Madison College News

Commencement to be broadcast online

The Midyear 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the H. Douglas Redsten Gymnasium at Madison College Truax Campus.


Anyone who is unable to attend the 2017 Midyear Commencement Ceremony in person can watch a live video broadcast.


If the link is not working the day of the ceremony due to high traffic or other reasons, try this backup link for the video broadcast.


By choosing the link for the broadcast, 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. It will not be able to be viewed on any mobile device.


However, the 2017 Midyear Commencement Ceremony will be trans-coded and will be available for on-demand viewing approximately two hours after the end of the ceremony on a computer at this same link. It will also be available for on-demand viewing at the same link on mobile devices within 24 hours after the end of the ceremony.


Published December 11, 2017. Updated December 14, 2017.

Cisco Systems celebrates partnership at Madison College

Representatives of Cisco Systems, Wisconsin educators and Gov. Scott Walker joined to celebrate 20 years of the Wisconsin Cisco Networking Academy Dec. 6 at Madison College.


Jack E. Daniels III, president of Madison College, welcomed John Morgridge, chairman emeritus of Cisco Systems, and other dignitaries to the event.


Morgridge founded the Cisco Networking Academy, a skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals throughout the world. Cisco provides the curriculum, learning platform and support resources. Local schools and colleges hire instructors, provide equipment and enroll the students.


Madison College was chosen to host the celebration because of its long-standing leadership in offering Cisco Networking Academy certifications and instructor training, and for serving as a Technical Service Center that supports Academies statewide. Information technology professionals also take training courses and tests for Cisco Certification at Madison College. The college offers the Cisco Certified Networking Associate Certificate and the Cisco Entry Networking Technician. The IT-Network Specialist degree program prepares students to test for many Cisco certifications.



WKOW reported on the event with this story.

Published December 7, 2017.

Native American art exhibit reception Dec. 7

Madison College's Gallery 211 is currently displaying works by Native American artists Chris Pappan and Debra Yepa-Pappan at Gallery 211, 211 N. Carrol St., Room D011. A free public reception and artists' talk for "Continuum," will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 from 3-5 p.m., at Gallery 211. The show will continue through Dec. 15.


The Wisconsin State Journal featured the exhibit in the Sunday, Nov. 26 edition.

Published December 5, 2017.

Workshop on freelancing set for Dec. 6

Becoming a Freelancer in the Gig Economy will be offered Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Truax Campus, Health Building, Room 309.


In this first of three workshops, attendees will learn how 54 million Americans representing one third of the entire workforce are participating in the gig economy. The presenter will cover the basics of getting started including the following topics:

  • Is freelancing right for me?
  • Getting organized for independent work.
  • Most in-demand skills for freelancers.
  • Honing your products and/or services.
  • Building your portfolio and branding yourself.
  • Tools and resources for freelancers.

Presenter Matt Nelson is an entrepreneur and freelance marketing consultant based in Madison specializing in social media marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) and WordPress. Nelson is also the organizer of the local monthly Freelancers Spark meetup group at 100state, founder and director of Grow Madison, a nonprofit that taps local experts to teach hands-on technology and business building workshops. He is also co-founder and partner at Local Route Labs, an indie video game studio that produces Disc Golf Unchained, a mobile video game on Android and iOS, and co-founder of Moov which will provide a map-based platform for volunteers to find exciting opportunities with local nonprofits.


Register here for this workshop.

Published November 27, 2017.

Thanksgiving campus closure announced

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Nov. 26 in observance of Thanksgiving. Classes and services will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.

Published November 14, 2017. Updated November 15, 2017.

Madison College celebrates first generation students

Waii Kukimiya is just one of many first generation students at Madison College. After surviving a difficult childhood, she found her true family in the TriO program with other students facing challenges.


Madison College is joining other colleges nationwide to celebrate first generation students with a series of events Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Intercultural Exchange at the Truax Campus. Events begin at 10 a.m. with a faculty panel presentation.


From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be food, games, informational tables and music. At noon students can learn about the Badger Promise program at the U.W.-Madison providing financial assistance and support for qualifying students. Following that presentation, at 12:30 p.m. two people who have benefited from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will share their stories. Finally, at 1 p.m. a panel of Madison College alumni will speak about their success after graduation.


Published November 8, 2017.

USA Olympic Culinary Team coming to Madison College

The USA Olympic Culinary Team is coming to Madison College for a once-in-a-lifetime event on Sunday, Nov. 12. The team will prepare a four-course meal in the college’s culinary kitchens to raise money for the 2020 Olympics. Tickets are available for this special Sunday dinner from 6-9 p.m. at the Truax Campus.


Published November 7, 2017.

Madison College's new South Campus on fast track for completion

During a joint news conference Monday, Oct. 30, officials from Madison College and Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and affiliates placed the construction of the college’s new South Campus in its entirety on the fast track by sharing details of a contribution to complete the second phase of the project, and issuing challenge grant for the third and final phase.


The project was introduced in three phases. The first includes purchase of the site currently occupied by the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds at the intersection of Badger Road and Park Street and will include spaces for learning and some student services. Phase Two will increase the usable space to up to 45,000 square feet and include community meeting spaces, additional classrooms and support services. Phase Three will expand the complex to a total approaching 75,000 square feet and include a comprehensive suite of student services, community access to social service and community-based organizations, and additional classrooms and community meeting spaces.


Richard D. George, president and CEO of Great Lakes, said his organization is committing $3 million to construct the second phase of the project and announced a $3.5 matching grant to complete the final phase. With this challenge grant, Great Lakes is looking to engage the community in completing the project. If Madison College successfully raises $3.5 million before March 31, 2018, Great Lakes will match that amount dollar for dollar and assure the campus will be completed in its entirety in 2019.

Published October 30, 2017.

College offers court reporting, captioning, webcasting event

Madison College will offer an opportunity to learn about court reporting, captioning and webcasting careers Tuesday, Oct. 17 and Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10  a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atrium at the Truax Campus.


Students and faculty will be available to discuss career opportunities and the degree program. They will demonstrate state-of-the-art realtime technology and attendees can try it out too.


Interested individuals may schedule a free "hands-on" bootcamp to further explore the field.

This program has 100 percent placement rate with an average starting salary of $45,000.

Published October 13, 2017.

Students offer Car Care Clinic Oct. 28

The annual Car Care Clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Truax Campus. Enter the north side of the building and look for signs leading to the Center Court.


Automotive students and instructors will be checking belts, hoses and other key items—plus topping off any needed fluids. Owners will be notified of any car problems but no repair work will be done at the clinic.


Those attending the clinic are asked to donate a non-perishable food item for the student food pantry.

Published October 13, 2017.