Madison College News

South Campus to host open house event

Visitors can learn about programs offered, meet instructors, or talk with an advisor at the South Campus Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 4. Staff will help attendees apply to the college for free or register for fall classes. Financial aid information will also be available.

The campus is located at 2238 South Park St. For more information call 608-243-4200 or email


Published July 20, 2018.

Regional campuses welcome visitors

Madison Area Technical College campuses in Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown will host open house events in August. Individuals can learn about programs of study, career options, campus services, facilities and how to apply by attending an open house.

The events will include hands-on activities and demonstrations such as fingerprinting, office technology, steno writing, patient simulation, drone operation and K9 demonstration. Attendees will have a passport to be marked at each open house area and activity. Anyone who completes a passport will be eligible to win a $400 scholarship. Faculty and staff members will be available to answer questions, give tours and help with filling out the online application.

Registration is not required. Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided. All events begin at 3 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.

Dates are as follows:

  • Fort Atkinson: Tuesday, August 7
  • Portage: Wednesday, August 8
  • Reedsburg: Thursday, August 9
  • Watertown:  Wednesday, August 15

For more information contact or call 608-243-4248.

Published July 18, 2018.

Firefighters can now earn degree online

Firefighters can now earn an associate degree even while working 24-hour shifts. Madison Area Technical College has created an online Fire Protection Technician degree program. Enrollment is open for the first cohort to begin in fall 2018.

“Previously, students who were hired before completing the program had no way to earn the degree since they worked nights and weekends,” said Dillon Gavinski, program director. “There was desire within the industry and from our own students for an online option.” Generally, firefighters need a degree to advance into administrative or leadership positions.

After earning the Fire II and EMT certifications in person, students can enroll in the degree program and take the remainder of required courses through recorded lectures, discussion boards, computer-based assignments and assessments.

Courses are taught on a semester basis and individuals can take one course at a time or enroll as full-time students. The program includes 20 courses for a total of 62 credits. Some fire departments cover the costs of the degree through tuition reimbursement or tuition incentive pay to.

“This is the first program of its kind offered in our state,” Gavinski said. The curriculum meets the minimum standards of excellence established by Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Recognition professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA). For those who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree, the Madison College credits are also transferable.

Published July 12, 2018. Updated July 16, 2018.

Art classes move to Truax, Commerical Avenue

Beginning this fall, all Madison College Art Transfer Courses, previously offered at the Downtown Education Center, will be offered at the Truax and Commercial Avenue campuses.

The courses are accepted with full credit by two-year and four-year programs in the University of Wisconsin System, Edgewood College and many other institutions. College Transfer Art credits can be used as elective credits or toward an Associate Degree in Art.

Foundation and intermediate courses are available in design, drawing, painting, jewelry-art metal, ceramics, photography and art history. Foundation courses are required at most four-year schools before more advanced study.





Published June 29, 2018. Updated July 9, 2018.

West Campus to hold open house

Madison College's West Campus, 8017 Excelsior Drive, will be open for visitors Tuesday, July 10 from 3-7 p.m. Attendees can meet with an advisor, apply to Madison College for free and get help with the financial aid application.

For more information about this event call 608-616-1090 or email


Published June 29, 2018. Updated July 2, 2018.

Campuses closed for Independence Day

All Madison College campuses and district buildings will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Services will resume on Thursday, July 5.

Online resources are available 24/7 at via askMadisonCollege. Check the Department Directory to verify service hours by individual department.


Published June 27, 2018. Updated June 28, 2018.

Optometric Technician graduate enjoys her career

Lauren Johnson, a graduate of the one-year optometric technician diploma and the eight-week clinical ophthalmic assistant certificate, told the Wisconsin State Journal she enjoys the balace of personal responsibility and professional support in her work at the UW Health University Station Eye Clinic. She was interviewed for the Shifting Careers Series.

Johnson interacts with patients, performs preliminary tests and assists ophthalmologists with procedures.

Graduate opthalmic assistants can expect to earn $17.25 to $18.25 per hour with benefits with a 20 to 25 percent raise after one year.

Published June 25, 2018. Updated June 27, 2018.

Instructors invite women to consider firefighting

Female instructors from Madison College's firefighting programs gave women a taste of the skills involved in that career on Saturday during Madison Women in Fire/EMS. Participants in the day-long workshop learned to gear-up, use a hose and crawl through a maze. They also learned the importance of team work in fighting fires. Instructors for the event included: Chief Tracy Burrus, Lieutenant Liza Tatar, Carri Holloway, Jen Blair and Hornung, all members of the Madison Fire Department.

Hornung, organizer of the event, was interviewed by several media outlets including WISC Channel 3, The Cap Times and WKOW Channel 27.

The college offers a Fire Protection Technician degree and a Fire Service Certification.



Published June 25, 2018.

UW-Madison, Madison College to develop STEM Transfer Transition Program

A $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will help UW-Madison and Madison College develop stronger support systems for transfer students in science, technology, engineering and math. The program will serve as a model for other Wisconsin institutions.

Faculty and staff from Madison College and UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater and the UW-System's two-year institutions will provide professional development on pre- and post-transfer support for STEM students with the goal of increasing the graduation rate of STEM transfer students throughout Wisconsin.

Read more about the grant and Madison College's role in the announcement from UW-Madison or from the Wisconsin State Journal.


Published June 20, 2018.

Learn how to become a freelancer

Madison-based freelancer and entrepreneur Matt Nelson will lead a discussion on how to freelance in the current economy Tuesday, July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Madison College's Truax Campus. Nelson will also describe how to get a business started and share valuable tips on how to find new clients, manage existing clients and how to package and price your services.

Register for the "Freelancing in the Gig Economy" two-hour workshop. There is no cost to attend.


Published June 20, 2018.