Media Watch

9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

The Wisconsin State Journal recently published a beautiful photo from Madison College's 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony. 

The ceremony was sponsored by the College's Vets for Vets Club and the Volunteer Center. There were a number of guest speakers and students read the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks.

The victims' names were also shown on a "wall" at the Truax courtyard (which the photos shows).


Published September 16, 2010.

Al Studesville Helping Many Dislocated Workers


Madison College Counselor Al Studesville is a busy man at the college's Center for Adult Learning.

The Capital City Hues recently published an article about Al and all his hard work with dislocated workers.

Congratulations to Al and all the folks at the Center for Adult Learning.

Published September 14, 2010.

Madison College's Smart Community Plan Going to Voters

Madison Area Technical College's District Board has given the college's Smart Community Plan (facilities plan) the green light. Find out what the plan means for you, students and the community.

The Madison Area Technical College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday, September 8, that will ask voters for $133,770,000 to build a new Health Services Education Center, Advanced Green Manufacturing Center and a Protective Services Education Center.

The plan, which will be included on the November ballot, also includes renovation, expansion and upgrades for all campuses in Madison College’s 12 county district. The tax increase on a $245,000 home would average about $33 a year for the next 20 years.

Although the College’s comprehensive facilities plan totaled $380 million, the Board reduced the scope of the plan out of concern for taxpayers. 

“The Board did its due diligence to balance the clear needs the community had with its ability to afford these needs,” says District Board Chair Jon Bales. “The College has the responsibility to serve the needs of the community and the Board took this step to do that now and in the future.” 

Madison College President Bettsey Barhorst praised the Board for its support and vision. 

“This plan provides an opportunity for more students to learn in high-tech classrooms,” says Barhorst. “It’s what our students need for increasingly complex jobs that are essential to our community and our local economy.” 

The Board made its decision after a public hearing earlier in the evening, in which six people made comments. The last time Madison Area Technical College went to referendum was more than 35 years ago.

Published September 13, 2010.

Is Your Check Engine Light On?

Once again, our Driveability Diagnosis class is accepting work requests to diagnose vehicle driveability problems. Please read the rest of this very carefully if you think you have a vehicle that might be a candidate for this.

The vehicle must be exhibiting a "driveability" problem 
Driveability is defined as: "The general evaluation of an engine's operating qualities, including (but not limited to) idle smoothness, cold and hot starting, throttle response, and power delivery. Also the illumination of the malfunction indicator light- generally labeled as "check engine" or "service engine soon".

Priority will be given to later model vehicles
That means 1996 and newer. Depending on response, older vehicles may be considered.

Please contact me by e-mail with the following information:
*Year, Make and Model of vehicle
*Your request will go in a file that I periodically review throughout the quarter (next 4 weeks) as we need new jobs in the shop. I will contact you if and when we can use your vehicle.

The diagnostic work and labor is free. You pay for parts only.

If your vehicle is experiencing other problems than what was described above please stop in, or call the Madison College Auto Parts store (608) 246-6062 to fill out a work request form. One of the instructors in another specialty area may be able to help you out.

Thank you very much! We really appreciate the opportunity to use your vehicles as live training aids. Please consider a donation to the Automotive Club when your vehicle is finished.

Contact Dave Heinzen at (608) 246-6822.

Published September 13, 2010.

Madison College's Enrollment Takes Another Jump!

Madison Area Technical College's fall enrollment is up again this year. Find out how much!

It’s the start of a new school year at Madison Area Technical College and once again classrooms and hallways are crowded.

The number of degree credit full-time equivalent students (FTE) is up 5.2 percent—that’s on top of last fall’s 12 percent increase. Madison College administrators say the economy is not the only factor pushing enrollment.

“The historic growth rates we’ve experienced in the last two years will inevitably decline, but the number of individuals likely to access community and technical colleges will continue to rise nationally as the workplace changes and the university system experiences enrollment pressures,” says Terry Webb, Madison College’s vice president for learner success. “The major factors limiting our enrollment right now are resource based—not student demand based or economic need based.

Madison College programs with the largest enrollment increases include Human and Protective Services (police, fire and emergency medical services), Health and Safety Education, and Arts and Sciences.

Published September 13, 2010.

Madison College Retiree Talks About His Anti-War Era Experience

Retired Madison College political science instructor Al Whitaker speaks about being a student in the military during the Vietnam war in the article Tug of War.

Published September 8, 2010.

Sixth Annual Madison College Athletics Golf Outing!

Here's your chance to have fun golfing and help several good causes at the same time. The event is Friday, September 17.

Come celebrate more than 40 years of WolfPack Athletics at the 6th annual Madison College Athletics Golf Outing on Friday, September 17 at The Bridges Golf Course.

This is your opportunity to catch-up with former student-athletes, coaches, friends and supporters of Madison College Athletics. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Thomas Family Children Trust Fund and the Jim Russell Family Fund.

The golf outing is an 18-hole best ball scramble. Here's the schedule:

Noon    Registration
1 p.m.   Shotgun start
6 p.m.   Cookout, raffle and awards

Register online today!

Contact Madison College Athletics at (608) 245-2100.


Published September 7, 2010.

Madison College to Train Workers for 300 New Jobs

Madison Area Technical College will receive nearly $760,000 in federal grant money during the next two years to provide health information technology training that will help move Wisconsin toward a system of electronic medical records.

The grant is expected to help create 300 new jobs in our area. Here's Channel 3's story on the grant.

Published September 3, 2010.

Madison College Survey Gets Kudos in Channel 3 Editorial

Channel 3's Neil Heinen recently wrote a wonderful editorial about Madison College's Facilities Master Plan survey. Take a look.

Here's the text of Neil Heinen's editorial on Madison College. It aired recently on
WISC-TV (Channel 3).

Engaging Staff and Faculty is Smart Move

We've made no secret of the fact that we're fans of Madison College and we have great interest in their master planning process that has gone on since 2005. We consider the College an invaluable partner in the long term economic and creative growth of this region. But we acknowledge that expansion and a possible referendum require public understanding and buy in.

And there's no better place to start than with Madison College faculty and staff. So we are pleased to see President Bettsey Barhorst has developed an online survey to seek input on project phasing and the potential impact of a referendum from the people closest to the project itself. Barhorst can then use the information to make her recommendation to the College Board. It's smart thinking and we encourage the faculty and staff to weigh in.

Published August 30, 2010.

Two Moons Hoax

Earth will have two moons on Friday, August 27th!

At least that's what many people are reading on the internet. As you might have's a hoax. Madison Area Technical College astronomy instructor Dixie Burns was interviewed by the Wisconsin Radio Network about the hoax.

Click here to see the web story (there is also an audio link to the story at the bottom of the page). 

Published August 27, 2010.