Madison College News

Truax Campus Main Building will be closed Aug. 26

The Truax Main Building will be closed and completely inaccessible to employees and the public Sunday, Aug. 26, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Final electrical connections for the new roof-mounted solar panel systems will take place at this time. 

An emergency generator will provide power to the data center including cooling system, data closets, fire alarm and emergency light systems during the shutdown. Individuals will not be able to enter the building or access their desks or offices. No events will take place in the Truax Main Building that day.

 

 

 

Published August 17, 2018.

Instructor comments on clean energy jobs report

A new report on clean energy jobs in the Midwest shows about 75,044 such jobs in Wisconsin. Last year the report counted only 26,000 clean energy industry jobs. In an article in the Cap Times, Ken Walz, renewable energy instructor for Madison College, agrees that industry demand for Renewable Energy grads is growing. However, defining what should be included in that category can be difficult.

Walz told the Cap Times graduates of the Madison College Renewable Energy Certificate program work in installation, manufacturing, engineering and design-related jobs.

 

 

 

Published August 15, 2018.

Open house events this week at regional campuses

Madison Area Technical College campuses in Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown will host open house events in August. Individuals can learn about programs of study, career options, campus services, facilities and how to apply by attending an open house.

The events will include hands-on activities and demonstrations such as fingerprinting, office technology, steno writing, patient simulation, drone operation and K9 demonstration. Attendees an enter to win a $400 scholarship. Faculty and staff members will be available to answer questions, give tours and help with filling out the online application.

Registration is not required. Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided. All events begin at 3 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.

Dates are as follows:

  • Fort Atkinson: Tuesday, August 7
  • Portage: Wednesday, August 8
  • Reedsburg: Thursday, August 9
  • Watertown:  Wednesday, August 15

For more information contact experience@madisoncollege.edu or call 608-243-4248.

Published August 6, 2018.

Portage campus to offer 'Gateway to College'

Students in the Portage area who dropped out of high school or are falling behind now have another option to earn a diploma and gain college credit at the same time. Officials from Madison College and Portage High School agreed to establish a "Gateway to College" program this fall.

Gateway to College offers a learning community and personal support to help students adjust to college. The students spend the first term attending classes together. After that, they move on to independent college-level classes.

Although the program has been offered at the Truax campus for five years, Portage is the first regional campus to offer this option. At the Truax campus, 80 percent of Gateway students continue with their college education.

The Portage Daily Register recently published an article describing the program including comments from Juanita Comeau, director of College and Career Transitions.

 

 

 

 

Published August 6, 2018.

Portage summer camp lets middle-schoolers try welding

Middle school students attending the Madison College "Fun with Torches - Welding FUNdamentals" summer camp at the Portage Enterprise Center learned basic welding and metal fabrication skills and visited local companies that employ those skills. The three-day camp was designed for students ages 12-14 was funded with a grant from Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International.

The Portage Daily Register and the Baraboo News Republic published stories with photos of the students and instructors.

 

 

Published July 27, 2018.

Madison College receives National Science Foundation biotechnology grant

Madison Area Technical College has been awarded a three-year, $412,000 National Science Foundation grant to meet the needs of Wisconsin’s growing biotechology industry. Grant-funded activities will give biology students practical laboratory skills and experience, help them envision various careers and motivate them to continue their education.

“Through this new program we are offering our liberal arts biology students new opportunities and creating pathways for them to have STEM career success from the associate level and beyond,” said Dr. Kitrina Carlson, botany instructor and principle investigator for the grant.

Carlson will work with Elise Van Ginkel and Dr. Mary Ellen Kraus also of Madison College, and Dr. Heidi Kaeppler, Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center of UW-Madison, as co-principle investigators.

According to Bryan Husk, assistant director UW-Madison Biotechnology masters degree program, local biotechnology firms have experienced “staggering growth” since 2015 that will continue as many local companies expand operations. The NSF grant will allow Madison College to hire an internship coordinator to develop student internships with these local employers.

In addition, faculty will embed research experiences into the Madison College biology courses. Carlson and her team will work with the Digital Credentials Institute at Madison College to develop digital badges that communicate students’ skills and abilities to local industry.

The grant project begins Sept. 1, 2018, and continues through Sept. 30, 2021.

 

Published July 27, 2018.

South Campus to host open house event

Visitors can learn about programs offered, meet instructors, or talk with an advisor at the South Campus Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 4. Staff will help attendees apply to the college for free or register for fall classes. Financial aid information will also be available.

The campus is located at 2238 South Park St. For more information call 608-243-4200 or email southinfo@madisoncollege.edu.

 

Published July 20, 2018.

Regional campuses welcome visitors

Madison Area Technical College campuses in Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown will host open house events in August. Individuals can learn about programs of study, career options, campus services, facilities and how to apply by attending an open house.

The events will include hands-on activities and demonstrations such as fingerprinting, office technology, steno writing, patient simulation, drone operation and K9 demonstration. Attendees will have a passport to be marked at each open house area and activity. Anyone who completes a passport will be eligible to win a $400 scholarship. Faculty and staff members will be available to answer questions, give tours and help with filling out the online application.

Registration is not required. Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided. All events begin at 3 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.

Dates are as follows:

  • Fort Atkinson: Tuesday, August 7
  • Portage: Wednesday, August 8
  • Reedsburg: Thursday, August 9
  • Watertown:  Wednesday, August 15

For more information contact experience@madisoncollege.edu or call 608-243-4248.

Published July 18, 2018.

Firefighters can now earn degree online

Firefighters can now earn an associate degree even while working 24-hour shifts. Madison Area Technical College has created an online Fire Protection Technician degree program. Enrollment is open for the first cohort to begin in fall 2018.

“Previously, students who were hired before completing the program had no way to earn the degree since they worked nights and weekends,” said Dillon Gavinski, program director. “There was desire within the industry and from our own students for an online option.” Generally, firefighters need a degree to advance into administrative or leadership positions.

After earning the Fire II and EMT certifications in person, students can enroll in the degree program and take the remainder of required courses through recorded lectures, discussion boards, computer-based assignments and assessments.

Courses are taught on a semester basis and individuals can take one course at a time or enroll as full-time students. The program includes 20 courses for a total of 62 credits. Some fire departments cover the costs of the degree through tuition reimbursement or tuition incentive pay to.

“This is the first program of its kind offered in our state,” Gavinski said. The curriculum meets the minimum standards of excellence established by Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Recognition professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA). For those who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree, the Madison College credits are also transferable.

Published July 12, 2018. Updated July 16, 2018.

Art classes move to Truax, Commerical Avenue

Beginning this fall, all Madison College Art Transfer Courses, previously offered at the Downtown Education Center, will be offered at the Truax and Commercial Avenue campuses.

The courses are accepted with full credit by two-year and four-year programs in the University of Wisconsin System, Edgewood College and many other institutions. College Transfer Art credits can be used as elective credits or toward an Associate Degree in Art.

Foundation and intermediate courses are available in design, drawing, painting, jewelry-art metal, ceramics, photography and art history. Foundation courses are required at most four-year schools before more advanced study.

 

 

 

 

Published June 29, 2018. Updated July 9, 2018.

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