Madison College News

Optometric technician makes a difference for transplant patients

Andreea Bauknecht, a graduate of Madison College's Optometric Technician program, enjoyed the hands-on learning and clinical experience she got in the program. Bauknecht found a job she loves at the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. Read more about Bauknecht's professional journey.

Published July 11, 2017.

County executive went from dropout to public servant

Joe Parisi tells Madison365 how Madison College helped him along the way to becoming Dane County Executive. Parisi dropped out of high school and played drums in a rock band before earning his GED and enrolling at Madison College at the age of 28. A caring instructor encouraged him.

Published July 11, 2017.

Student overcomes past, becomes Scholar of Promise

Despite some trouble in his past, Preston Bratz recently graduated from La Follette High School and will join the first cohort of Madison College Scholars of Promise. His story was published in the Wisconsin State Journal. The new program provides financial aid and other assistance to promising students who may be the first in their family to attend college.

Published July 11, 2017.

Student learns from mistake, becomes Scholar of Promise

Despite some trouble in his past, Preston Bratz recently graduated from La Follette High School and will join the first cohort of Madison College Scholars of Promise. His story was published in the Wisconsin State Journal. The new program provides financial aid and other assistance to promising students who may be the first in their family to attend college.

Published July 10, 2017. Updated July 11, 2017.

County executive went from dropout to public servant

Joe Parisi tells Madison365 how Madison College helped him along the way to becoming Dane County Executive. Parisi dropped out of high school and played drums in a rock band before earning his GED and enrolling at Madison College at the age of 28. A caring instructor encouraged him.

Published July 10, 2017.

South Campus welcomes visitors to open house

The staff of Madison College's South Campus will put out the welcome mat Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2238 S. Park St. The free Open House event will feature opportunities to meet college faculty and try technology such as:

  • Drones used in the Criminal Justice program
  • A Fanuc robot, PICO smart relay, Amatrol trainer and conveyor used in the Industrial Maintenance program
  • A stenography machine used in the Court Reporting program

Visitors may enjoy refreshments, door prizes and a community resource fair. There will also be a drawing to win a $250 scholarship.
 
Information will be provided about programs and staff members can help interested students apply and enroll in the college.
 
For more information contact the South Campus at (608) 243-4200.

Published July 6, 2017.

Independence Day closure

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Services will resume on Wednesday, July 5.

Published June 20, 2017. Updated June 21, 2017.

Next 'Smart Start' session scheduled for July 8

Madison College's South campus is offering "Smart Start. Smarter Finish." sessions for individuals who want to enroll in the college. These Saturday sessions provide one-on-one assistance through the application and financial aid process. Seats are limited so register now to attend the next session on July 8.

Published June 16, 2017.

College's solar installation will provide educational opportunities

The announcement of plans to install the largest rooftop solar energy system in Wisconsin on Madison College's Truax Campus drew a lot of attention this week including this article on ATE@20. Ken Walz, Madison College instructor and director of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education, said the installation will benefit students and instructors from around the country who attend the STEM Solar Institute at the college.

Walz also said employment growth in the solar industry and other types of renewable energy should result in increased hiring in the near term. Madison College offers certificates in renewable energy, solar energy and wind energy.

 

Published June 13, 2017.

More apprentices needed to fill skills gap

Randy Way, associate dean of applied science, engineering and technology, spoke with WKOW Channel 27 this week about the need for more apprentices to meet industry demand for skilled employees. Madison College offers 19 different apprenticeship programs covering a wide variety of skills training.

Apprenticeships are training programs that combine structured on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Apprentices are sponsored by employers, employer associations or labor/management groups, and they receive a regular wage during training.

Applying to an apprenticeship program is different than applying for a degree program. The process is similar to applying for a job. You may be asked to fill out an application, complete apprenticeship testing and/or take an aptitude test, and interview for the position.

Published June 13, 2017.

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