo 2016 call for proposals

The WTCS Tech Expo Program Committee would like you to consider presenting
at the upcoming WTCS Tech Expo. 

The 2016 Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Tech Expo call for proposals is now open and the deadline for submitting is Tuesday, March 1. Presenters of accepted proposals will attend Tech Expo for free. 

The Expo is Friday, April 8, at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

The WTCS Tech Expo is focused on exploring the future and expanding boundaries of technology use in postsecondary education. Tech Expo is devoted to enhancing learning through the use of current and emerging technology.

The keynote speaker for this year’s expo is Dr. James May, the Faculty Fellow for Innovation and Technology at Valencia College in Orlando, FL where he also teaches English as a Second Language with a special emphasis on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). May enjoys pushing boundaries and engaging both faculty and students through various technologies and innovative digital and communication strategies.

May also consults and presents nationally on a wide variety of ever-changing technologies and digital innovations related to Computer Assisted Language Learning, the iPad, Web 2.0, Social Media, Millennial Shift, Video-on-Demand, Cellphones in the Classroom, Digitally Transactive Learning, and more.

Register for the expo today

Published February 24, 2016.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth maps student debt

It’s a staggering number. According to the latest federal data, more than 42 million Americans owe a total of $1.3 trillion in student debt.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has put together an interactive map that shows how borrowing for college affects the nation, cities and even specific neighborhoods. The map compares zip code data on average household student loan balances, delinquency and median income.

Check out the interactive map to see how the Madison area compare to the rest of the nation.

Published February 24, 2016.

Architectural lecture series opener

The Architectural Technology department kicks off its lecture series with architect Pascale Sablan of FXFOWLE Architects Thursday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. in Truax A2031, the Blackbox Theater.

Pascale’s presentation will discuss the design process and integration of architectural software– Ecotect, 3DMaxx, Rhino, Revit and AutoCAD– used to design the Museum of the Built Environment. One of eleven projects designed by FXFOWLE Architects (New York, Washington DC) within the King Abdullah Financial District, a new 55 million-square-foot mixed-use urban development currently under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

She will also focus on the rational use of technology by the project’s diverse design team to advance architectural and environmental goals as well as lessons learned during the design development.

Published February 24, 2016. Updated February 26, 2016.

Blackboard Mentors learn new tips and tricks

A group of Madison College Blackboard Mentors spent the day learning new tips and tricks in using Blackboard at the WTCS state-wide Bb Day at Waukesha County Technical College on Friday, Feb. 19. 

Some of the topics covered included Bb Collaborate Ultra, Blackboard Badging, Quality Course Design in Bb, Using Bb for Authentic Assessment and the Bb Future Roadmap. 

The Bb Mentors are a group of faculty available to help you with your Blackboard questions.

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

Published February 22, 2016.

Edgebanding Seminar at Madison College Sponsored By AWI-Wisconsin

Everything related to edgbanding, including materials and adhesives were discussed recently at Madison College as more than 60 manufacturers, vendors and others gathered to learn how to attain that perfect edge treatment for wood panels.

Madison College’s Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program partnered with the AWI-Wisconsin chapter to co-sponsor this one-day seminar which featured in-depth presentations and demonstrations from Rehau, Kleiberit Adhesives and machinery supplier Biesse-America.         

“Demystifying the Dreaded Edgebander” was the over-riding theme of the February 18th event held at the college. While the program has an edgebander, Biesse-America chose to ship in a mid-size Jade 225 edgebander just for the seminar so they could feature additional options.    

“Our plan was to cover all the basics of edgebanding, while at the same time getting as in-depth as possible with a topic that can be somewhat of a mystery for many manufacturers,” Patrick Molzahn, director of the Cabinetmaking and Millwork Program at Madison College, said. “All of the participants reported being extremely satisfied.”

The Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program at Madison College hosts three to four seminars annually open to the public. This seminar was the largest yet, with 63 attendees. These seminars offer tremendous networking opportunities for students and employers.

“The topic for our next seminar has not yet been determined, but we are always open to new ideas and presenters”, said Patrick Molzahn. “We have one of the best facilities in the country and can demonstrate just about any process.”

If you have something you’d like to see, contact Patrick Molzahn.

Check out photos from the seminar.

Published February 22, 2016.

The Spring College Transfer Fair is right around the corner

On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 Madison College will host over 30 schools to provide transfer students with information about their institution.

The Fair will be open from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Gateway and is open to all students. Please refer students to this great opportunity to explore some of their transfer options.

Published February 22, 2016.

"College Climate by Faculty and Staff of Color" findings now available

The findings of the "College Climate by Faculty and Staff of Color" data are now available in Blackboard in a shell called "College Climate."

In Spring 2015, Carolina Bailey and Jimmy Cheffen Jr. collected data to assess the climate for faculty and staff of color at Madison College. Bailey, an instructor in the World Languages Department, and Cheffen, from CETL, look forward to sharing their findings.

Feel free to contact Carolina Bailey or Jimmy Cheffen Jr. via email with questions or comments.

Published February 17, 2016.

Bring students to the Spring 2016 College Transfer Fair

The Spring College Transfer Fair is right around the corner!

On Thursday, Feb. 25, Madison College will host over 30 schools to provide transfer students with information about their institution. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Truax Gateway and is open to all students.

Please encourage students who plan to transfer in the future to attend this event.

Questions? Contact the Student Development Center at (608) 246-6076.

Published February 17, 2016.

The Mail Center is relocating

With the upcoming relocation of the Mail Center, they would like to ask everyone to come and retrieve all mail and packages from the Mail Center in Room B1247 at Truax.  

Questions? Call (608) 246-6305 or Kathy Waters at (608) 246-6051. 

The Mail Center would like to thank you for your cooperation.



Published February 15, 2016. Updated February 19, 2016.

Automotive Driveability class looking for work

The second year Automotive Driveability classes are looking for work. They are interested in vehicles that are experiencing problems such as: 

- Check engine light (service engine soon light) illuminated 
- Poor acceleration 
- Rough idle 
- Hard starting 
- Other engine running problems

Dave Heinzen's morning class runs Monday through Friday, 7:30-11 a.m. and Marty Prew's class runs Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

If you have a vehicle that you would be interested in having us check out please e-mail the following information to Dave Heinzen for morning scheduling, and Marty Prew for afternoon scheduling.

- Name 
- Vehicle: Year, Make, Model 
- Symptom/Complaint 

Heinzen and Prew would like to thank you for the support of their program.

Published February 15, 2016.