Madison College News

Kyle Cherek to host Chef Series, Vollrath will sponsor

Food expert and television host Kyle Cherek will bring his expertise and wit to the Madison College Chef Series this fall when he becomes the celebrity host. Vollrath Company, producer of commercial food service equipment and supplies, has agreed to sponsor the series, which kicks off Oct. 23 and is open to the public.

For 10 seasons, Cherek has introduced audiences to food production and preparation throughout the state on his Emmy Award-winning program, “Wisconsin Foodie.” The show explores where food comes from and how it shapes culture.

The Chef Series introduces Culinary Arts students and foodies to local and regional chefs who share their entrepreneurial journey and cooking techniques.

Chef Justin Carlisle, owner of Ardent and two other restaurants in Milwaukee, will open the new season of the Chef Series Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. in the Demonstration Kitchen at the Truax Campus. Carlisle is a graduate of Madison College’s Culinary Arts degree program and for the past four years has been named James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef in the Midwest. Tickets for the event are available now.



Published September 21, 2018. Updated September 25, 2018.

FAFSA becomes available Oct. 1

Students who wish to receive financial aid must complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. The application for the 2019-2020 academic year will be availalble beginning Oct. 1. It determines a student's eligibility for grants, loans and work study.

Madison College has a priority deadline of April 15 to allow adequate time for processing before the academic year begins. The college recommends that students apply as early as possible.

The college offers free FAFSA workshops for prospective and current students throughout the year. If you require assistance with completing the application, Master Promissory Note (MPN), or Entrance Loan Counseling, register now. All workshops require advance registration and are held at the Truax campus. Register here for a FAFSA Workshop.



Published September 20, 2018. Updated September 21, 2018.

Diane's Delicious Diner takes reservations for fall

Madison College culinary students serve classical and ethnic dishes in a simulated restaurant environment at Diane's Delicious Diner, located in the Truax Campus near the Dane County Regional Airport.

The restaurant is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 2 through Dec. 6 with a few exceptions. Seating is promptly at noon and service lasts about two hours. The menu changes daily and the cost for all courses is $25 plus tax. Reservations are required and can be made online.


Published September 18, 2018.

STEM Speaker Series begins Sept. 19

The Madison College STEM Center is the access point for science, technology, engineering and mathematics exploration, inspiration and collaboration. The Center offers a speaker series featuring professionals from these fields for students or others interested in STEM careers.

The Fall 2018 STEM Speaker Series will begin Wednesday, Sept. 19 with Zong Her presenting her "Personal Journey into Information Technology." Her is the director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for the college. She will speak at 3:30 p.m. in Room E2800 at the Truax Campus. To register in advance visit Eventbrite.

Other upcoming events:

  • Paul Johnson, UW-Madison Department of Actuarial Sciences: "An Actuarian Career," Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room E2800.
  • Andy Kurth, Madison College: "Report from our Antarctic Weather Stations," Thursday, Oct. 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room E2800.
  • Visiting STEM faculty from the Netherlands, Tuesay, Oct. 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room E2800.

For more information about upcoming STEM Speakers or to register for future events visit

Published September 18, 2018. Updated September 24, 2018.

Court reporting instructor's career included 9/11 transcripts

Pamela Perry spent her last two years in the Marine Corps recording the proceedings of the 9/11 commissions at Camp Justice. Now she teaches court reporting at Madison College. People with these skills are in high demand and earn good incomes. To learn more read the article from the Wisconsin State Journal or visit these upcoming informational events:

  • Sun Prairie: Sept. 17-Oct. 15, Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sun Prairie Library

Madison College offers an associate degree in Court Reporting.



Published September 11, 2018. Updated September 12, 2018.

Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4

All Madison College campuses will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. Campuses will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Tuesday is also the first day of fall classes.


Published August 30, 2018. Updated August 31, 2018.

Gallery event offers networking opportunity

Madison College will host the Pop-up Art Mingle Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6-8 p.m. in the Gallery at Truax, 1701 Wright Street. The event marks the opening of an art show and market featuring work by local artists sponsored by the Madison College Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement and Dane Arts. The show will be on display Sept. 4-Oct. 19.

Collaborators for the reception include the Madison Network of Black Professionals, Latino Professionals Association, the Hmong Institute, Dane Arts and Madison College. To register for this free event visit Eventbrite.



Published August 22, 2018. Updated August 27, 2018.

Upcoming campus closures announced

All Madison College campuses will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. for staff in-service. Most student service departments will reopen at 1 p.m. Please check the Department Directory to confirm hours by individual department.
Additionally, all campuses will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. Campuses will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Published August 21, 2018.

Truax Campus Main Building will be closed Aug. 26

The Truax Main Building will be closed and completely inaccessible to employees and the public Sunday, Aug. 26, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Final electrical connections for the new roof-mounted solar panel systems will take place at this time. 

An emergency generator will provide power to the data center including cooling system, data closets, fire alarm and emergency light systems during the shutdown. Individuals will not be able to enter the building or access their desks or offices. No events will take place in the Truax Main Building that day.




Published August 17, 2018.

Instructor comments on clean energy jobs report

A new report on clean energy jobs in the Midwest shows about 75,044 such jobs in Wisconsin. Last year the report counted only 26,000 clean energy industry jobs. In an article in the Cap Times, Ken Walz, renewable energy instructor for Madison College, agrees that industry demand for Renewable Energy grads is growing. However, defining what should be included in that category can be difficult.

Walz told the Cap Times graduates of the Madison College Renewable Energy Certificate program work in installation, manufacturing, engineering and design-related jobs.




Published August 15, 2018.