Media Watch

Is Your Check Engine Light On?

Here's a great way to get your car repaired and give our students valuable work experience at the same time!

If your "check engine" light is on--or your vehicle has poor acceleration, starts hard or has a rough idle--the Automotive program can help.

The Drivability Diagnosis class runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:06 a.m at the Truax campus. If you want your vehicle checked out, just email automotive instructor " rel="nofollow">Dave Heinzen and he'll contact you to schedule a time.

Dave needs to know:
-Your name
-Your vehicle year, make and model
-The symptom/complaint

Thanks for supporting of our program.

Dave Heinzen
Automotive Instructor
(608) 246-6822


Published September 18, 2009.

MATC Student Wins Prestigious Award

Madison Area Technical College student Ben Janke earned a special Medallion for Excellence at the recent WorldSkills competition in Calgary, Canada.

The 21-year-old Janke finished eighth in the world championships with 504 points—the highest point total ever by an American competitor in the car painting event of the competition. He missed a bronze medal by just 14 points.

“It’s the best experience I’ve had in my life,” says Janke, of Marshall, WI. “I will never forget the feeling of carrying the U.S. Flag across the stage during the opening ceremony. It was a chance to share the passion of what I love to do with so many other people and countries.”

Janke, who had to win rigorous local, regional and national competitions to compete in the WorldSkills event, hopes to own his own shop some day—either a collision repair center or a custom paint and hot rod restoration house.

WorldSkills was established in 1950 to bring attention to the crucial role that skills, trades and technologies play in the success of a modern global economy.

Altogether, nearly 900 competitors competed for medals in 45 skilled trades and technology categories in the WorldSkills event. 

Are you interested in an award-winning career? Just click on the Future Students tab on our homepage and check out all the wonderful programs of success at Madison Area Technical College. Or just give us a call at 800-322-6282.  

Published September 17, 2009.

Words of Wisdom

What should every first-time student know about college? The Capital Times posed that interesting question to area higher education experts...including ours at Madison Area Technical College. You'll want to read their words of wisdom.

Some of the replies are straight-forward, while others are more thought-provoking. One thing is for sure--you'll want to read every one.  

Are you thinking about enrolling in college? We can answer all of your questions and help jump start your new career!

Please check out the future students link on our homepage or give us a call at 800-322-6282.




Published September 2, 2009.

Senator Kennedy's Contributions to Community Colleges

Madison Area Technical College President Dr. Bettsey Barhorst joins other members of the national “Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities,” in honoring the life of Senator Edward Kennedy and his countless contributions to people living with disabilities.

The Consortium had the privilege of working directly with Senator Kennedy on recently enacted legislation that would authorize innovative post-secondary programs for students with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Senator Kennedy requested $35 million in funding to be provided in the fiscal year 2010 budget for programs that would benefit post-secondary students with these disabilities. 

Madison Area Technical College is seeing a steady increase in the number of students who identify themselves as having a autism spectrum disorder, and serves more than 1,000 students per year through its Disability Resource Services. In fact, there has been a 34 percent increase in the number of students on the autism spectrum over last year.

According to Dr. Barhorst the college was approached to join the national consortium because Madison has a national reputation for being highly responsive to the needs of families with children who have autism and intellectual disabilities.

“We didn’t hesitate to become part of this important national effort which was lead by Senator Kennedy, because we have a significant number of students with disabilities and we are proud to provide the education and training they need,” added Barhorst. “Senator Kennedy was a great friend to people with disabilities and he will be missed by all of us who shared his passion for equality.”

To learn more about how Madison Area Technical College is helping students with disabilities,
please call (608) 246-6716 or 246-6791.

Published August 31, 2009.

Fall Semester Off to a Big Start

The fall semester is now underway at Madison Area Technical College...and the hallways are a lot more crowded.

Degree credit enrollment is up 13 percent compared to last fall. That’s on top of a 20 percent increase at the college this summer.

“This is an exciting time for community and technical colleges,” says Madison Area Technical College President Bettsey Barhorst. “We’re playing a vital role in teaching displaced workers new job skills, while helping families save thousands of dollars in tuition through our high quality Liberal Arts Transfer program.”

Madison Area Technical College is also growing in another way. The college is opening the doors to its new West Side campus. Located in the former Famous Footwear building on Mineral Point Road, the new campus will be home to the college’s police, fire and EMS students. It will have state-of-the-art classrooms and training facilities. The new West Side campus will also offer arts and sciences classes.

To learn more about programs and classes at Madison Area Technical College check out the information on our homepage or call 800-322-6282.

Published August 24, 2009.

Not Your Father's Technical College

What's in a name? That's a good question when you consider there's a MATC in Madison and also in Milwaukee. Madison Area Technical College recently looked at possibly changing its formal name to help avoid confusion and better prepare itself for the future.

During a recent editorial on Channel 3 News, Editorial Director Neil Heinen said Madison Area Technical College is "not your father's technical college." He went on to talk about all the exciting "new opportunities" that lie ahead for students at our community college.

We thank Neil for his kind words and invite you to watch his brief editorial.

Published August 17, 2009.

College After Combat

How will the new GI Bill affect my financial aid? That's a question many military veterans are asking as they prepare for fall classes at Madison Area Technical College.

MATC recently held two Veterans Education Information Sessions to help keep veterans up-to-date on how the new GI Bill will impact their education.

MATC's veteran population has almost doubled in recent years. It's expected that between the GI Bill and the return of military veterans overseas, MATC will see close to 500 new veteran students. The college is using a $100,000 grant to create a new veterans service office and is also offering special tutoring groups for veterans.

The Capital Times recently wrote an article on how MATC is helping veterans. If you're a veteran and have questions about the new GI Bill or returning to school, please call MATC's Veterans Advisor Michael Shumway at (608) 246-6289.

Published August 6, 2009.

MATC Opens New West Side Location

Madison Area Technical College, which has seen an increase in enrollment this summer and fall, is opening a new location on Madison's west side this August. The college is moving into the former Famous Footwear building on Mineral Point Road.

"It's an area we think we need to expand into," says MATC Vice President of Instrastructure Roger Price.

MATC West will be home to human and protective services classes (police, fire, etc.), as well as arts and sciences courses.The fall semester begins August 24.

MATC has seen a 20 percent increase in enrollment this summer and a 13 percent increase this fall.

Published July 23, 2009.

MATC Foundation Receives Heartfelt Thank You Letters

Here’s a story that will touch your heart--while showing you the importance of a college education.

The MATC Foundation partnered with the Salvation Army to award nearly two dozen $150 stimulus grants this month to students who had become unemployed after October 2008. As you may have guessed—they were gone in a FLASH! 

We received a number of ”thank you” letters from students receiving the grants.
Here are two you’ll want to read.




Published July 22, 2009.

Does Your Computer Need to be Refreshed?

We’re close to completing the PC Refresh for faculty and staff and would like to make sure all of the computers scheduled for this refresh have been replaced.

Here are the models that need to be refreshed (you can find this information on your computer tower):
• Compaq Evo D510 CMT
• HP Compaq dc7100
• HP d530 CMT
• HP dx5150 MT

If you have one of these computers and have not yet replaced it, please contact the Help Desk at extension 6666 to have this done as soon as possible.

 We’ll need the following information to perform the refresh:
• Your name
• Your contact information (phone, email at MATC)
• Room number where the machine is located
• The Property Asset Tag ID# from the sticker on your PC
• List special software that needs to be added to your new machine (more detailed instructions will be provided when you receive your refresh worksheet)

Please remember this request is for staff and faculty machines only at this time. The labs and general access areas are being managed on a separate project over summer break. If your machine has already been refreshed, no response is necessary.

Thank you.
Technology Services

Published July 22, 2009.