Madison College News

College adds six Liberal Arts Transfer emphases

Students enrolling in Madison College's Liberal Arts Transfer program can now choose from six areas of emphasis or pre-majors. The LAT program serves students who wish to earn an associate in arts (AA) or associate in science (AS) degree and/or who intend to transfer to a four-year university. The program provides students with an excellent foundation for continuing in higher education and there are agreements and pathways with many four-year institutions across the region.

Pre-majors let students choose a curriculum tailored to support their future transfer goals. The following pre-majors provide a guided pathway with enough flexibility for broad major exploration regardless of transfer destination.

By completing the AA or AS degree at Madison College, students will typically satisfy the first two years of general education requirements for four-year colleges and universities and obtain an educational foundation in a breadth of disciplines.

The first step is to apply for admission to Madison College.



Published April 16, 2018.

Scholarships available to new students

Many scholarships are available for new students through the Madison College Foundation. Scholarships are funds awarded to cover college expenses. These do not have to be repaid by the student. New Madison College students can apply for scholarships between March 19 through April 27.

To apply, students must complete the Madison College Admissions Application and be accepted into a program. Applicants must have a 2.0 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in six or more credits for the upcoming semester. In addition, the Foundation requires a college or high school transcript and a letter of recommendation.

More than 1,000 scholarships are available to Madison College students. Thanks to donations from alumni, faculty, staff and friends, the Foundation has provided more than $17 million in scholarship and financial assistance to more than 40,000 students.

For more information contact the Madison College Foundation.

Published April 13, 2018.

New scholarship to support LGBT students

QBE North America insurance company has donated $20,000 to the Madison College Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Although the initial donation will take a few years to earn the necessary interest, the college hopes to raise additional funds that would make Rainbow Scholarships available sooner.

A fundraising event is scheduled for May 19 at Bunky's Cafe in Madison to support the scholarships. Read more about it in this article from the Wisconsin State Journal.

Published April 10, 2018.

Madison College students present 'Our Town'

Madison College Performing Arts will present "Our Town" by by Thornton Wilder in the Mitby Theatre for two weekends in April.

  • Friday, April 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 15, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Director, Miranda Hawk will take a classic story and tell it from a new perspective.

“Traditionally, Thornton Wilder’s character of the stage manager/narrator walks the audience through the streets of Grover’s Corners, the lives of fictional characters, their marriages, their death and reflections on those left behind," Hawk explained. "Audiences have come to expect the Stage Manager to be an older male actor, speaking to the audience with a wise and charming tone, bringing comfort as we check our own experiences against this beautiful story."

But this production flips the narrative and explores Our Town from the unassuming but sharp lens of the female protagonist, Emily Webb. "Our Stage Manager is a young female, reflecting the experience, hopes and dreams of the young Emily; to see the town, life and inspiration of the future ... imagining the possibilities,” said Hawk.

Call 608-243-4000 or visit Mitby Theater to purchase tickets or learn more about the play.

The Mitby Theater is located in Room A1017, of Madison College's Truax Campus.

Published April 9, 2018. Updated April 17, 2018.

Events focus attention on sexual assault victims, prevention

During the month of April, Student Development and Retention Services is sponsoring activities to honor survivors and support victims of sexual assault. The following activities are intended to show support for victims, bring attention to this issue and introduce prevention methods.

·         Clothesline Project: Decorate a paper t-shirt as a silent exhibit of support for those affected by sexual assault.

·         Go Teal Fridays: Wear teal colored clothing or a teal ribbon on any Friday in April to help raise awareness of sexual assault.

·         Tuesday, April 10 AND Monday, April 16: Bystander Intervention Training. Learn how to actively help prevent incidents before they occur and help keep your friends safe. Located in Foundation building room 113 from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

·         Friday, April 23: Changing the Culture, a presentation including statistics, definitions, discussions of consent, and how to support a survivor. Segments about rape culture and bystander intervention will be covered. Located at Truax room D2634 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Madison College uses the Take a Stand, Stop Sexual Violence training series, as a key component of a coordinated community response to end sexual violence on all campuses.

Published April 9, 2018.

Associate dean speaks on MLK legacy

Madison College Associate Dean Kendricks Hooker spoke to students at East High School on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Hooker, a former resident of Memphis, where King died, told the Wisconsin State Journal that progress has been made in civil rights but improvements are still need in access to education. He noted that Madison College is working toward greater access for students of color.


Published April 5, 2018.

Students participate in antibiotic research

Madison College biology students are researching new sources of antibiotics contained in soil. They are participating in the Small World Initiative, an international project to address the worldwide threat of antibiotic resistance.

The student scientists are sharing their results with others around the world in this crowdsourcing project.

WKOW Channel 27 visited the Truax campus and spoke with instructor Kit Carlson for a story that aired March 28.



Published March 29, 2018.

Instructor offers expertise to entrepreneurs

Local businesswoman and Madison College instructor Jill Huizenga will offer a free workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs Saturday, April 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. "Dreaming of Starting Your Business with Jill Huizenga" will be live at the Portage campus and broadcast via teleconference to the Reedsburg, Fort Atkinson and Watertown campuses where attendees can ask questions and interact with other participants.

Topics for the event include the state of entrepreneurship in south central Wisconsin, the entrepreneural mindset, characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, idea generation and resources for the entrepreneurial journey.

To register for the workshop, visit




Published March 29, 2018.

Local restauranteur shares his story for Chef Series

The Center for Entrepreneurship will present "I'm not a Businessman, I'm a Business, Man," at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Truax campus demonstration kitchen. Chef Gilbert Altschul, owner of Grandpa's Pizzeria, Gibs Bar, Porter Coffee House and Bandit Taqueria, will share the story of his culinary career.

A Madison native and graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Altschul is currently revitalizing the train station on West Washington Avenue. His family has a long restaurant history in Madison. Attendees will enjoy a generous sampling of Chef Gil’s latest creations from one of his award-winning restaurants.

Cost to attend the event is $25 and tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Madison College students may attend free of charge.

Published March 22, 2018.

Madison College offers free workshop for new entrepreneurs

Individuals who want to start a business can get advice, information and resources at a free workshop, "Dreaming of Starting Your Business," Saturday, April 14, from 9-11 a.m. The event will be live at the Portage Campus and available at Reedsburg and Fort Atkinson campuses via telepresence.

Jill Huizenga, co-owner of Niche Publications and Madison College faculty member, will present topics including the state of entrepreneurship, the entrepreneural mindset, characteristics of a successful entreprenuer and idea generation. She will also present resources to help new business owners.

Register for this workshop on this Eventbrite site.

Published March 20, 2018.