Madison College News

Extended service hours announced

Most Student Development and Success service departments will offer extended service hours Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 28 through Thursday, Aug. 31 from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Regular service hours will resume on Friday, Sept. 1.

Published August 21, 2017. Updated August 25, 2017.

Instructor warns of bogus eclipse glasses

Madison College astronomy instructor Dixie Burns tells eclipse watchers to be sure they have proper eclipse viewing glasses. In an interview with Channel 3 News, Burns said counterfeit glasses could harm eyesight. She will watch through binoculars with special filters. Burns also did interviews with WIBA Radio, Wisconsin Radio Network and Channel 15.

Published August 16, 2017.

Student Services will reduce hours for Convocation

All student services offices at all Madison College campuses will be closed on Tuesday, August 22 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. for college-wide staff in-service. Most Student Development and Success service units will reopen at 1 p.m. 

Published August 9, 2017. Updated August 10, 2017.

College welcomes first Scholars of Promise

More than 200 students and their parents attended the welcome reception for the inaugural cohort of Scholars of Promise, a new initiative that provides funds to meet financial needs for talented students and surrounds them with services to help them succeed. President Jack Daniels assured the students they will be supported throughout their career at Madison College. Dr. Ketih Cornille, senior vice president Student Development and Success, told them they are the future leaders of the college.


The Scholars will attend a Learn to Learn camp this month and begin classes with other Madison College students on August 28.


The Capital Times covered the welcome event and spoke with several students.

Published July 25, 2017.

South Campus event offers hands-on application help

Madison College's South Campus is offering a Smart Start event including help with the application and financial aid process on Saturday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will be guided through the initial steps toward becoming a Madison College student.


Seats are limited to 20 students and advance registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Complete event registration online or call (608) 243-4200. the South Campus is located at 2238 S. Park Street. Future Smart Start events will be held on October 14 and November 18.


The Capital City Hues recently published an interview with Tina Ahedo, associate dean and campus manager, about plans to make South a more comprehensive campus

Published July 24, 2017. Updated July 25, 2017.

Gallery displays history of Madison College

A photographic display at Madison College's Gallery at Truax shows how the college has developed over the past 105 years. "Appreciating our Past: A Photographic History of Madison College" uses historic photos to show how the college has served students throughout the district. Beginning with 63 students in a single classroom, the college now has nine campuses with more than 36,000 students enrolled.


The Gallery at Truax is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located inside the Wright Street entrance, the gallery is an art and exhibition space for all programs offered at the college.


Published July 24, 2017. Updated July 25, 2017.

Free workshop for entrepreneurs scheduled

The Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship will offer a free workshop, "Business organizations, Tax and Legal Status," Tuesday, July 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the West Campus, 8017 Excelsior Drive.


Instructors Norma Kropp, Jodi Cooper and Kim Varsho will present a number of factors entrepreneurs should keep in mind before starting their businesss. The session will include an introduction to the basic forms of business enterprises. Sole enterprises, partnerships, corporations and LLCs will be examined and compared. Liability and tax implications will also be discussed.


Interested entrepreneurs should register online to attend.

Published July 17, 2017.

Optometric technician makes a difference for transplant patients

Andreea Bauknecht, a graduate of Madison College's Optometric Technician program, enjoyed the hands-on learning and clinical experience she got in the program. Bauknecht found a job she loves at the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. Read more about Bauknecht's professional journey.

Published July 11, 2017.

County executive went from dropout to public servant

Joe Parisi tells Madison365 how Madison College helped him along the way to becoming Dane County Executive. Parisi dropped out of high school and played drums in a rock band before earning his GED and enrolling at Madison College at the age of 28. A caring instructor encouraged him.

Published July 11, 2017.

Student overcomes past, becomes Scholar of Promise

Despite some trouble in his past, Preston Bratz recently graduated from La Follette High School and will join the first cohort of Madison College Scholars of Promise. His story was published in the Wisconsin State Journal. The new program provides financial aid and other assistance to promising students who may be the first in their family to attend college.

Published July 11, 2017.