Madison College News

Regional Campuses Closure

Due to inclement weather, all Madison College campuses, with the exception of the main Truax campus are closed effective immediately.

There are a handful of events scheduled at the main Truax campus today and tomorrow; those events will proceed as scheduled. However, no other services will be available, including the library and testing.

We expect operations to resume at all campuses Monday morning, Dec. 19. Instructors are asked to make arrangements with students for completion of courses.


Published December 16, 2016.

Midyear commencement coming up

The 2016 Midyear Commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the H. Douglas Redsten Gymnasium on the Truax Campus, 1701 Wright Street, Madison. There is no limit to how many guests graduates may invite and no charge for admission or parking.

Family and friends can watch the commencement ceremony through a live video broadcast

Published December 6, 2016. Updated December 15, 2016.

New date for South Campus Community Forum

Madison College is hosting three community forums to discuss how the college will engage the South Madison community over the next several months in the planning for this facility and the academic programs and student services in greatest need.
The next community forum will be held Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park St., Suite 200, Madison.
The forum originally scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12 will now be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development, 1917 Lake Point Dr., Madison.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided.

Published December 6, 2016.

College choral groups present Holiday Concert

Join the Madison College music department’s choirs in their annual celebration of the holiday season. Under the direction of Jim Langkamp, the Madison Community Show Choir and the Madison College Chorale will present their Holiday Choir Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Truax Mitby Theater.
Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for seniors and students.
For tickets or other information, please call the Mitby Theater box office at (608) 243-4000.

Published December 1, 2016.

IT Department will welcome visitors Dec. 7

The Information Technology Education department will hold an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The open house will be located on the third floor of the Health Education/IT building at the Truax campus, 1705 Hoffman Street.
Visitors will have a chance to tour the lab spaces and see student and tech demos, as well as talk with advising, recruitment and program faculty about the IT programs offered. 

Published December 1, 2016.

Financial resources available for students

Madison College has partnered with American Student Assistance (ASA) to provide a new resource to our students and alumni called SALT. SALT is a multichannel financial education and debt management program that educates and engages students and alumni to take control of their finances.
Madison College is taking a lead role in higher education by providing this comprehensive program as part of a well-rounded college education. SALT will empower our students with financial skills during college and beyond.
SALT offers:

  • A scholarship search tool linked to a database worth more than $14 billion.
  • SALT Courses – a series of highly interactive online financial education lessons.
  • Proactive communication about student loan repayment options.
  • One-on-one repayment counseling with student loan experts.
  • Multiple “self-serve” online tools and calculators.

Encourage students to take advantage of this new benefit offered by Madison College. In addition to these online resources, SALT offers curriculum and workshop materials to help us easily incorporate financial education into our classrooms and programs. Please contact Brittanie Dempsey, Financial Aid analyst, if you are interested in learning more about these educational resources or how to get more involved in this important initiative. 
For more information, watch this brief SALT video tour that provides an overview of the SALT program. To see the program first-hand, visit this link to create your own SALT account. 

Published December 1, 2016.

College seeks community input for South Campus expansion

In May 2016, the Madison College District Board directed college administrators to identify an expanded facility to serve South Madison and the surrounding area.

The college will host three community forums to discuss how it will engage the South Madison community over the next several months in the planning for this facility and the academic programs and student services that are in greatest need there.

Forums will be held:

  • Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, 4619 Jenewein Rd., Madison
  • Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m., Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park Street, Suite 2000, Madison
  • Monday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m., Latino Academy of Workforce Development, 1917 Lake Point Dr., Madison


Published November 30, 2016. Updated December 5, 2016.

Thanksgiving shutdown announced

All Madison College campuses will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The college will reopen Monday, Nov. 28.

Published November 16, 2016.

New West campus will open in January

The new West campus, located at 8017 Excelsior Drive, will be ready for credit and non-credit professional and continuing education classes starting in January of 2017.
This newly renovated space will provide easy access for students interested in program classes for business, liberal arts transfer, and pre-health programs. We are excited to offer this new location as an option for students who want to take classes on the west side of Madison with easy access to the Beltline, nearby shopping and restaurants, and free parking.
Madison Metro bus service (Route 15) as well as the campus free shuttle make it easy for students to travel between Truax and the West Campus. Six classrooms, two computer labs, a biology lab, a kitchen lab and student computer and support areas will be available for both credit and non-credit classes.
A complete list of classes offered for Spring 2017 can be found on the Madison College website by clicking on Search Classes and choosing West Madison as the campus location.

Published November 11, 2016.

Fox47 takes a tour of the new culinary labs

Michelle Carolla of Fox47 News took a tour of the expanded culinary lab at the Truax campus. The story featured Chef Paul Short, program director, and student Kayla Strom. Short said Madison College is now poised to be a major player in the culinary scene and is ready to meet industry growth due to television shows and social media.
The college offers an associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Culinary Production Specialist technical diploma producing about 120 graduates per year. The expanded facilities will allow for more students to enroll in the program and gives each student their own station. In addition, the demonstration kitchen allows chefs and students to connect with other schools, conferences and media outlets.

Published November 4, 2016.