Madison College News

Local restaurateur Tory Miller shares secrets of success

Chef Tory Miller, owner of L’Etoile, Graze, Sujeo and Estrellón restaurants, will present “Four Seasons, Four Restaurants” at Madison College’s new demonstration kitchen Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is part of the college’s Center for Entrepreneurship Chef Series.

Miller specializes in dishes made from locally grown, sustainable, organic ingredients, executed in part through a rigorous “put-by” system, in which he preserves summer produce for use year-round. He has earned two James Beard awards for Best Chef, Midwest and is an active member of Slow Food USA and the Chef’s Collaborative.

The Series focuses on the entrepreneurial journey of each of the guest chefs and the challenges they overcame along the way. The chefs will also share methods of preparation they use, offer a cooking demonstration and serve appetizers they have prepared.

This presentation is free to Madison College students and a limited number of tickets are available to the public for $25.

Future events include:

  • Thursday, March 23, “The Heritage Farm Story,” presented by Chef Dan Fox, owner and executive chef of Heritage Tavern
  • Wednesday, Apr. 19, “The Making of Pig in a Fur Coat,” presented by Daniel Bonanno, chef of Pig in a Fur Coat
  • Wednesday, May 10, “Sardine, Marigold Kitchen, Gates and Brovi,” presented by Phillip Hurley and John Gadau, owners and co-executive chefs of these Madison restaurants

Published February 8, 2017. Updated March 6, 2017.

New program makes college possible for low-income students

Scholars of Promise, a new Madison College program, provides financial aid, advising, support and lots more.

High school juniors and seniors in the Madison College District may be eligible for payment of a portion of their tuition and fees for up to six consecutive semesters at the college. To apply you must submit the Madison College Admissions application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a written essay by April 1. Fall applicants will be notified by the end of June or early July.

Contact Javier Neira Salazar at (608) 246-6036 or email to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Published February 6, 2017.

New full-service salon opens at Truax campus

Madison College Cosmetology students will show off the spacious new Trustyle Salon with an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Truax campus. The salon features shampooing stations, hair styling chairs, manicure and pedicure stations and private rooms for facials.


To learn more about the Cosmetology technical diploma and the Cosmetology Apprenticeship visit the web site.


A complete list of services and prices for the salon is also available on the college web site. All services are performed by students and supervised by licensed instructors.


Call 608-246-6068 to schedule your appointment and ask about monthly specials.

Published February 3, 2017.

CNC machining graduates in high demand

Andre Herritz, a Reedsburg resident and graduate of the Madison College Machine Tool Technics program, also earned a certificate in computer-numeric controlled machining that led to a successful manufacturing career.

Herritz is now a manufacturing engineering supervisor for Milwaukee Valve Co. in Prairie du Sac. His story was included in a recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal about this high-demand field that starts with a technical college education.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, demand for workers in the CNC machining field will continue to grow, especially for CNC programmers.



Published February 1, 2017.

Entrepreneurship Center's Chef Series begins Jan. 31

Nationally known chef and owner of HotChocolate restaurant in Chicago, Mindy Segal, will present first for the Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship’s Chef Series. The series will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. in the Truax demonstration kitchen. Segal will talk about her journey as an entrepreneur and demonstrate some of her award-winning pastry skills.

Chef Joe Gaglio, Culinary Arts instructor, talked with Channel 3 reporters about the upcoming event providing more information about the Chef Series.

Before opening her own restaurant, Segal plied her trade in some of Chicago’s finest restaurants including Ambria, Charlie Trotter’s, Marché and MK. In 2012, Segal was named the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Pastry Chef” after receiving five nominations in previous years. She is the author of the bestselling cookbook “Cookie Love.”

Segal has appeared on The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, The Food Network and in Food and Wine, Bon Appétit and The New York Times. 

“Cookies and Cream with Mindy Segal” is free (limited seats available) to Madison College students. A limited number of tickets are also available to the public for $25 on Eventbrite.

Future events in the series include:

  • Monday, Feb. 22, “Four Seasons Four Restaurants,” presented by Tory Miller, owner and executive chef of L’Etoile, Graze, Sujeo and Estrellón
  • Thursday, Mar. 23, “The Heritage Farm Story,” presented by Chef Dan Fox, owner and executive chef of Heritage Tavern
  • Wednesday, Apr. 19, “The Making of Pig in a Fur Coat,” presented by Daniel Bonanno, chef of Pig in a Fur Coat
  • Wednesday, May 10, “Sardine, Marigold Kitchen, Gates and Brovi,” presented by Phillip Hurley and John Gadau, owners and co-executive chefs of these three Madison restaurants

Published January 20, 2017. Updated January 27, 2017.

Growth of renewable energy brings jobs

Ken Walz, Madison College instructor, talked with Channel 3's Dave Delozier about the increase in renewable energy usage in the U.S. and Wisconsin at the 6th Annual Renewable Energy Summit held in Madison.

"There was more electricity installed this past year from wind and solar than from any other sources," Walz told Delozier.

Madison College offers certificate programs in Renewable Energy, Photovoltaics and Wind Energy Technology.

Published January 20, 2017.

Entrepreneurship workshops scheduled for spring

Business Planning Series and the Center for Entrepreneurship will offer several workshops this spring at the Truax Campus.

  • "Dreaming of Becoming an Entrepreneur" will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 6-8 p.m.
  • "Business Model Canvas" will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15
  • "Protecting your Intellectual Property" will be held Wednesday, Mar. 1
  • "Marketing and Social Media for Startups" is set for Wednesday, Mar. 8
  • "Business Organizations, Tax, and Legal Status" will be presented Wednesday, Mar. 22
  • "Financials for Startups" will be held Wednesday, April 5

Registration details and information on all workshops may be found on the Center for Entrepreneurship site.


Published January 20, 2017.

Reedsburg & Portage Closed 1/17

Due to inclement weather, the Reedsburg and Portage campuses will remain closed on Tuesday, Jan. 17. 

Published January 17, 2017.

Extended service hours offered

At the start of the Spring semester, most Student Development and Success service units will offer extended service hours until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 – Thursday, Jan. 19. 

Check each service unit's webpage for more details on hours. 

Published January 17, 2017.

Student overcomes challenges to pursue dream career

Alondra Reyes Ponce, a Madison College student, was among the recipients of the Wisconsin Job Honor Awards, an initiative aimed at recognizing Wisconsinites who have overcome barriers to employment.

A Mexican immigrant, Reyes Ponce became homeless while in high school. School officials recommended Middle College, a dual credit program at Madison College designed to nurture, academically challenged students at risk of not meeting their potential in traditional high school. She completed an internship at UW Health Dialysis Clinic and after graduating from Middle College and high school, was hired as a dialysis technician trainee.

Reyes Ponce is continuing her studies and aspires to become a pediatrician.

Her story was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Published January 17, 2017.