Officials from Madison College and more than 200 business and community leaders, civil rights advocates and others came together Monday, June 11, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the college's new south campus in Madison. The facility will be known as the Goodman South Campus to honor Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman, namesakes of the foundation that contributed a lead gift of $10 million to construct the campus in what is widely considered to be the most impoverished area of Madison.
The campus will be constructed at the intersection of Badger Road and Park Street and is slated to be open when fall classes begin in 2019. It will house classrooms and hands-on learning labs, wrap-around student services and instructional programs in STEM- and IT-related fields, including an early college STEM academy for high school juniors and seniors in the Madison Metropolitan School District. In addition, there will be gathering spaces for community members, regardless of whether they are students at the college.
"Building a new campus in south Madison isn't about Madison College. It's about serving a population that has been historically underrepresented and marginalized," said Dr. Jack E Daniels III, president of Madison College. "It is answering the call to break the multigenerational cycle of poverty for south side residents and opening the door to a future of possibilities that have escaped the reality of those who live there."
Construction of the campus, estimated at $23 million, is being funded with private contributions. At 75,000 square feet, the Goodman South Campus will be six times the size of the current Village on Park location. Operational costs will be covered by the college's base budget.
Published June 12, 2018.