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2014 Media Watch Archive

Madison College in the News

July 2014

Watertown Daily Times covered an event at Western Industries celebrating a grant received from the state of Wisconsin through the Blueprint for Prosperity program. The company partnered with Madison College Watertown Campus to train employees in welding and blueprint reading.

Madison College people news: Shawn Pfaff elected Madison College District Board Chair covered in Fitchburg Star; Jennifer Bakke named new Easter Region Dean covered in Inside Higher Ed, Watertown Daily Times, Community College Week, Community College Daily; Mark Thomas selected vice president of Administrative Services covered in Community College Daily and  Inside Higher Ed.

Sweet corn means summertime in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal asked Madison College culinary experts how best to prepare this local favorite.

The Madison Times covered a story on the college's $5 million state job training grant that will train nearly 1,000 area workers for in-demand careers.

A wooden desk created with historic wood by students for the U.S. Forest Service by students in Madison College instructor Patrick Molzahn's class last spring was featured in Design Solutions magazine' summer 2014 issue.

Channels 3, 15 and 27 stopped by the Madison College Protective Services Center to do a story on a "use of force" certification course for area law enforcement officers, cosponsored by the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Justice.

The Wisconsin State Journal and Channel 27 reported that Madison College will receive more than $5 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grants to train more workers for high-demand careers. Lt.Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited the campus to make the announcement.

Madison College student Iryna Petruniak, from the Ukraine, spoke with channels 3, 27 and 27 about the Malaysian plane crash in eastern Ukraine.

The Portage Daily Register featured Madison College student Nate Schmudlach took fourth place in the national SkillsUSA competition.

Madison College student Karissa Simyab's video entry about texting and driving, "The Note," made it into the top 10 videos in a national Teens Drive Smart contest hosted by Bridgestone Tires. If Simyab's video wins first place, she will receive a $20,000 scholarship. Karissa's story was covered on Channel 15.

Jonathan Pollack, Madison College history instructor, spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio about the history of immigration to the U.S. as context to the recent story surrounding Central American children entering the country.

Madison College instructor and retail expert Mae Laatsch talked to Channel 15 about back-to-school shopping trends and how parents can save money on school supplies.

Madison College recent graduate Joel Benson, was featured in the Herald-Independent. He was part of the Madison College Advanced Manufacturing Technology team who took gold at the national SkillsUSA competition. Other students on the team were Jon Kunkel and Scott Neperud.

Jen Roman, Madison College instructor and a captain with the Madison Fire Department, spoke with Channel 27 about this year's CampHERO, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of America. The event is a summer opportunity for girls to learn about careers in protective services.

Sabrina "Heymiss Progress" Madison, an administrative specialist for the Madison College School of Health Education, spoke to Channel 3 about improving relationships between black men and women. She founded and facilitates a program called "the Conversation Mixtape." She was also featured on Madison Magazine TV on Channel 3 and in the Capital City Hues.

A number of tragic events involving children in our area prompted channels 47 and 3 to seek out Madison College counselor John Boyne to talk about helping children cope with community tragedies.

Home staging is a popular method for increasing the selling price and decreasing the selling time of a house. Madison College instructor Debbie Lea spoke with Channel 15 about staging and house presentation.

Marketing and social media instructor Steve Noll was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's article about the Bartell Theatre's annual "Barties" awards show, a local version of the Tony awards. He is president of the board and producer of the awards show.

Know Your Madisonian, a regular section in the Wisconsin State Journal, featured Madison College anthropology instructor Luke Matthews. Popular with students, he was selected Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2010.

June 2014

Madison College President Jack Daniels III was featured in the Capital City Hues. He is meeting with people throughout the community to talk about the college's goals and strategic plan for the future.

Madison College Meeting and Event Management program director Janet Sperstad was featured in the June edition of Meeting Focus magazine. The publication lists Sperstad as a 2014 trendsetter.

The new Madison College Ingenuity Center was featured in the publication, Madison Region Economic Development. Dean Denise Reimer spoke about the Center and the college as providing a pipeline of trained individuals for advanced manufacturing.

The Baraboo Republic covered a new series of pasture management classes taught by agriculture instructor Randy Zogbaum. Each month from June to September participants visit a different farm to explore how they manage their animals on pasture.

Channel 3 visited the Madison College motorcycle safety class to discuss road tests and spoke with instructor Mark Engbring.

Sabrina Madison, an administrative assistant in the Madison College School of Health, was featured in The Capital Times for a discussion group she runs in Madison. The Conversation Mixtape helps African American women and men of all marital statuses to better understand each other and improve their relationships.

Madison College harmonica instructor, DeWayne Keyes, also known as The Harmonica Man, performed during Make Music Madison June 21. He was featured in an article about the event in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Governor Walker visited the Madison College Truax campus to promote his Better Bottom Line campaign and to talk about improving access to higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The media who attended the event also asked the governor about same-sex marriage and other issues in the news. The governor's visit was mentioned in stories the Wisconsin State Journal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Journal Times (Racine) and channels 3, 5 (Green Bay), 15, 27 and 47, as well as the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Because tv cameras are not allowed in federal courtrooms, Channel 3 recruited Madison College instructor Jim McKiernan to do sketches of the recent proceedings regarding the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Wisconsin. Graphic design instructor Chris Gargan helped with the story.

Channel 3 visited the Construction and Remodeling program Open House and interviewed instructor John Stephany about the house designed and built by students in the program. The story also ran on Fox 47.

Madison College student liaison to the District Board is Patty Hawkins. She was featured in her hometown paper, Sun Prairie Star.

Lynn Forseth and Cindy Bowen of the Madison College Fort Atkinson campus were featured in an article in the Daily Jefferson County Union about their work in helping to develop a new park in Fort Atkinson through the Project LEAD program.

The Wisconsin State Journal featured a story about Anita Rauch, the new CEO of the Heritage Credit Union. Rauch was a graduate of Madison College.

The Baraboo News Republic featured a story about a new managed grazing class at Madison College.

The Cambridge News and Deerfield Independent featured the second-place winner of the Madison College Challenge, a business plan competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Wisconsin State Journal took a look at health care interpreters and their role on medical teams. Madison College instructor Rebekka Gallardo was interviewed for the story.

Madison College Criminal Justice Department Chair Brian Landers spoke with the Wisconsin State Journal about police use of deadly force.

Madison College social media and mobile marketing instructor Kristin Uttech was a beta tester for Google Glass. The Capital Times ran a story about Uttech's take on this new product.

Capital City Hues covered the All-American indian and Alaskan Native Graduation Celebration hosted by Madison College.

English instructor Bernie Hoes was named a Madison College Distinguished Teacher of the Year for 2014, and the story was picked up by Capital City Hues.

Madison College counselor Delissa Scott received the Outstanding Educator Award from the group 100 Black Men of Madison. Capital City Hues covered the story.

Recent Madison College graduate Song Thao shared her story with  Capital City Hues about the challenges she faced on the road to a degree in nursing.

Madison College social media and marketing instructor Steve Noll spoke with the media about the attempted murder of a 12-year-old by two of her classmates enamored of the online character Slenderman. Noll discussed what parents can do to protect their children from Internet dangers with Wisconsin Radio Network and Channel 15

May 2014

Madison College President Jack Daniels responded to questions about the college, associate degrees, costs and other issues in a question-and-answer interview with a Jack Craver of the Capital Times.

A new ropes course at Madison College teaches teamwork and leadership skills. The Wisconsin State Journal interviewed Keith Cornille, senior vice president of Student Development and Recreation Management instructor Tracie Bowers about the value of the course.

The Wisconsin State Journal ran a story about Frances Huntley-Cooper returning to the Madison College District Board. Huntley-Cooper will begin her term July 1.

The Evjue Foundation awarded the Madison College Foundation $40,000 to be used for student scholarships. The Capital Times covered the story.

Local newspapers featured the opinions of two Madison College instructors recently. Mimi Wuest talked about her how her students give her hope for the future in the Reedsburg Times Press and Karen Natoli lamented in the Wisconsin State Journal that the recent graduation ceremony did not get enough coverage. Channel 15 did do a story on the graduation focusing on the job outlook.

Chefs in the Madison area have formed the Madison Area Chefs Network. Director of Madison College's Culinary program Paul Short spoke with the Capital Times about the group and about the problem of attrition with would-be chefs.

Madison College instructor and IT security expert Mike Masino spoke with channels 3 and 27 about how people can protect themselves against identity theft. A recent incident at Ebay prompted the story.

Madison College Wolfpack baseball team is headed to the 2014 NJCAA Division II World Series for the fifth year in a row. The series is in Enid, Okla. The team has been featured in the Wisconsin State Journal and local television stations. The team took third place in the series.

At Madison College's annual Tech Academy for staff and faculty, social media and mobile marketing instructor Kristin Uttech demonstrated how to us the new Google Glass. The demonstration was featured on Channel 15.

Madison College hosted a pharmaceutical drug diversion training summit at the college's new Protective Services Education Center. The summit, cosponsored by the FBI and Purdue Pharma, took a look at prescription drug abuse. Channels 15 and 27 covered the story.

A new ropes course and team building activity at Madison College was the topic feature by the Wisconsin State Journal. Senior Vice President of Student Development Keith Cornille and Recreation Management program instructor Tracie Bowers were interviewed.

Graduation was the topic of several news items. Madison College President Jack Daniels was quoted in a front-page piece on graduation in the Wisconsin State Journal. Channel 15 visited Madison College's commencement ceremonies to talk to grads about job prospects.

Madison College chemistry instructor Marissa Rosen, aka "Dutch Oven," spoke with Channel 3 about going from molecular collisions in the classroom to physical collisions on the roller derby track.

Madison College Distinguished Teachers for 2014, English instructor Bernie Hoes and Sociology instructor Christine Casselman, were featured in the Wisconsin State Journal Business Achievements section.

Tim Casper, senior executive and special assistant to the president, was interviewed by the Wisconsin State Journal on the change in state funding for the Madison College district.

The Wisconsin State Journal covered a story about Madison College student Patty Hawkins who has been selected to represent students on the District Board for the 2014-15 school year. This is the first time a student has been invited to join the board.

The Madison College Fort Atkinson Campus hosted more than 100 middle schoolers who were exploring how to obtain the work skills needed for their dream jobs. The Jefferson County Daily Union covered the story.

Madison College was included in a story by Channel 15 about the UW-Madison's Odessy Project. Former Madison College director Maria Banuelos taught a class for the project.

Carlos Hernandez, a student at Madison College, was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal about internships he's had organized through the Dane County Boys and Girls Club. The internship prepares teens for the job market.

Madison College Reedsburg Hoop House Director Kathy Clisch was interviewed for a story in the Reedsburg Times Press about the college's business incubator program in the Hoop House. The program highlighted the first business in the incubator (de Block Nursery) and noncredit classes also taught in the space.

The Madison College "Pride in Your Ride" show on May 10 was covered by channels 3 and 15. Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing instructor Tim Hoege was interviewed on Channel 3's Live at Five program about the car show.

Madison College students presented four designs for net-zero homes to the Madison Community Development Authority. One of the homes selected will receive further development and eventual construction in the Mosaic Ridge Neighborhood on Allied Drive. Channel 15 spoke with the students and their instructor about net-zero homes.

Brian Landers, chair of the Madison College Criminal Justice program was interviewed by Fox 47 on special training for police officers on how to deal with people suffering from mental illness. Landers also spoke with Channel 3 on the topic and on guidelines police use when determining when to use deadly force.

Madison College Senior Adviser Teresita Torrence and WTCS Student Ambassador Pauline Hemaidan were featured in Madison Magazine for a story about student debt. The story also ran on Channel 3. The Portage Daily Register also ran a story.

Madison College President Jack Daniels III and Lynn Forseth, executive director of workforce development for the college's eastern region, were interviewed by WFAW Radio in Fort Atkinson about upcoming forums on the college's strategic plan. Dr. Daniels' editorial on the forums was also carried in the Reedsburg Times-Press, the Watertown Daily Times and on Channel 3's website.

Madison College Reedsburg student Denise Cohn was selected as the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa international honor society's regional officer. An interview with Cohn was included in the

Lynn Forseth, executive director of economic workforce development for Madison College's eastern region, was the main speaker at a Jefferson County reception honoring youth apprenticeship. The story was covered in the Jefferson County Daily Union.

Channels 3, 15 and 27 ran stories on the "Flavors of Madison" fundraiser to support scholarships for Madison College culinary arts scholarships.

Can fashion help solve a cold case in Dane County? Madison College Fashion Marketing Program Director Betty Hurd was asked to identify a vest uncovered from an unsolved murder investigation for a story on Channel 3.

April 2014

The Mad Rollin' Dolls roller derby league was featured on a report by Channel 3. Madison College chemistry instructor Marissa Rosen is on the team as her alter ego, Dutch Oven.

Channel 3 stopped by Madison College to see the new mock courtroom and spoke with Paralegal Program Director Anne Schacherl.

Channels 3 and 27 covered a special Madison College training class aimed at police, fire and EMS personnel on how to identify and work with people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

Madison College student Betsy Pelto was interviewed by Channel 27 and the Wisconsin Radio Network about her recent letter and petition to President Obama expressing her views on how to end the racial disparity in Madison. President Obama replied, and she shared his letter with the news media.

Former Madison College dean Rick Raemisch was featured on the cover of the Wisconsin State Journal. Raemisch, now executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, spent the night in solitary confinement— it was part of his job.

Madison College Provost Terry Webb was interviewed by the Isthmus for a story about whether colleges are shifting to more part-time instructors.

Madison College Meeting and Event Management faculty and alum were to be highlighted in Wisconsin Meetings Magazine in May. The magazine featured Program Director Janet Sperstad, instructor Jodi Goldbeck and alumna Maria Peot. Janet Spersted and two of her students were scheduled to be featured in the May issue of MeetingNet as well.

Madison College Interior Design Program Director Jessica Mahne and instructor Dustin Struckmeyer were interviewed on Channel 3 to promote the Design MMoCa event that included work from a team of Madison College design instructors that also included Tiffany Esser and Lisa Nienhaus. The team received the "Greatest Design Harmony" award for their exhibit.

Madison College students celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up Unity Park. The park, located near the Truax campus, was created by students in 2013. The event was featured on Channels 3 and 27.

Madison College's Hunting for Sustainability class is noted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about a UW professor who learns to be a hunter.

The Madison College Pow Wow is April 26. Spokesperson Nicole Soulier spoke with Channel 27 about the event.

The Wisconsin State Journal ran a story about a Madison College student who needed extra support in meeting requirements for a safe driving insurance discount. Disability Resource Services Director Sandy Hall and Senior Liaison Marilyn Fayram came to her rescue and worked with the insurance company to waive some credit-load requirements. The student has Lyme Disease and could not carry a full load of classes.

During an interview with Channel 15, Mike Masino, IT security instructor at Madison College, discussed how to ensure that you wipe data from your cell phone before selling or trading it in. The story will air in late April or early May.

Madison College President Jack Daniels III was elected to the board of the United Way of Dane County as noted in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Madison College history instructor Jonathan Pollack spoke about the history of voting rights on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Central Time" program.

Madison College hosted the Wisconsin Technical College System Robotics Competition. Instructors Andy Kurth and Ann Thompson organized the event, which was covered by Channel 27.

Madison Magazine TV interviewed Madison College academic adviser Teresita Torrence about the cost differences between two- and four-year institutions. The interview is scheduled to air on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. on Channel 3.

Madison College instructor Patrick Molzahn and his Cabinetmaking and Millwork program students finished a historic desk project for the U.S. Forestry Service in Washington D.C. Channels 3, 27 and 47 covered the story. The story was also covered by trade media including Cabinet Maker FDM website and Wood Industry Ed.org

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a report that said unlicensed motorcyclists account for 36 percent of Wisconsin motorcycle fatalities. Madison College instructor Jason Herheim discussed motorcycle safety on the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Madison College was on lockdown for a short time the morning of April 10 due to a possible shooter in the nearby neighborhood. Public Relations Manager Cary Heyer spoke with Channel 3 about the college's WolfPack Alert system. The lockdown situation was covered by Channels 3, 15 and 27.

Madison College IT security instructor Mike Masino spoke with Channels 3 and 47, as well as WIBA radio on the latest computer virus known as the Heartbleed Bug.

Spring weather is here and motorcycles are hitting the streets. Madison College instructor Jason Herheim shared motorcycle safety tips with Channel 15.

Channel 27 covered the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration of Madison College's new Ingenuity Center. Denise Reimer was interviewed about the facility and about how it will help to bridge the skills gap.

Madison College farm business instructor Randy Zogbaum was featured in the Portage Daily Register. He spoke with the Columbia County Board’s agriculture and land and water conservation committee.

Channel 3 interviewed Madison College IT security instructor Mike Masino about Microsoft's decision to pull the plug on its XP operating system and the impact on XP owners. Channel 47 also ran the XP story.

The Madison Times and Umoja Magazine both featured stories about Madison College's new Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) student ambassador Pauline Chavez-Hemaidan.

Madison College students participated in the Madison Startup Weekend. The college's Lorin Toepper was chairman of this event until his untimely death in January. The Capital Times posted a story about the Startup Weekend.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited the Fort Atkinson campus to talk about green energy. An article and photo of automotive instructor Steve Wilcox and student Montana Swiney appeared in the Edgerton Reporter.

The Wisconsin State Journal covered the The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards presented in Milwaukee. ASID presented a Gold Award to Madison College student Lindsay Slack for her student design project. ASID also awarded a Silver Award to the local architect who designed the college's Student Achievement Center at Truax.

March 2014

A guest commentary in the Green Bay Press Gazette talks about how Madison College bridges the skills gap and how bus service to the college plays an important role in helping students get to school and meet their goals.

The Reedsburg Times-Press carried a personal story by Mimi Wuest, a sociology and psychology instructor at Madison College Reedsburg, about her day with her grandchild.

The premiere of "Dispatched," an independent film by Madison College employees Jarrod Crooks and Katrina Simyab opened in Madison. Crooks appeared on Channel 3 and Simyab joined him for another interview for Channel 27.

Madison College sponsored the Asian Youth Career and College Fair  held at Edgewood College. The Capital City Hues interviewed G. Thao, program specialist from Madison College, about the event.

Madison College Northern Region Economic and Workforce Development Director John Alt announced his candidacy for a seat on the Baraboo City Council. His announcement was covered by the Baraboo News Republic.

Watertown Daily Times covered the kickoff for Sustain Jefferson's makers' space. Madison College Watertown is involved in the makers' space project.

A story about a program that helps teens with disabilities make the transition to college was held at Madison College Watertown campus. The event was covered in the Watertown Daily Times.

Construction and Remodeling program instructor John Stephany spoke with the Home Town News Group (Sun Prairie Star, DeForest Times, Waunakee Tribune, others) about getting a head start on spring deck-building and three-season porch projects. The story will appear in the Spring Home and Garden Magazine due out April 17 and carried in 10 Hometown community newspapers.

Madison College hosted 400 area high school students for the Latino Youth Career and College Fair. The Madison Times and La Communidad covered the event.

Marketing and social media instructor Steve Noll did a live interview with Wisconsin Public Radio about Twitter's eighth anniversary.

The Capital Times ran a story about the Urban League's Emerge Gala. Madison College received  the Workplace Excellence Award at the event.

The Wisconsin State Journal profiled Megan Hegde, an alumna of Madison College, who started her own framing business.

Wisconsin Public Television visited the campus to talk to people about the Affordable Care Act as the deadline to sign up approached. Part-time employee Katie Ackley and a student were interviewed for the story that will appear on "Here and Now."

Madison College culinary instructor Kevin Appleton shared Irish food and drink recipes on Channel 27's morning show.

Ukrainian student Iryna Petruniak was interviewed about the vote to annex Crimea on Channel 27 and Channel 19 in LaCrosse.

Madison College was highlighted in an article by The McFarland Thistle on youth apprenticeship and dual credit programs.

Dr. Jon Pollack, Madison College history instructor, talked about the history of St. Patrick's Day with Wisconsin Public Radio.

Criminal Justice instructor Brian Landers shared tips on preventing home invasions with Channel 3.

Channel 3's morning show promoted Madison College's student activity, Cell Phone Wars. A good time was had by all.

Wisconsin State Journal featured Madison College international student Makiko Omori who was selected a 2014 Coca Cola New Century Scholar. Only one person from each state is selected.

Madison College hosted the Junior League of Madison's "All Dressed Up" event providing prom wear to area high school girls. The Wisconsin State Journal and channels 3, 15 and 47.

The Reedsburg Times Press ran a story about upcoming spring classes at the Reedsburg campus.

Channel 15 reviewed "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" a production by Madison College Performing Arts and directed by instructor Michael Lussenden.

Cindy Bowen, Fort Atkinson campus lead, and Lynn Forseth, economic and workforce development director for the Madison College East Region, are members of Project LEAD, an organization that recently raised funds for a new park. A story about the group and their work was featured in the Daily Jefferson County Union.

Mike Stark, director of Facility Services, spoke with Wisconsin Builder Magazine on juggling multiple building projects for a section called "Top Projects." The article will appear in the May 2014 issue.

Construction and Remodeling instructor Agnes "Allie" Berenyi shared home improvement and energy efficiency tips on the Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Longtime National Weather Service meteorologist and Madison College instructor Anton "Rusty" Kapela was part of a panel of experts who discussed severe weather on a live WORT radio show.

In Business Magazine writer/blogger Craig Thompson visited Madison College Truax campus to learn more about the skills gap and about commuter campuses.

Channel 15 revisited the story on the Madison College student, Iryna Petruniak, whose family is in Ukraine.

Will Pena, Madison College financial aid manager, shared college planning tips in the March issue of Brava magazine.

Madison College ceramics instructor Andree Valley was featured in a front page story in the Wisconsin State Journal for a story, "Clay Invasion."

February 2014

Chris Vandall, dean of School of Academic Advancement, and instructors Judy Emmrich and Ryan Roling were interviewed for a story in the Isthmus about students in the Madison College English as a Second Language program.

Wisconsin Builder Magazine interviewed Madison College Facilities Director Mike Stark in its annual "Top Projects" section. Stark spoke about working on multiple construction projects at the same time.

Madison College student Jeff Jordan spoke on Channel 15 about a benefit for burn survivors. Jordan was only six weeks old when he was burned in a fire at his parents' mobile home. In addition to studying marketing at the college, he also help with the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety burn survivor camps.

Pellet Productions, a Massachusetts-based web video series that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, featured Ana Zambie, senior instructional support coordinator at Madison College. The segment was done in Spanish. Also interviewed were students Gustavo Velazquez and Magally Rengifo-Marin.

Wisconsin State Journal covered a story about the online Madison College Student Satisfaction Survey. Data from the survey will be used in planning for student services, academic options and overall student experiences.

Madison College IT students place second in a statewide Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Team coach and IT instructor Mike Masino spoke with Channel 3 about the event. (go to two-minute mark to see the coverage).

Madison College international student Iryna Petruniak spoke with Channel 15 about the crisis in her home country of Ukraine. Her story also was covered by Channel 3, Channel 27 and The Clarion newspaper.

Congressman MarK Pocan and Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi stopped by the Madison College Health Education building to urge young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Badger Herald cover the event and Channel 27 gave more information on ACA events across the state.

The Wisconsin State Farmer website featured an article about Madison College's new farm business management classes. Stories about the program also appeared in the Reedsburg Times, Voice of the River Valley and Wisconsin Happy Farm blog.

Jim Cook, Madison College apprenticeship director, spoke with the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, Feb. 23, about how the rebound of construction and related trades impacts apprenticeship training across the state.

Madison college students who traveled to rural Jamaica for a service learning trip were featured in the Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., newsletter. The group partnered with the Blue Mountain Project to helped to install solar electric systems, provide nursing skills and work in local schools.

Jonathan Pollack, Madison College history instructor, discussed the historical background behind the recent union election at a VW plant in Tennessee with Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Pollack will do a segment with WPR's "Central Time" program every third Thursday.

Madison College financial aid expert Kate Sopha will do a studio interview with Channel 27 about College Goal Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Madison College Apprenticeship Director Jim Cook spoke with The Badger Herald about Project Big Step, an initiative that connects skilled workers with construction jobs in our area. The Daily Cardinal also covered the story.

Betty Hurd, interior design instructor and retail expert, spoke with Channel 3 about the future of "brick-and-mortar" stores in light of the closing of American TV and Appliance stores across the region. Hurd was also interviewed by Channel 27 and the Wisconsin Radio Network.

Madison College Construction instructor John Stephany discussed why your house pops like a Pepsi can in cold weather for the "Just Ask Us" column for the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Wisconsin State Journal featured Martius Bautista, a fourth-grader who took home the trophy at the All-City Spelling Bee held at Madison College's Mitby Theater.

Madison College celebrated Valentine's Day with a Bad Love Poems Contest covered by Channel 15's morning show.

Channel 15 revisited a story on Olympic hopeful and speed skater Luke Tweddale, a returning Madison College student. Tweddale plans to try out for South Korea in 2018.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited the Madison College West campus for a tax reform roundtable discussion with farmers and small business owners. The Wisconsin State Journal covered the event.

A story about the new Ingenuity Center and an interview with Denise Reimer, interim dean, School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology on advanced manufacturing will appear in the Madison Region Economic Development Guide to be published in May 2014.

Capital City Hues covered a visit by Sen. Tammy Baldwin who came to Madison College to learn about education for green jobs and to promote the GREEN Act.

Madison College Veterinary Technician graduate Sophie DeBruin shared her experiences with the 2014 Alaskan Iditarod in her blog. She works on the veterinary team for the sled dog race.

Spike TV's Frankenfood cooking show held tryouts at Madison College Truax. The show features "food lovers who can mix outrageous and unexpected ingredients to create delicious and revolutionary flavors."

Capital Times' "Quick Question" asked how people feel about the Madison College District Board's decision to allow security officers at the college to carry Tasers.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported on the proposed closing of the tax increment financing district (TIF) in Madison. Madison College could share in a $16.7 million surplus created by the move.

Virginia Escudero, an international student at Madison College, was featured in a Wisconsin State Journal story about the new Family Center created by the Nuestro Mundo Community School in Madison. Escudero studies human services and interns at the center.

Steve Noll, marketing instructor at Madison College, discussed the CVS/pharmacy decision to stop selling tobacco products with Channel 15.

January 2014

Madison College community showed support for Eric Studesville in the Super Bowl. Studesville is the son of Madison College counselor Al Studesville and his wife Jan who were killed in a motorcycle accident last summer. The story aired on Channel 3, Channel 27, Fox 47 and WAOW-TV in Wausau.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin toured Madison College Fort Atkinson and Commercial Avenue campuses to discuss and promoter her new legislation aimed at job training for green jobs. The story appeared in the Capital City Hues, The Clarion, Jefferson County Daily Union and Watertown Daily Times, and aired on Channels 3, 15 and 27 and on WFAW Radio.

Madison College social media and marketing instructor Steve Noll spoke with Channel 15 about the upcoming Super Bowl commercials.

Channel 3 interviewed information technology instructor Mike Masino and his information security class about ways to defend against computer security breaches in light of attacks on Unity Health and other companies.

Watertown student scholarship winners were honored for their accomplishments. The event was covered by the Watertown Daily Times.

Reedsburg Times-Press interviewed Madison College Reedsburg Deans List student Natalie McCauley about her life as a nontraditional student, switching gears mid-career and her plans for graduate school.

Spectrum Magazine featured Madison College economics instructor Nikolai (Niko) Skievaski who helped found 100state, a new entry into the "makers' space" movement that brings community and innovation together.

This year's Women in Focus "I Have a Dream" ball was dedicated to Madison College counselor Al Studesville and his wife Jan, who died in a motorcycle accident last summer. Capital City Hues covered the event and noted that Jan Studesville was a founder of the Women in Focus organization.

Tim Casper, vice president of Budget and Public Affairs at Madison College, commented in an article by the Wisconsin State Journal on Gov. Scott Walker's proposals to shift some technical college funding from property owners to the state.

Madison College President Jack Daniels III was the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Daniels' speech and the event were covered by channels 3, 27 and 47, News Radio 1330 in Green Bay and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Channel 27 did a live studio interview of Madison College political science instructor Maurice Sheppard before Gov. Scott Walker's state address. Sheppard discussed some of the topics to watch for in the governor's speech.

A story about the nursing shortage on Channel 3 featured Kay Grotelueschen, associate dean of nursing for Madison College.

The Wisconsin State Journal noted that the Madison College minority mentoring program received a $69,000 grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corp. The program connects students with mentors at the college and in the community.

The Wisconsin State Journal ran a story about college administrator Lorin Toepper, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Toepper, who spearheaded the creation of many food-related and technical programs, served as the college's workforce and economic development director for the southwest region. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also shared Toepper's story.

A Wisconsin State Journal article mentioned Madison College in an editorial discussing charter schools in Wisconsin.

Mike Masino, information technology instructor at Madison College, discussed the Target Corp. security breach with news/talk radio 1310 WIBA.

Denise Reimer, interim dean in the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, spoke with Channel 3 about preparing students to fill a skills gap identified in a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce survey.

The Madison College Collision Repair Education Foundation received a $20,000 tools donation from American Family Insurance. Thanks to social media, FenderBender Magazine picked up the donation story.

Spectrum Magazine profiled new Madison College President Jack E. Daniels III in its January issue.