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Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery
Program Number: 303163
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
24 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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$3,442.80 Tuition
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  • Program Overview

    The Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery program at Madison College offers you a unique opportunity to learn about the entire lifecycle of an animal from an agricultural, meat production, and culinary arts perspective.

    As a student in the Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery program, you will have the opportunity to: 

    • Learn about farm practices in class and on the farm where you will explore livestock terminology, selection, and care.
    • Apply the pasture-to-plate philosophy in Madison College’s state-of-the-art culinary and meat production facility as well as manage all aspects of our retail butcher shop. In the butcher shop, you will identify, inspect and process carcasses, as well as prepare and package meat for sale, and interact with customers.
    • Design menus, determine ingredient sourcing, and prepare for the ServSafe credential.

    The Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery program applies the same guiding principles as local, established farm-to-table practitioners: integrity, honesty, consciousness, creativity, responsibility, respect, and social commitment. If you have a background or interest in farming, meat production, or culinary arts and are committed to integrating these guiding principles into your work, you would be an ideal candidate for this program.

    Program Details

    Students in the Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery program can attend full or part-time.

    Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    Madison College Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery program graduates are ready for a range of careers including:

    • Butcher
    • Meat cutter
    • Animal Processor
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    1 credit
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2023

    • Application opens on September 15, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2023

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Examine components of a farm-to-table meat production system.
    • Prepare meat for processing and value-added consumption.
    • Merchandise meat for sale.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates 9
      Number of Surveys Sent 9
      Number of Surveys Returned 8
      Percent of Surveys Returned 88.90%
      Available for Employment 8
      Percent Available for Employment 100.00%
      Not in Labor Market 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed 8
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation 5
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 62.50%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 37.50%
      Employed - No Response 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.1
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 8
      Very Satisfied (4) 2
      Percent Very Satisfied 25.00%
      Satisfied (3) 5
      Percent Satisfied 62.50%
      Unsatisfied (2) 1
      Percent Unsatisfied 12.50%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses 8
      Preparation for Getting a Job 1
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 12.50%
      Career Change 3
      Percent Career Change 37.50%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 2
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 25.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00%
      Personal Interest 2
      Percent Personal Interest 25.00%
      Other 0
      Percent Other 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8
      Before Enrollment 4
      Percent Before Enrollment 50.00%
      While Attending the College 1
      Percent While Attending the College 12.50%
      After Training at the College 3
      Percent After Training at the College 37.50%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses 8
      In College District 2
      Percent In College District 25.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 3
      Percent of In Wisconsin 37.50%
      Outside of Wisconsin 2
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 25.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 1
      Percent Location Unknown 12.50%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4
      Average Monthly Wage $2,305
      Average Hourly Wage $13.40
      Average Work Hours per Week 46
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Fulton Meat Market Butcher Fulton IL
      LarryVille Gardens LLC Farm Manager Burlington
      Meat People Butcher Shop Butcher
      Petersen Dairy Farm Farm Manager Ixonia
      The Fresh Market Meat Cutter Chattanooga

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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