Madison College News

Fort Atkinson, Reedsburg campuses host open house events

Visitors are welcome at Madison College's Fort Atkinson and Reedsburg campus open house events this week.

Area residents can learn more about programs, staff and facilities by attending the Fort Atkinson Campus open house on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 3-6 p.m. The campus is located at 827 Banker Rd., Fort Atkinson.

The Reedsburg campus open house is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8, from 3-6 p.m. The campus is located at 300 Alexander Ave., Reedsburg.

The events will include hands-on activities and demonstrations. Visitors may take a campus tour and apply to the college for free with help from Madison College staff. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees can enter for a chance to win a $400 scholarship. Registration is not required, and families are welcome. 

For more information about the Fort Atkinson event call 920-568-7200 or visit The Reedsburg campus can be reached at 608-524-7800 or at

In addition to these campuses, Madison College has campuses in Portage and Watertown along with Madison Truax, Commercial Avenue, West and Goodman South Campus (opening Sept. 3).


Published August 5, 2019.

Earn an IT credential at no cost

High school students interested in information technology careers can get a head start at Madison College. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, the college will offer a grant-funded early college program that allows students to earn a six-credit CompTIA A+ Certificate and the opportunity to take a certification exam.

Upon completion, students can continue in the IT-Systems Administration Specialist career pathway at Madison College and enter the workforce in an entry-level position in this high-demand field.
Interested students must submit an academic reference and attend an on-boarding session Aug. 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. Space is limited and students must apply for this evening course. For more information contact or 608.243.4381.

Published July 23, 2019. Updated August 2, 2019.

Magazine features President Daniels

The August issue of Madison Magazine featured a profile of Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, president of Madison College since 2013. Daniels is described as a “strategic pioneer” who is also “disarmingly humble.” The story captures Daniels’ first days on the job and his vision for the college.


Provost Turina Bakken was also interviewed for the article along with Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, Madison College board member Frances Huntley Cooper and Zach Brandon, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce President.


Published July 22, 2019. Updated August 2, 2019.

College offers 3D printing workshops

Students, faculty, staff and community members have the opportunity to earn a Fusion Deposition Modeling badge in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center at Madison College. Participants will learn about applications and uses for 3D printing as well as the basics of producing a printable model.

There are several different methods of 3D printing, but the most widely used is a process known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). FDM printers use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded, layer by layer, to create a three dimensional object.

Upcoming sessions:

These sessions are for anyone interested in learning about 3D printing. Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 participants at each session.

Published July 8, 2019. Updated August 2, 2019.

Educators learn how to teach solar energy

Educators from throughout the state are learning how to engage K-12 students with solar energy at the Wisconsin STEM Educator Solar Institute at Madison College's Commercial Avenue Campus this week. The fifth annual institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will run Tuesday, July 9, through Thursday, July 11.

Madison College instructors Joel Shoemaker, Ken Walz, Cris Folk and Scott Liddicoat, a teacher at Green Bay Southwest High School, will teach participants to install and commission a residential size solar photovoltaic array. The classes also cover safety measures and electrical principles. Teachers return home with hands-on classroom lab activities.

The institute is offered through the Center For Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education.

Published July 8, 2019. Updated August 2, 2019.

Career Planning Workshops coming soon

Current or prospective Madison College students can take advantage of Career Planning Workshops in-person or online. The Career Planning Workshop will help you learn how your interests, skills and values play a role in choosing a career. You'll also explore components of CareerLocker, an engaging approach to career development that incorporates occupational information, educational options and employment resources.

In-person workshops will be held on the following dates:

 Register to reserve a spot. Space is limited.



Published July 5, 2019.

Students demonstrate skills at national competition

The SkillsUSA Wisconsin College Postsecondary took 36 student contestants to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., during the week of June 24-28, to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships.

Madison College students earned the following results:

  • George Kattermann and Connor Dempsey, Mechanical Design students, eighth in Additive Manufacturing. Advisor: Ryan Ubersox.
  • Danny Gutierrez, a Cosmetology student, fourth in Barbering. Advisor: Melissa Brainerd.
  • Mary Loeser, a Cosmetology student, fifth in Cosmetology. Advisor: Melissa Brainerd.
  • Andrew Allison, an Automotive Technology student, eighth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Advisor: Craig Lathrop.
  • Katrina Willis, a Health and Medical Coding student, seventh in Job Interview. Advisor: Jeff Molzahn.
  • Payton Fandrich, an Automotive Technology student, seventh in Job Skill Demonstration Open. Advisor: Craig Lathrop.
  • Alex McConkey, an Automotive Technology student, 13th in Motorcycle Service. Advisor: Craig Lathrop.
  • Hunter Payne, an Automotive Technology student, 19th in Job Skill Demonstration A. Advisor: Craig Lathrop.
  • Aaron Pohl, an Auto Collision and Refinishing student, 14th in Prepared Speech. Advisor: Aaron Stroot.
  • Xiong Her Pao, an Auto Collision and Refinishing student, 23rd in Automotive Refinishing. Advisor: Aaron Stroot.

Zeno Bell, an Automotive Technology student, and Anne Marie Loeser, a Cosmetology student, attended all the delegate sessions, voted on changes to the SkillsUSA bylaws and represented at the annual business meeting.

Timothy Myers, a Mechanical Design graduate working towards his vocational education degree, ended his term as national Parliamentarian. Myers was the first national officer that Wisconsin C/PS had in 25 years and the first from Madison College.

Published July 5, 2019. Updated August 2, 2019.

Independence Day closure announced

All Madison College campuses will close for the July 4th holiday. Campuses will reopen on Friday, July 5.

Published June 24, 2019.

Experience a Wisconsin farm

Employees, students and community members are invited to the “Wisconsin Farm Experience” at the Fountain Prairie Farm in Fall River June 29 or 30. Madison College leases the farm to provide instruction in sustainable farming and farm-to-table practices.

The two-hour tour includes a wagon ride across the property while learning about the farm's history, conservation practices and local food production. Guests also have the opportunity to observe native wildlife, meet farm animals and take a guided walk through the historic farm house that hosted country dances and served as a bed and breakfast.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Published June 18, 2019. Updated August 2, 2019.

College sponsors youth talent show

As part of the 30th Annual Celebration of Juneteenth, Madison College and Kujichagulia Madison Center for Self Determination will present Madison's Hopes and Dreams talent show Friday, June 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wright Middle School.

The contest is for amateurs only. There are four age categories:  8-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-20. Cash prizes will be awarded for each age category and include a consultation on your dream.

Deadline to register is June 17 and registration is free.




Published June 6, 2019. Updated June 10, 2019.