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An Early College Academy is a series of courses leading to a college or industry credential while in high school.  

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Basic Early Childhood Educator

3 courses, 9 credits

Learn health, safety, nutrition, early language & literacy. You will be prepared to work as a teacher in early childhood settings, such as a child care center teacher or a nanny.

Biotechnology Laboratory Support Assistant

5 courses, 9 credits

Perform lab tests and work with bacteria, DNA, proteins, and mammalian cell cultures in fully-equipped laboratories. You will gain the workplace skills needed for successful entry into today's biotech job market, including communication, safety, time management and professionalism.

Business Generalist

6 courses, 19 credits

Learn valuable foundational business skills and explore many possible career paths while in this program. The Business Generalist pathway will give you a head start to earning your associate's or bachelor's degree. 

Business Startup Basics

5 courses, 14 credits

Create marketing and financial plans for small business ventures, small business operations, and customer service.

Construction Essentials

3 courses, 6 credits

Develop an understanding of construction processes, including identification and safe use of hand and portable power tools. You will earn an industry-recognized safety working environment certification (OSHA) and are ready for entry-level construction jobs.


Enroll full-time at Madison College during your senior year of high school and earn up to 30 college credits.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

1 course, 3 credits

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions at the scene of emergencies or sudden illness. This includes a Basic Life Support CPR course. After this course, you are prepared for national certification and state licensure as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

2 courses, 5 credits

Develop documentation and critical thinking skills, learn anatomy & physiology and basic airway management, perform a patient assessment, and learn how to deal with special populations. After this course, you are prepared for  Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic licensure in the State of Wisconsin. 

Essentials of Marketing

4 courses, 11 credits

Broaden your knowledge of the marketing industry and develop an effective combination of administrative professional skills, marketing skills, and social media skills.

Essentials of Microsoft Office

4 courses, 6 credits

The skills learned in these courses help you get hired, earn a promotion or update your skills for work in today's modern offices. After completing this academy, you are prepared to become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist.

Fire Recruit Academy 

1 course, 5 credits

This physically and academically challenging course prepares you for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter I and Firefighter 2 certification examinations.

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

6 courses, 9 credits

Interpret engineering drawings or blueprints and gain fundamental skills to set up and operate Gas Metal Arc Welding equipment and math functions for a welding manufacturing environment. You will learn and apply industry-accepted safe working practices and communication strategies.

Group Fitness and Small Group Coaching

2 courses, 6 credits

Learn how to properly instruct, demonstrate and correct exercise. You will learn to improve clients' well-being by giving information about nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle management. After completing these 6 credits, you are prepared for the ACE Group Fitness Exam. Two courses are required: Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals; Group Fitness and Small Group Coaching.

Healthcare Customer Service

4 courses, 11 credits

Broaden your knowledge of the marketing industry and develop an effective combination of administrative professional skills, marketing skills, and social media skills.

Hospitality Assistant

4 courses, 12 credits

Hone your skills in customer service and communication, learn about industry trends, and develop your writing skills with a focus on critical reading and thinking skills.

IT Introduction to Software Development

2 courses, 6 credits

Develop skills in HTML, CSS, SQL, and JavaScript to prepare you for entry-level web software developer positions.

IT Service Center Technician

2 courses, 6 credits

Learn installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of personal computer hardware, operating systems and software.

Marketing-Social Media

5 courses, 15 credits

Learn social media principles, search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, web considerations for marketers, the latest in mobile marketing techniques, and develop a marketing campaign incorporating traditional and digital channels.

Nursing Assistant

1 course, 3 credits

Learn communication skills, basic nursing and personal care skills, clients' rights, and care of clients with dementia. After this course, you are prepared for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.

Phlebotomist / Specimen Processor

2 courses, 3 credits

Train to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations or research.

Video Production

5 courses, 14 credits

You will create videos with advanced level production techniques in lighting, sound, and editing. You will learn specific video production tools and communication strategies that take advantage of videos' unique capabilities.

Visual Storytelling

6 classes, 15 credits

Learn foundational skills needed to land paid internships, part-time and full-time jobs in the professional areas of videography, photography, and social media communications.

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  2. Confirm you're eligible with your high school counselor.
  3. Apply!

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