Madison College News

New culinary facility aims to fill kitchens with new chefs

Madison College's new culinary facilities at the Truax campus include top-of-the-line equipment and more space for first- and second-year students. The advanced lab space is modeled after professional restaurants and will turn out chefs prepared to create dishes for top dining establishments. Chef Paul Short gave a tour to Nico Savage and Amber Arnold of the Wisconsin State Journal. The article appeared on  the front page of the Sept. 6 newspaper.

Published September 9, 2016.

Scholars of Color Mentoring Program helps first-generation students

First generation students of color at Madison College can find resources, encouragement and community through the Scholars of Color Mentoring Program (SCMP). The group meets together twice a month and students meet individually with their college staff member mentors.

During the spring 2016 semester, 51 scholars participated in SCMP and earned a cumulative 3.1 grade point average. They were Asian, African American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American. Nearly 90 percent of students served by SCMP in fall of 2014 continued their education the following year.

A recent article in the Capital City Hues introduces some students and their mentors and further explains the benefits of the program.

Published September 9, 2016.

Rapid-response team to assist ITT Technical Institute students

ITT Technical Institute announced that it is shutting down due to the federal government’s decision to eliminate financial aid to students at the for-profit school. This means that students currently enrolled there must consider other options to continue their technical education.

Madison College has created a rapid-response team to assist those students with continuing their path to completion. Those who were enrolled at ITT may contact Madison College’s Enrollment Center at (608) 246-6210 or by email

The college has created a simple, three-step process to ensure a smooth transition between campuses:

  1. Schedule a time to meet with a Madison College recruiter to complete an application
  2. Meet with an academic advisor to discuss course options at Madison College, as well as credit for prior learning for courses taken at ITT
  3. Meet with a financial aid specialist to complete the necessary financial aid applications to determine eligibility for assistance.

The only paperwork that is required is a transcript from ITT – official or unofficial – that documents the courses that students have taken and the number of credits earned there.

“Madison College has long been a place where people can turn for assistance when unexpected circumstances arise,” said Keith Cornille, Senior Vice President for Student Development and Success. “Whether it’s workers who are displaced by the closure of a manufacturing facility, those whose positions are eliminated when a company downsizes its workforce or, in this case, students who must explore options to maintain their focus on gaining the knowledge and skills to build the foundation of a successful career when their campus is forced to close, we stand ready to help these individuals maintain their focus on completing a program that will lead to family-supporting employment. We encourage the students affected by the ITT shutdown to contact us to explore what we can do to continue the momentum they’ve established.”

Published September 6, 2016.

Campuses to close for Labor Day weekend

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Saturday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.

Classes and services will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Published August 26, 2016.

Scholars of Promise program removes financial barriers to college

In May, Madison College announced the Scholars of Promise program. This program will benefit low-income students who want to attend college, but lack financial resources. High school students who qualify will receive help paying for college.

Eligible students must live in the 12-county MATC district, achieve a 2.23 grade point average and maintain an 80 percent attendance throughout their senior year.

Scholars in the program will receive guidance throughout the admissions, financial aid and class enrollment process.

"If students are committed to meeting the high expectations we have set forth, then we are committed to rewarding their efforts with the funds needed to cover the gap in tuition and fees that are not covered by federal or state aid,” said Dr. Keith Cornille, senior vice president of Student Development and Success.

Wisconsin State JournalThe Capital TimesMadison 365 and Wisconsin Public Television covered the Scholars of Promise annoucement. 

Published August 26, 2016.

Extended student service hours available

Most Student Development and Success service units will offer extended service hours on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 29 through Thursday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m.—6 p.m.

Regular service hours will resume on Friday, Sept. 2.

Additionally, all Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Saturday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. Classes and services will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Published August 25, 2016.

Tools of the Trade scholarships assist student apprentices

As the need for skilled construction workers grows, Madison College apprentices are almost guaranteed a job after graduation. With the costs of tools and other equipment, some students are faced with extra expenses while in school.  

In Business reported on a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. program that helps students in the construction and industrial trades in all of the WTCS colleges.

"Tools of the Trade" scholarships help to cover the cost of tools, equipment and clothing needed by apprentices to complete their programs. Students are otherwise responsible for these costs.

According to Denise Reimer, dean of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, apprentices from MATC have received more Tools of the Trade scholarships than any other college in the state.

This program helps to remove financial barriers, so students can find employment. “These apprentices don’t just leave our college with a job; they’re in college with a job,” said Reimer. 

Published June 24, 2016.

West African student finds success at Madison College

After winning the lottery to obtain a visa that allowed him to enter the United States, Sewa Mensah and his wife moved from their home in Togo, West Africa to Wisconsin.

To improve his chances of finding employment, he enrolled in English as a second language classes before earning his High School Equivalency Degree (HSED) from Madison College. He was one of 277 students who graduated from the HSED program in June.

Mensah is currently enrolled in the college’s Construction and Remodeling program and works as a pre-apprentice carpenter with J.H. Findorff & Son on the Truax remodeling project.

He shared his success story with Channel 3.

Published June 24, 2016.