During a joint news conference Monday, Oct. 30, officials from Madison College and Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and affiliates placed the construction of the college’s new South Campus in its entirety on the fast track by sharing details of a contribution to complete the second phase of the project, and issuing challenge grant for the third and final phase.
The project was introduced in three phases. The first includes purchase of the site currently occupied by the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds at the intersection of Badger Road and Park Street and will include spaces for learning and some student services. Phase Two will increase the usable space to up to 45,000 square feet and include community meeting spaces, additional classrooms and support services. Phase Three will expand the complex to a total approaching 75,000 square feet and include a comprehensive suite of student services, community access to social service and community-based organizations, and additional classrooms and community meeting spaces.
Richard D. George, president and CEO of Great Lakes, said his organization is committing $3 million to construct the second phase of the project and announced a $3.5 matching grant to complete the final phase. With this challenge grant, Great Lakes is looking to engage the community in completing the project. If Madison College successfully raises $3.5 million before March 31, 2018, Great Lakes will match that amount dollar for dollar and assure the campus will be completed in its entirety in 2019.
Published October 30, 2017.