Madison College News

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.

Students should apply to Scholars of Promise by April 1

High school students who wish to apply for the Madison College Scholars of Promise program have until April 1 to submit the application and other necessary materials. The program helps income-eligible high school students realize their dream of attending college by removing financial barriers.

In addition to covering the cost of tuition and fees after federal and state financial aid have been applied, the program provides support to the Scholars throughout their time at the college. Scholars have opportunities for career guidance and readiness, financial literacy, academic support, transfer information and more.

To indicate interest in this program visit

Published March 16, 2018.

Just Bakery trainees receive culinary credits

Just Bakery, a partnership with Porchlight Products, recently opened a storefront to sell products made by trainees with barriers to employment. NBC15 News reported on the opening and the benefits of the program including students earning college credit from Madison College.

Published March 14, 2018.

Reduced service hours for Spring Break announced

Many service offices across the college will be closed on Friday, March 9 from 12:00–4:30 p.m. for Student Development and Success staff in-service. In addition, the Truax campus service offices will close at 4:30 p.m. over Spring Break from March 12-16. Refer to the Department Directory to verify hours by individual service department.

The Fort Atkinson office will be open Friday, March 9 from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. During Spring Break offices will be open from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturday, March 16.

The Portage and Reedsburg campuses will be open on Friday, March 9 until 4:30 p.m. and the campus will close at 4:30 p.m. March 12-16.

During Spring Break, March 12-16 the Watertown campus office will close at 4:30 p.m. The building will close at 4:40 p.m. each day and will be closed on Saturday, March 17. Regular hours will resume on Monday, March 19.

Published March 6, 2018. Updated March 9, 2018.

College to host Severe Weather Seminar March 24

The Dark Skies Severe Weather Seminar will be held Saturday, March 24, in Truax Room D1630. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the event lasts until approximately 4 p.m.

This seminar, hosted by the MidWest Severe Storm Tracking/Response Center and Madison College, is an opportunity to learn about severe weather that affects Southern Wisconsin. Participants will learn how to improve their skills in meteorological knowledge and weather technology.

Topics will include:

  • The role of Emergency Management Teams
  • General severe weather preparedness
  • How the National Weather Service forecasts and warns for severe weather
  • The latest satellite technology used to forecast and monitor severe weather

The Dark Sky Severe Weather Seminar is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. Anyone who is interested in advancing his or her education and training for severe weather, emergency preparedness, severe weather safety and storm spotting will benefit from attending. This invitation is extended to police, fire, EMS and other public safety professionals as well.

Visit the Dark Skies Severe Weather Seminar site for a full list of speakers and a registration form. Though helpful for planning purposes, registration is not required unless you are interested in receiving a Certificate of Attendance.

Published March 6, 2018.

Career Planning Workshops offer resources, advising

Learn how your interests, skills and values play a role in choosing a career. Madison College offers Career Planning Workshops at most campuses. Attendees can also explore components of CareerLocker, an engaging approach to career development that incorporates occupational information, educational options and employment resources. College advisors will assist you.

Find out when workshops will be offered at your local campus. If you can't make it in person, workshops are also offered online.


Published March 1, 2018.

STEM Center announces Spring 2018 Speaker Series

The Madison College STEM Center has announced the following events in its Spring 2018 Speaker Series:

Published February 27, 2018. Updated March 6, 2018.

Hands-on help for college application

Students planning to apply to Madison College can get help with the application and financial aid process at upcoming Smart Start sessions. These sessions are held at the South campus located at The Village on Park, 2238 South Park Street, Madison. Seats are limited to 20 applicants and registration is required.

Smart Start sessions include Accuplacer exam and career exploration. There is no fee for the application during these events.

All sessions take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch is provided. Choose from these dates:

  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 19

Be sure to bring a photo ID, official high school or college transcripts (if available) and necessary documents for financial aid application.

For more information contact Madison College South campus at or (608) 243-4200.


Published February 27, 2018. Updated February 28, 2018.

Regional executive chef shares love for local farms, foods

Shanna Pacifico, regional executive chef for the Graduate Hotels and food and beverage director for The Graduate Madison Camp Trippalindee and Portage Pi Cafe, will share some of her favorite recipes at the Madison College Chef Series Feb. 28 event, "Small Town Girl with Big City Talent."

She began her career in New York City and became a chef at the age of 27. Pacifico was awarded two stars from the New York Times for Back Forty West.

Purchase tickets for this event here.

Published February 19, 2018. Updated February 21, 2018.