Madison College News

Chef Series features French master baker

The next Madison College Chef Series program on Thursday, Jan. 24 will showcase the skills of Pierre Zimmermann, owner of La Fournette, a wholesale and retail bakery in Chicago. The event begins with beverages and appetizers at 5:30 p.m. Reserve tickets here.

Zimmermann is a native of Alsace, France. A master baker, he won the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in 1996 as a member and in 2008 as the coach of the French team.

The Chef Series is hosted by Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Public Television's Wisconsin Foodie, and presented by the Vollrath Company.

Published January 3, 2019.

Campuses to close Dec. 23 through Jan.1

All campuses and district buildings will be closed Sunday, Dec. 23–Tuesday, Jan. 1 for winter shutdown. Campuses will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

In the meantime, students may find helpful information at Information regarding registration, to-do list, payment and other resources are available online 24/7 to students in myMadisonCollege.

Published December 12, 2018. Updated December 13, 2018.

December graduation ceremony on livestream

Madison College's 2018 Midyear Commencement Ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison.

Anyone who is unable to attend the commencement ceremony can watch a live broadcast by clicking on this link: Madison College 2018 Winter Graduation (Primary stream, available Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m.).

If you have a slow internet connection or have problems viewing the primary link, please use the secondary video broadcast link Madison College 2018 Winter Graduation (Secondary stream, also available Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m.).

After choosing the link, you will be presented with either the video page or a page recommending you download software. Note that this will only be live on a computer and not on any mobile device or in the Chrome browser.

If you are not able to watch the commencement ceremony live, an on-demand video will be posted at the same links approximately one hour after the end of the ceremony.

Published December 10, 2018. Updated December 13, 2018.

View past episodes of Madison College Chef Series

Each month Madison College welcomes award-winning local and regional chefs to the Truax Campus Demonstration Kitchen. The Chef Series is hosted by Kyle Cherek of "Wisconsin Foodie" on Wisconsin Public Television and sponsored by the Vollrath Company, producer of commercial food service equipment and supplies.

In case you missed previous events, visit YouTube for video of Chef Justin Carlisle, owner of Milwaukee's Ardent, and Chef Heather Terhune, executive chef of Tre Rivali and The Outsider in Milwaukee. Carlisle, a graduate of Madison College’s Culinary Arts degree program, was nominated for the James Beard Award Best Chef in the Midwest for the past four years.

A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, Terhune began her career in Washington, D.C. at The Willard Hotel. She also worked at Jean Louis restaurant at The Watergate Hotel and Pop's Trattoria in North Carolina. Other positions took her to kitchens in Chicago and San Francisco. Terhune appeared on the Top Chef television program.

The next live Chef Series program will be Thursday, Jan. 24 featuring Pierre Zimmerman, owner of La Fournette, a wholesale and retail bakery in Chicago. The event begins with beverages and appetizers at 5:30 p.m. Reserve tickets here.

Published December 10, 2018. Updated December 20, 2018.

Find gift items at holiday pop-up shop

Students of the Madison College Center for Printing Arts are selling printed gift items at "Printer Wonderland," a holiday pop-up shop in the Truax Gallery, inside the Gateway entrance on Wright Street.

The shop will be open Dec. 10-14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Shelves will be stocked with screen- and letterpress-printed cards, posters, notepads, aprons, T-shirts and much more, all made by students. Sales will be cash only.


Published December 10, 2018.

Grant provides career training to dual enrollment students

Madison College received a $98,242 Fast Forward Dual Enrollment Grant to so high school and Middle College students can obtain training for careers in culinary arts, information technology and industrial maintenance. The Department of Workforce Development grant will support up to 60 students.

Madison College will collaborate with nine school districts and the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin to provide the training. Successful students will gain certification in ProStart (Culinary Arts), CompTIA A+ Computer Essentials, or the Basic Industrial Power Embedded Technical Diploma.

Six Wisconsin technical colleges received $592,813 in grants that will benefit at least 328 high school students across the state. Dual enrollment programs provide students the opportunity to earn college credit and learn valuable skills while still in high school, a cost and time saver for Wisconsin families.

Published December 6, 2018. Updated December 7, 2018.

How to turn a hobby into a business

Jasmine Banks began creating personal care items for herself after realizing some of the chemicals they contained could be harmful. She started selling her natural products with other crafters at fairs and eventually formed her business, Perfect Imperfections in 2016.

Banks will share what inspired her to start Perfect Imperfections and what she learned along the way at a Lunch and Learn session at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Madison College's South Campus, 2238 S. Park Street. The free event is sponsored by the Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship. 



Published November 27, 2018. Updated December 3, 2018.

Get application help at Smart Start event Dec. 1

Madison College staff offer hands-on application and financial aid help at South Campus Smart Start events. The next Smart Start will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seats are limited and advance registration is required.

Activities include: placement testing, application preparation and completion, career guidance, financial aid assistance and academic advising. Lunch will be provided. Bring a form of identification and official high school or college transcripts (if applicable).

Madison College South Campus is located at the Village on Park, 2238 S. Park Street, Madison. For more information call 608.243.4200 or email

Published November 26, 2018. Updated November 27, 2018.

College chorale, show choir present Holiday Pageant

The Madison College Chorale and College Community Show Choir will present their Holiday Pageant Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Mitby Theater of the Truax Campus.

Tickets can be purchased online at $9 general admission, $7 for Seniors and free for students with a One Card.


Published November 26, 2018.

Miller Park chef shares crowd-pleasing secrets

Chef Seth VanderLaan knows how to develop innovative menus to please a variety of tastes. As executive chef for Miller Park, he oversees culinary operations including foods served in luxury suites, the Club Level restaurant and the team clubhouse.

VanderLaan will be the next featured chef for the Madison College Chef Series presented by the Vollrath Company and hosted by Kyle Cherek. The event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Demonstration Kitchen at Madison College's Truax Campus. Reserve tickets now to hear his story and taste some of his cuisine. Come at 5:30 p.m. for beverages and appetizers.


Published November 23, 2018. Updated December 7, 2018.