Student Communications

Madison College Student Communications

Our top priority at this time is making sure we do our part at Madison College to keep every student safe and informed.

Wondering about the latest COVID-19 news and how it affects you as a Madison College student? Look below for our most recent communications regarding your safety and our plans to ensure your ongoing education.

  • Madison College Fall Plans - June 17, 2021

    Date:    June 17, 2021
    To:        Madison College students

    From:   Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President, Madison College
    RE:      Madison College Fall Plans

    Return to campus. It fills my heart to use that phrase.

    We understand how challenging the past year has been for you. We know COVID-19 may have derailed or postponed your college plans. And we are grateful you chose Madison College.

    On campus or online, we are open

    While COVID was undeniably hard, I believe it has made us stronger than ever. Our college community has been waiting for the time we can safely return to our campuses.

    And that time is now. Madison College is fully open both on-campus and online. 

    This fall we will provide multiple course format options to allow you ultimate flexibility in scheduling. We’re committed to keeping your college goals on track. Faculty and staff are excited to welcome more students back to our campuses for programs that require in-person, hands-on learning. The full array of student life activities will be available once again in-person. Online and hybrid courses will continue to be available as well.

    Unwavering support

    We know personal support is the reason many of you chose Madison College. Our student support staff are on campus and ready to help you. We will also continue to provide support services virtually for your convenience. Please visit the support services webpages for service hours and contact information.

    Financial support beyond tuition

    In the last several months, many students faced financial challenges due to job loss, family obligations and countless other challenges. We understand it is hard to think about the future when you’re wondering how you’ll get through the present.

    This is why Madison College has provided more than $6 million dollars in relief funding to our students since the start of COVID-19. This funding covers more than tuition. Students can use it to pay for rent, food, childcare and other living expenses.  We are here to help you learn more about your financial support options.

    Open access to college laptops and Wi-Fi

    If you are without your own laptop or internet connection, let us help. Madison College will lend you a college laptop and a Wi-Fi hotspot for the semester thanks to our Technology Access Program. This service is free and available to eligible students who demonstrate need.

    Your Safety. Our Priority.

    The safety of the Madison College community has always come first. If you are attending classes in person, please follow the campus safety guidelines. Wearing a face covering while on campus is recommended but is no longer required.  Health officials recommend people who are not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering.

    That is because one of the best steps you can take is to get vaccinated. Data shows that vaccinated individuals have a decreased risk of COVID-19 transmission and decreased severity of symptoms if they are exposed. Below is a link to health care providers that offer free, and in some cases no appointment needed, vaccinations.

    Click here to find COVID-19 vaccines near you.

    Back on course

    Ask any Madison College faculty or staff member what they have missed the most in the last 16 months. Their answer is consistently: You, our students.

    We recognize what you’ve been through. While each of us has been impacted in different ways by the pandemic and the many other troubles we faced last year, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to you.

    In closing, I say with joy and reverence …

    Welcome back.

    Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III
    President
    Madison College

  • Emergency Funding Available - June 2, 2021

    Date:    June 2, 2021 

    To:        All students 

    From:   Dr. Tim Casper, Executive Vice President, Student Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness

    Re:       Emergency Funding Available - Up to $750.00

     

    Dear Student,

     

    Welcome to the start of the summer semester.

     

    I wanted you to know that Madison College is supporting students who experience short-term emergencies related to COVID-19.  If you currently have a need or experience one within the term, funding is available.  All Madison College students enrolled in one or more credits can apply.  This includes degree, certificate, continuing education, non-credit, non-degree, dual enrollment, qualified aliens, as defined within 8 U.S.C. section 1641 (including refugees and persons granted asylum), DACA, undocumented, and international students.

     

    Students who completed a FAFSA application will automatically be awarded.  If you did not complete the FAFSA, you must complete the Emergency Fund Request form.

     

    Funding is paid directly to you and can be used for any educationally related expense and will be processed within 2-3 business days. To receive funding quicker, we encourage students to sign up for Electronic Fund Transfer.

     

    For questions, please contact 608-246-6170 for assistance.                 

  • Accessing Student Support Services: Summer 2021 - May 27, 2021

    DATE:                 May 27, 2021
    TO:                      Madison College Students
    FROM:               Tim Casper, Ed.D., Executive Vice President, Student Affairs
    RE:                       Accessing student support services – Summer 2021

     

    Greetings students,

    As you know, the health conditions associated with the pandemic continue to improve in Southcentral Wisconsin. As infection rates are declining and vaccination rates are climbing in our communities, the college is prepared to safely begin providing opportunities for you to access services in-person at our campuses, beginning with the summer semester.

    I encourage you to learn more about our semester plans and services and our commitment to providing you with a safe, high-quality, affordable education.  In addition to the availability of in-person services, we will continue to serve you via video chat, phone, and email. 

    If you come to campus for classes or in-person appointments, you must complete the Madison College Health Screening Survey prior to entering the building. While on campus, wearing a face covering will no longer be required. Individuals opting to wear face coverings while on campus are encouraged to continue to do so. Health officials recommend people who are not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering.  

     

    Accessing student support services

    You can reach service providers like Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Library Services and more by email, phone or video and in-person.  Download the new Madison College Navigate app to self-schedule appointments or contact any support service directly to schedule your appointment.

     

    Access to additional student support services:

    Still have questions?  Call 608-246-6076 to speak with a Success Coach in the Student Success Center or contact your primary campus directly. 

    Fort Atkinson – 920-568-7200

    Portage – 608-745-3100

    Reedsburg – 608-524-7800

    Watertown – 920-206-8000

    Goodman South – 608-243-4200

    I wish each of you the best as you begin this summer semester.
    We look forward to continuing to support you in your journey.  

    Best,

    Dr. Casper

  • Emergency Grants Available NOW - February 22, 2021

    DATE:                 February 22, 2021
    TO:                      Madison College Students
    FROM:               Tim Casper, Ed.D., Executive Vice President, Student Affairs 
    RE:                      Emergency Grants are Available Now

     

    Greetings. I hope all is well with you as we start the sixth week of the spring semester. 

     

    I want you to know that COVID Impact Grants, a new federally funded program, are available to you for school and living expenses.

     

    Students with a FAFSA (financial aid application) on file will receive grant aid funds automatically.

     

    If you’re struggling because of COVID-19 and did not complete a FAFSA we may be able to help. You may apply for a COVID Impact Grant by supplying some key information to the college. 

     

    Learn more today and see if you’re eligible. Don’t suffer when help is available. 

      

    If you have questions, please call Student Financial Support Services at 608-246-6170.  Our team is here to support you!

     

    Best wishes as you continue your studies. 

     

  • Welcome to the 2021 Spring Semester - January 28, 2021

    DATE:                January 28, 2021
    TO:                     Madison College Students
    FROM:               Tim Casper, Ed.D., Executive Vice President, Student Affairs
    RE:                     Welcome to the 2021 Spring Semester

    Welcome to the 2021 Spring Semester at Madison College!

    Whether you are a first-year student or returning student, Madison College is the catalyst for transforming your life. We are here for you every step of the way. College life will be different this semester, but one thing remains certain – our support for you. 

    I encourage you to learn more about our Spring Semester plans and services and our commitment to providing you with a safe, high-quality, affordable education. 

    Throughout the year, I will send you email blasts with information to support your success.
    The links below are “start of the term” resources to help you smoothly transition into this semester.  I encourage you to develop a plan for completing your academic goals, engage in online campus activities, and have some fun too!

    As your Executive Vice President of Student Affairs, I am excited to witness and support your growth.

    Go Wolfpack!

    Textbook Rental Information

    Technology Support

    Financial Aid

    Navigate App - a free, user-friendly mobile app to help you manage college life

    Advising Services

    Campus Life

    Library and Academic Support Services

  • Spring Semester Start - January 5, 2021

    DATE:                 January 5, 2021

    TO:                     All Students

    FROM:               Dr. Tim Casper, Executive Vice President, Student Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness

    RE:                     Spring Semester Start

     

    Welcome back from winter break!  I hope you had an opportunity to slow down, unplug and enjoy time connecting safely with those important to you. I also hope the recent break allowed you to focus a bit on yourself and included self-care activities.  The new year brings new beginnings – let’s look forward and move forward. You’ve got this!

    I wanted to provide a few updates for you regarding the start of Spring Semester.  In an effort to protect the health of the college community, the vast majority of student services will only be available virtually in the spring semester.

    We are excited to announce that we will be expanding our student service hours the week prior to term start, January 11 through January 15, to help you be successful at Madison College.

    If you are required to come to campus for classes or access services such as technology pick-up, books, or to get your OneCard, Virtual Service Assistants will be available during the hours shown below at Truax to get you connected to virtual services.

     

    January 11 through January 15

    Virtual Service Assistant support is available:
    January 11, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    January 12, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    January 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    January 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    January 15, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

     

    Beginning January 19
    Virtual Service Assistant support is available:

    Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

     

    Students who have their classes primarily online can access all student services virtually without coming to campus. See below to find out more.

     

    Accessing Spring Semester Student Support Services

    You can meet with service providers like Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Counseling and more by email, phone or video.  Download the new Madison College Navigate app to schedule a virtual appointment or contact the support service directly to schedule your appointment.

     

    Access to additional student services:

    • Textbooks - Please be on the lookout for an email from the Bookstore for information about ordering and picking up your textbooks.  We encourage you to order your books online.  When placing your order online, you will be asked if you would like your order to be shipped to you via UPS (for a fee) or to pick up your order at a Madison College Campus location of your choice.  If you opt to pickup your textbooks and your order has been processed, you will receive an email with specific instructions on where to go for curbside pickup, depending on the pickup campus. More detailed Bookstore information can be found here.
    • Technology - Madison College is excited to offer the required technology you need for successful remote learning. Madison College provides loaned laptop computers and internet hotspots free of charge to all currently registered students. Visit Technology Services to learn more and to request a laptop and Wi-Fi.
    • Library Services will have limited, in-person support via appointment. Days and hours found here. Student Achievement Center (tutoring services) will be available virtually.
    • Testing Services will have limited, in-person service via appointment. Days and hours found here
    • Student Life will have limited, in-person support. Days and hours found here.
    • Food Pantry – Drive-up service at Truax Health Building and Goodman South Campus will resume on January 19, 2021. More information on days and hours of operation can be found here.  

    Still have questions?  Call 608-246-6076 to speak with a Success Coach in the Student Success Center or contact another campus if applicable to your situation:

    Fort Atkinson – 920-568-7200

    Portage – 608-745-3100

    Reedsburg – 608-524-7800

    Watertown – 920-206-8000

    Goodman South – 608-243-4200

    I wish each of you the best as you begin this semester.
    We look forward to continuing to support you in your journey.