A message from Madison College President Jack E. Daniels III

At Madison College, we are visioning the next chapter of our great story.

We continue to serve our community’s students and residents, and we continue to evolve how we support the businesses and communities in our region and how we align with what they need to grow.

Like many of you, we remain attentive and nimble in our commitment to collaborative solutions that advance key priorities for our region and the state of Wisconsin. Underlying all that we do is our mission: providing our diverse communities open access to quality higher education that fosters student lifelong learning and success.

I find constant inspiration in the work and achievements of our faculty, staff, and students. They think big, act boldly, and drive change forward. Their stories, highlighted below, are extraordinary examples of innovation, dedication, and resilience.

As we progress into this year, Madison College sits at the intersection of education and workforce development, and we recognize the pivotal role we play in providing access and opportunity for our region.

It is an exciting time for Madison College, and I thank you for your connection to and support for the work we do. You play an integral role in many lives, including those highlighted here.


Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III
President, Madison College

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Our Students and Faculty

26,546 unduplicated student headcount
Data reflects 2022-2023 academic year
18,737 students taking degree credit classes
42% of Madison College students identify as parents or caregivers
Data according to a 2022 student satisfaction survey
1 in 3 students at Madison College is a student of color
59% Caucasian, 17% Hispanic/Latino, 8% African American, 6% Did not disclose, 5% Multi-racial, 4% Asian, 1% American Indian, 1% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
emerging hispanic speaking institution (hsi) with 17% hispanic enrollment | arrow up 17% graphic
As defined by Excelencia in Education's requirements for undergraduate FTE Hispanic enrollment
97% student satisfaction
Alumni insights from a recent 2022 graduate survey
3,616 degrees or diplomas awarded during 2023 academic year
Includes all degree types including certificate and apprenticeships
999 military connected students at Madison College

Student and Faculty Stories of Inspiration

Madison College student Gwen Hirtz in Salzburg, Austria
Madison College Student Goes Global
Salzburg, Austria sits about 4,500 flight miles from where Madison College student Gwen Hirtz lives, but it’s a place her ancestors called home. That was enough to entice Gwen to pick the European country for her Madison College study abroad experience.
Madison College staff presenters at the Textbook Bias Workshop
Transforming Teaching with a Focus on Equity
Since early 2021, Madison College’s Institute for Equity and Transformational Change (IETC) has fostered an inclusive and affirming learning community at Madison College. Marco Torrez-Miranda, IETC director, shares the vision for future efforts.
Sarah Z. Johnson and students celebrating National Day of Writing
Chatting About ChatGPT with Madison College's Sarah Z. Johnson
As with all things that lead to significant change, the learning curve is steep. Madison College's Academic Integrity Officer and Director of the Writing Center, Sarah Z. Johnson, can help navigate the waters of artificial intelligence.
Caroline Bailey assisting students with VR in Spanish class
Madison College Pioneers Virtual Reality in Spanish Language Learning
Madison College is breaking ground in language education with a pilot Virtual Reality (VR) program in two Spanish classes.
Madison College student parents with their children
Madison College Doubles Down Support for Student Parents
At Madison College, supporting our student parents is not just an investment in their education; it’s an investment in the future of their families and their communities.

Our Alumni

74% of graduates stay in our region after graduation
According to a 2022 graduate survey
92% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation
According to a 2022 graduate survey
27% of students obtained employment prior to graduation
Defined as employment obtained while attending Madison College
$24.33 average hourly wage
2022 graduate survey data for hourly wage full-time employment
691 unique employers hiring our graduates
According to a 2022 graduate survey

Alumni Stories of Inspiration

2023 Madison College nursing graduates Misty Sivongxay and Aja Barrow
The Next Chapter
Let's celebrate 2023 Madison College graduates sharing what’s next in their journey.
CEO, founder and Madison College graduate Ousmane Kabré
Madison College Inks Licensing Agreement Bringing Business Curriculum to Africa
The agreement is with YAM Education, Inc., a company founded by Ousmane Kabré, a Madison College graduate turned CEO.

Our Workforce and Community Impact

96 different law enforcement organizations sent personnel to Madison College for specialized training
2023 data from Madison College School of Human and Protective Services
107 fire departments had members receive fire certifications from Madison College
2023 data from Madison College School of Human and Protective Services
13 different agencies sent to students to Madison College for EMT certification
2023 data from Madison College School of Human and Protective Services
364 community members received a GED from Madison College
Data provided by School of Academic Advancement for 2022-23 academic year
827 total community events held on Madison College campuses, 435 held at Goodman South campus, 224 held at regional campuses
Includes all events held over the 2023 calendar year
22 total apprenticeships active at Madison College
Includes 18 apprenticeships active or approved and launching soon; excludes 5 currently without students.

Workforce and Community Impact Stories of Inspiration

students outside Goodman South Campus
The Good in Goodman South Campus
In just three years since opening, the $25 million Goodman South campus built largely by donors, has exceeded expectations with the work of innovative faculty and staff and the presence of an extraordinarily diverse student community.
Madison College student in lab
Madison College Boosts the Future of Wisconsin’s Visionary Biohealth Hub
Madison College is poised to be at the center of Wisconsin’s emerging biohealth hub. With a vibrant coalition of stakeholders, Madison College envisions the launch of Actualized BioHealth Career Pathways (ABC Pathways).
nursing students in lab
Four New Healthcare Apprenticeships Aim to Help Workforce Issues
Madison College has a key role to play in finding a solution for the healthcare workforce shortages impacting Wisconsin and the rest of the country.
Vision 2030
Madison College Writes Its Next Chapter, Vision 2030
Four strategic themes and participation of employees, students and community to guide process and a shared vision.

Pathways to Success

1,442 unique offered courses in 2023 academic year
Reflects degree career courses, including for apprenticeship
4,058 number of students who transferred to a 4-year school, 793 number of different 4-year schools our students transferred to
Considers any Madison College student in the last 10 years who began at a 4-year school in 2022 as a transfer student.
4,843 high school students enrolled at Madison College
Reflects 2023 academic year and includes dual credit, Start College Now, and STEM Academy students
68 high schools in our region participating in Madison College's early college programming
Reflects 2023 academic year and includes dual credit and Start College Now

Pathways to Success Stories of Inspiration

Madison College-Reedsburg’s 2nd annual Celebrate a Nurse 5K run on May 6 raised $20,000-plus for nursing student scholarships. 
Regional Campuses Boost Awareness of Top-Notch Training for Nursing, Agricultural Technician and Manufacturing
Madison College's regional campuses in Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg, and Watertown are neighborhood learning centers with strong roots in the community.
Columbus High School graduates who earned medallions
Madison College Awards Special Medallion to Nearly 400 High School Graduates
Approximately 400 graduating seniors received the medallion for completing 12 or more college credits or earning a credential prior to high school graduation.

2023 Awards and Achievements

View more stories highlighting Madison College's awards and achievements from the past year.

Madison College named a Military Friendly® community college (ranked first among large schools)

Madison College students receive the prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Madison College awarded U.S. Department of State’s IDEAS Grant

Wisconsin designated as Biohealth Tech Hub, Madison College a consortium member

Madison College President Dr. Jack Daniels receives Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award

Faculty Excellence

Madison College faculty receive Faculty of Excellence awards from the League of Innovation. They are:

  • Marco Torrez-Miranda, Faculty Director of the Institute for Equity and Institutional Change
  • Loise Kirore, Nursing
  • Jill Huizenga; Entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Adina Ness; resident dentist in Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant
  • Lindsay Amiel, Economics

Unlocking Pathways Summit

Madison College was one of four selected sites for the Unlocking Pathways Summits held throughout the country. These events were organized by Jobs for the Future as part of the White House’s Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success.