Madison College News

College seeks community input for South Campus expansion

In May 2016, the Madison College District Board directed college administrators to identify an expanded facility to serve South Madison and the surrounding area.

The college will host three community forums to discuss how it will engage the South Madison community over the next several months in the planning for this facility and the academic programs and student services that are in greatest need there.

Forums will be held:

  • Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, 4619 Jenewein Rd., Madison
  • Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m., Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park Street, Suite 2000, Madison
  • Monday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m., Latino Academy of Workforce Development, 1917 Lake Point Dr., Madison


Published November 30, 2016. Updated December 5, 2016.

Thanksgiving shutdown announced

All Madison College campuses will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The college will reopen Monday, Nov. 28.

Published November 16, 2016.

New West campus will open in January

The new West campus, located at 8017 Excelsior Drive, will be ready for credit and non-credit professional and continuing education classes starting in January of 2017.


This newly renovated space will provide easy access for students interested in program classes for business, liberal arts transfer, and pre-health programs. We are excited to offer this new location as an option for students who want to take classes on the west side of Madison with easy access to the Beltline, nearby shopping and restaurants, and free parking.


Madison Metro bus service (Route 15) as well as the campus free shuttle make it easy for students to travel between Truax and the West Campus. Six classrooms, two computer labs, a biology lab, a kitchen lab and student computer and support areas will be available for both credit and non-credit classes.


A complete list of classes offered for Spring 2017 can be found on the Madison College website by clicking on Search Classes and choosing West Madison as the campus location.

Published November 11, 2016.

Fox47 takes a tour of the new culinary labs

Michelle Carolla of Fox47 News took a tour of the expanded culinary lab at the Truax campus. The story featured Chef Paul Short, program director, and student Kayla Strom. Short said Madison College is now poised to be a major player in the culinary scene and is ready to meet industry growth due to television shows and social media.


The college offers an associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Culinary Production Specialist technical diploma producing about 120 graduates per year. The expanded facilities will allow for more students to enroll in the program and gives each student their own station. In addition, the demonstration kitchen allows chefs and students to connect with other schools, conferences and media outlets.

Published November 4, 2016.

Culinary students show how to reduce food waste

Madison College culinary instructors and students participated in the Dane County Food Days event Sunday afternoon in the new culinary facilities at the Truax Campus. Local chefs joined in creating a buffet-style Sunday dinner from produce that would have gone to waste. The Wisconsin State Journal covered the event.

Published October 27, 2016.

Madison College hosts wood finishing seminar

Madison College recently hosted a day-long finishing seminar sponsored by Midway Industrial Supply. More than 50 individuals from small to large operations gathered to expand their knowledge of coatings and trends in wood finishing. Speakers included Mike Rathbone of Ceramic Industrial Coatings and Wayne Blackwell of EXEL North America.


The first presentation provided a background of commonly used finishes for wood and their working properties. This was followed by a presentation on finishing trends and the latest equipment available for applying coatings. Participants were then invited to test the Air-Assisted Airless technology from Kremlin along with their newest spray gun. Richard Hibma of Ed Wohl Woodworking and Design won a Kremlin Xcite spray gun provided by Midway.


According to program director Patrick Molzahn, “This is a great way for our students to experience the latest technology and network with companies in the industry.”


The Cabinetmaking program frequently offers seminars for individuals involved in the wood industry.


Published October 26, 2016.

An interest in engineering leads returning student to NASA

Sarah Barron thought going back to school would be “a terrible mountain to climb.” However, at Madison College she formed relationships with instructors and prepared for a new career.


After earning a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Barron taught English to elementary, middle school and high school students in Japan for three years. Upon realizing there were not many jobs involving her language skills that appealed to her, Barron began considering other career options.


At 27, she decided to study electrical engineering at Madison College and to learn more about alternative energy. She was referred to instructor Dr. Ken Walz, an expert in that field.


Barron entered the Honors Program in the summer of 2015, and began working on her project with Walz as her faculty supervisor. The goal was to create an undergraduate curriculum involving non-silicon solar cells. To do that, she had to “take the complicated and make it accessible.”


“These Perovskite solar cells are not commonly used, but are going to be a big deal in the industry,” she explained. “They have (relatively) low production costs, are relatively simple to manufacture, and are made using abundant materials.”


Barron presented her work on the solar cells at the Advanced Technical Education Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, D.C. She also took first place in the Madison College Honors Competition and represented the college at the Regional Honors Council Conference in Iowa.


She was also selected through a competitive process to participate in the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) Community College Scholars Program. This interactive online learning opportunity wrapped up with a four-day experience at NASA. Her team won first place in the competition which involved designing, building and demonstrating a model of the Mars Rover.


Barron is transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to pursue an engineering degree.

Published October 26, 2016.

College offers class for women to explore trades

The Tools for Tomorrow Program under the Career and Employment Center is excited to bring women, ages 17 and older, a free class starting Wednesday, Oct. 26.


The Exploring Careers in the Skilled Trades for Women class offers insight into careers in construction and manufacturing. Featured programs include carpentry, welding, industrial maintenance, electrical and construction laborer.


This is a hands-on learning opportunity for participants to learn more about each of the skilled trades. For more information contact Masaya Xiong, advisor, non-traditional occupations, or (608) 616-3371.

Published October 6, 2016.

Assistance available to Regency Beauty Institute students

Regency Beauty Institute announced permanent closure of all 79 campuses on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The Madison College Enrollment Center customer service team is prepared to assist Regency students to continue on their educational path.

Students can contact the Enrollment Center at (608) 246-6210 and speak with Admissions. 


Published September 29, 2016.

Qualified parties sought for lease of DTEC property

Madison College is soliciting a request for qualifications (RFQ) from parties interested in entering into a ground lease of the Downtown Education Center property. The deadline for the RFQ is Nov. 1, 2016. Parties that meet the standards of the RFQ will be invited to submit a proposal in January 2017.


The college will select a proposal respondent to enter into formal negotiations in March 2017 and plans to begin negotiating in May 2017 with an award made in July 2017. The lease is expected to begin in July 2019.


Key Commercial Real Estate is handling the RFQ. Additional information about the screening process and the RFQ can be found here.

Published September 27, 2016.