Construction update: Happy New Year!

What’s new?

The crews at the Truax campus have been working hard to complete as much work as possible as the weather starts to turn colder. The New Loading dock is enclosed and moving towards completion. The Culinary/Baking Arts addition continues to move forward as well with more block wall construction and additional pre-cast plank being installed. Work on remodeling the existing bathrooms on the first floor near the Facilities office also started over winter break.

The past weeks work

  • The new AHU (Air Handling Unit) for the Culinary/Baking Arts addition was installed through the existing third floor roof structure.
  • Exterior block walls have continued.
  • Additional precast plank has been set for the Culinary/Baking Arts addition between the administration building and the new addition.

Coming up in the weeks ahead

  • Demolition of the existing bathrooms near facilities on first floor.
  • Roofing will be completing on the Loading Dock addition.
  • Demolition of the existing escalators.
  • Continue setting structural steel and roof deck at the culinary addition.
  • Exterior stone work at the Culinary/Baking Arts addition has started.
  • Exterior glazing is set to start in two weeks.

Questions? Contact Mark Premo, construction manager, at (608) 442-7341.

Published January 7, 2016. Updated January 25, 2016.

Madison College to receive Dash Emergency Grant

Madison College will receive a $79,300 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The 2016-2018 grant is part of a larger $1.5 million recently awarded to 31 community and technical colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. 

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 20 percent of full-time students at public two-year institutions earn a degree within three years. Students at technical colleges come from diverse backgrounds: they may be older, lower income, or maintaining a delicate balance between school, work and family.

Juggling multiple financial responsibilities and unforeseen expenses can threaten students' ability to stay in college. Great Lakes' pilot emergency grant program, run for a three-year period, increased the rates of grant recipient's graduation and continued enrollment.

The Dash program was designed to help prevent these students from dropping out of college when faced with unforeseen expenses, often less than $500. Small grants can help at-risk students overcome the economic barriers to their completed education.

"We know that when students run into a financial barrier, it stops them in their tracks," says Keith Cornille, Vice President of Student Development and Success. "By establishing these emergency funds, we can keep them on their path to success."

To be considered, students will need to apply for small grants directly from the college. When faced with an unexpected bill, such as a car repair or medical costs, expenses will be paid within 48 hours of the approved application.

Published January 6, 2016. Updated January 11, 2016.

Blackboard Migration complete

The Blackboard Migration to a hosted environment is complete. This migration provides Madison College with a better way to deliver, manage and facilitate our Learning Management System. This should improve reliability and performance, and allow Madison College to introduce the most up-to-date features with minimal disruption.

When logging in, users will be directed to Madison College’s standard authentication log-in page. The look and feel of Blackboard is relatively similar; announcements are incorporated on the Blackboard landing page. The Spring 2016 term is available and the historical terms going back to Summer 2014 are also available. Nursing courses have a history of three years. Master and Other course shells also will be available for use.

Note: if you have courses in the Spring 2016 semester, please review these courses to ensure all content is there. If you have any issues or concerns, please contact the Help Desk.

The Blackboard legacy system will only be available until late February 2016, at which time it will be decommissioned and data will no longer be available.

Problems? Please contact the Help Desk at (608) 246-6666.

Thank you,
The Blackboard Migration Team

Published January 4, 2016. Updated February 12, 2016.