Madison College News

Student rep to district board announced

Aaron Schattschneider of Marshall will serve as the student representative to the Madison Area Technical College District Board for the 2019-2020 academic year. His term begins July 1.

A graduate of Marshall High School, Schattschneider was elected by a district-wide student vote. He is working toward associate degrees in Liberal Arts Transfer in Science and Biotechnology Lab Technician. He is president of the STEM Club and a student employee in the STEM Center. Schattschneider’s parents both graduated from Madison College.

The Student District Board member represents a student voice on the Board and is expected to attend District Board meetings and retreats.  He will express opinions and preferences on votes taken during regularly scheduled district business meetings, and report to the Student Senate and Student Activities Board on a monthly basis. 


Published June 4, 2019. Updated June 6, 2019.

Red Cross to hold blood drive June 11

A summer blood drive will take place at Madison College Tuesday, June 11, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Room D1630 B/C at the Truax Campus.

There’s no way to predict when or where an accident will happen — but thankfully, blood donations can help ensure that trauma centers are prepared the moment an injured patient arrives.

Donors give patients in need another reason to be thankful — call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or visit  Use the sponsor code MATCMadison. 

Save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass. Visit for more information.

This event is co-sponsored by the Student Nurses Association and Student Health Education.




Published June 4, 2019. Updated June 7, 2019.

Register now for Girls Only STEM camps

Girls, age 11-14, with an interest in science, technology, engineering or math are invited to attend a three-day Girls Only (GO) STEM camp at Madison College.

Participants will learn about environmental and food science in a farm setting. They'll work cooperatively to build a bridge; and build their confidence. They will explore the basics of 3D printing by designing and making cool stuff, from jewelry to Pokémon. This is a great opportunity to discover STEM careers that will make an impact on the future.

Camp sessions run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Lunch is included. Cost is $75 per session. All camps meet at Madison College Truax Campus, 1701 Wright Street. Some camps will have off-site fieldtrips.

Camps take place the following weeks:

  • June 18-20

  • June 25-27

  • August 20-22

Registration is open until June 10. Click the green registration button and choose a session. Choose Girls Only (GO) STEM on the registration page to sign up. Space is limited.

Follow Madison College Career Pathways on Facebook to stay abreast of career exploration opportunities.


Published June 3, 2019.

Learn 3D printing at STEM Center

Madison College faculty, staff, students and community members can learn about 3D printing and earn a digital badge June 20, 9 a.m to noon in the Madison College STEM Center. Whether experienced or a beginner, participants will learn the basics of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing process. Participants will create and print a model of their choice.

This session includes three hours of instruction along with time for an open lab. Register today. Space is limited.


Published June 3, 2019.

Explore IT careers at Madison College Open House

Careers in Information Technology can begin with a degree or diploma from Madison College. Check out this growing field at an open house June 6 from 2-6 p.m. in the Health Education and Information Technology Building, 1705 Hoffman Street, Madison.

Learn about mobile apps, cybersecurity, cloud computing, web development and more. Instructors will be on hand to talk about 24 certificates, technical diplomas and associate degrees offered at the college. Programs include Cisco certified Networking Associate and Entry Networking Technician. 



Published May 21, 2019.

Memorial Day closure announced

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Services will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

Published May 20, 2019. Updated May 21, 2019.

Watch graduation ceremony on the web

The 2019 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be be held on Friday, May 17, at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, at 5:30 p.m.

There is no limit to how many guests a graduate can invite and there is no charge for admission or parking. Please plan ahead for traffic and construction. 

Family and guests should arrive and be seated no later than 5:25 p.m. The processional will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will last approximately two and a half hours.

For those who cannot attend in person the ceremony will be available online. Follow one of these links for the livecast:

Grad live stream link

Back up feed




Published May 16, 2019. Updated May 20, 2019.

Agreements expand MATC, Edgewood partnership

Officials from Madison College and Edgewood College formalized three academic agreements that streamline the pathways into high-demand career fields. Students from both institutions will enjoy increased opportunity to leverage the strengths of each college.

Graduates from Madison College's IT - Web Software Development or Mobile Applications Development program may transfer to Edgewood and earn a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. The new pathway will also enable Edgewood CIS students to add a concentration in Web Software Development or Mobile Development, by completing coursework at Madison College.

The second agreement, allows graduates of Madison College's Web and Digital Media Design degree program to transfer to Edgewood and complete a four-year degree in Web Design and Development.

Graphic Design graduates will benefit from the third agreement that will allow them a seamless transfer process to an Edgewood bachelor's degree in that field. Transfer students from the Web and Digital Media Design and Graphic Design programs will automatically be considered for merit-based academic scholarships.

The agreements are effective beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.


Published May 10, 2019.

Textbook rental program will cut costs for students

Beginning this summer, degree credit and developing education students will be able to rent textbooks from Madison College. A $7 per credit fee will be added to their tuition bill to cover the cost of textbooks.

The goal of the rental program is to remove the financial barrier of high cost books. The rental also aims to provide access to texts on the first day of class, contributing to student success. The program will provide most core textbooks at no additional charge. Exceptions will be one-time use items such as workbooks, lab manuals, most access codes and books under $20. These items will need to be purchased in addition to the rental fee.

More information on textbook rental can be found on the Textbook Rental webpage.



Published May 9, 2019. Updated May 10, 2019.

SkillsUSA students take home medals

On Wednesday, May 1, 76 Madison College SkillsUSA members and advisors, attended the 46th annual State Leadership and Skills Conference held at the Alliant Energy Center and Expo Hall. With tireless hours of preparation and coaching from their advisors, 29 of these members stood on the podium to receive 30 medals for their achievements. Below are the names of the contest, students and advisors.

Additive Manufacturing
Gold – Connor Dempsey and George Kattermann
Silver – Dean Colstead and Jerad Lensmire
Bronze – Chandler Rolfsmeyer and Ozmar Vaquera
Advisor – Ryan Ubersox

Automotive Refinishing Technology
Gold – Xiong Her Pao
Advisor – Aaron Stroot

Gold – Danny Gutierrez
Advisor – Melissa Brainerd

Gold – Mary Loeser
Silver – Kiana Klaas
Bronze – Ann Marie Loeser
Advisor – Melissa Brainerd

Diesel Equipment Technology
Silver – Paul Newton
Advisor – Aron Kershaw

Extemporaneous Speaking
Silver – Andrew Allison
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Job Interview
Gold – Katrina Willis
Advisor – Jeff Molzahn

Silver – Zeno Bell
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Job Skill Demonstration Open
Gold – Payton Fandrich
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Job Skill Demonstration A
Gold – Hunter Payne
Silver – Tyler Mosser
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Marine Service Technology
Silver – Preston Woodstock
Advisor – Jeff Peterson

Motorcycle Service Technology
Gold – Alex McConkey
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Pin Design National Bound
Silver – Kiana Klaas
Advisor – Melissa Brainerd
Bronze – Terry Crary
Advisor – Aaron Stroot

Prepared Speech
Gold – Aaron Pohl
Advisor – Aaron Stroot

Technical Drafting
Bronze – Brian Schroeder
Advisor – Ryan Ubersox

Welding Fabrication
Silver – Jeromy Kruse, Duncan Leene & Dylan Seffoord
Bronze – Allison Burcham, Cameron Zablocki & Chase Zambloki
Advisors – Jimmy DeGidio and All Weishoff

Three Madison College members were elected to state office to serve the state membership for the upcoming 2019-2020 school term.  

State Officer Elects
Office of President – Mitchell Bartelt
Advisor - Aron Kershaw

Office of Secretary – Tyler Rodhe
Office of Parliamentarian – Zeno Bell
Advisor – Craig Lathrop

Madison College has qualified 11 members for the National Leadership and Skills Conference at Louisville, Kentucky, in late June.

Published May 3, 2019.