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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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Estimated Program Cost


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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 2023-2024 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 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    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

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    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.

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  • 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 Graduates93
      Number of Surveys Sent93
      Number of Surveys Returned82
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment82
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed81
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%50.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation50
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation62.50%0.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation31
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation37.50%100.00%
      Employed - No Response00
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment01
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%50.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.11.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses82
      Very Satisfied (4)20
      Percent Very Satisfied25.00%0.00%
      Satisfied (3)50
      Percent Satisfied62.50%0.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)11
      Percent Unsatisfied12.50%50.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)01
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%50.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses82
      Preparation for Getting a Job10
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job12.50%0.00%
      Career Change31
      Percent Career Change37.50%50.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills20
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills25.00%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education00
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%0.00%
      Personal Interest21
      Percent Personal Interest25.00%50.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses81
      Before Enrollment41
      Percent Before Enrollment50.00%100.00%
      While Attending the College10
      Percent While Attending the College12.50%0.00%
      After Training at the College30
      Percent After Training at the College37.50%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses51
      In College District21
      Percent In College District40.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District00
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin20
      Percent Outside Wisconsin40.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown10
      Percent Location Unknown20.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend20212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count4
      Average Monthly Wage$2,305
      Average Hourly Wage$13.40
      Average Work Hours per Week46
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
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