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Bridge Programs

Bridge programs at Madison College can help you make a successful transition to college, while helping you refresh your skills for degree programs. Students in bridge programs complete the same required program coursework while receiving extra support in these pathway options.

The requirements for bridge programs include, but are not limited to:

• Taking the COMPASS
• Meeting with a transition specialist

Contact us with questions or fill out our interest form today to learn more about our bridge programs.


The Biotechnology Bridge program at Madison College will provide you the tools you need to begin your dream job working in a scientific laboratory in one year.

This program includes:

  • Introductory classes in math and science
  • Free academic support classes
  • A Biotechnology Laboratory Support Diploma – recognized and demanded by biotech companies
  • 12 college credits in bioscience and chemistry, which significantly decrease the time needed to obtain an associate’s degree in biotechnology.

Upon completion, you may choose to pursue studies in:

  • Enter a biotechnology laboratory technician associate’s program
  • A biotechnology baccalaureate program
  • Bioinformatics
  • Stem cell technologies

According to a recent graduate survey, the average entry-level annual pay range for construction/remodeling is $22,000 to $35,000 plus benefits. Earning potential in this field can reach $50,000 or more in three to five years.

The Construction Essentials Bridge Program provides students the opportunity to:

  • Review math, english and computer skills before beginning your first college course
  • Complete the 6-credit Construction Essentials Certificate
  • Take academic support classes in reading, writing and mathematics during your first semester of college
  • Receive intensive academic and career advising support while you are enrolled in your first semester of college

The Construction Essentials certificate consists of four courses:

  • Workplace Safety
  • Workplace Communication for Industry
  • Applied Math for Construction
  • Fundamentals of Construction

The Bridge to Electronics program will give you the tools you need to work with electronics in manufacturing, research, development, medicine and communications!

This program prepares you with:

  • Introductory classes in math, reading and writing
  • Free academic support classes
  • An Electronic Assembler Certificate – recognized and demanded by technology and communications companies
  • 6 college credits in electronics – which decreases the time needed to obtain an Electronic Service Technician Diploma and Electronics Associate Degree.

Upon graduation, electronics graduates may find work as:

  • Computer Technicians
  • Network Technicians
  • Electronic Development Technicians
  • Electronic Maintenance Technicians
  • Electronic Test Technicians
  • Electronics Technicians
  • Field Service Technicians
  • Video game console and cell phone Technicians
Industrial Maintenance

On avaerage, students who complete industrial maintenance advanced degrees at Madison College earn between $18.80/hour and $27.00/hour. Jobs in this field are in high demand, so enroll today.

This bridge program will help you:

  • Build skills in basic science, technology, engineering and math
  • Complete the 7-credit Industrial Maintenance Essentials Certificate

Put the credits earned in your certificate towards an advanced degree, such as:

  • Industrial Maintenance Technician (2-year technical diploma)
  • Industrial Mechanic (1-year technical diploma)
  • Industrial Mechanic—HVAC (1-year technical diploma)