Early College Academies

Madison College is excited to share upcoming High School Academy and Running Start opportunities with you! An Academy is a class or group of classes that leads to a Madison College credential or industry certification.

Madison College Early College programming collaborates with school districts to offer high school students the chance to explore their passions through multiple pathways. Students can earn college credit, certificates and technical diplomas during high school and leave with a post-secondary credential. Many Academies and Running Start opportunities are flexible and can be completed over multiple semesters to ensure students' success.

Interested in participating in any of the following opportunities next semester?

  1. Fill out a Start College Now form (PDF) and submit it to your school district. (Due by March 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester). Students who miss these deadlines should contact their high school counselor for other options!
  2. Work with your high school counselor to build a schedule that includes your college courses.
  3. Spring priority registration begins on December 1, and priority registration for fall academies begins May 14.
High school counselors, homeschooled students and private/charter school staff can contact EarlyCollege@madisoncollege.edu or call 608-243-4595 for more details.

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Unless otherwise noted, semester dates are as follows:
Fall 2021
Aug. 30 - Dec. 17

 

Fall 2021 Programming

High School Academies and Running Start options include:

 

Audio Production

Some Online / Some In Person

Students will work with advanced level production techniques in audio design, recording, editing as well as learn specific audio production tools and communication strategies.
Sound Production Techniques prerequisite: grade of C or better in Introduction to Computer Graphics, 10201181; On-Air Performance prerequisite: grade of C or better in Written Communication or English 1.

 
10-206-131
3 credits
10-206-144
1 credits
10-206-151
3 credits
10-206-153
3 credits
20-801-269
3 credits

 

Basic Early Childhood Educator

Madison Campus

Online or Some Online / Some In Person

The Basic Early Childhood Educator embedded technical diploma from Madison College meets the basic requirements to work as a teacher in early childhood settings. All nine credits are also part of the Preschool Embedded Technical Diploma.

Requirements: Students must provide current immunizations including TB records, complete a Background Information Disclosure and Criminal History Check.  

 

10-307-167
3 credits
10-307-108
3 credits
10-307-174
3 credits
 
 
Truax Campus
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 9:50 a.m. | August 30 - December 17
Some Online / Some In Person
Students will learn hands-on skills needed for successful entry into today's biotech job market. Students who complete the nine credits listed below will receive an embedded technical diploma and be working towards the Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate Degree. 
Requirements: Students need to have completed high school Chemistry, Biology and Algebra 1 with a C or better.
 
10-007-136
1 credits
10-007-108
1 credits
10-007-111
1 credits
10-007-105
3 credits

 

Electronics Soldering Assembler

Truax Campus

Monday - Thursday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Open lab)

Some Online / Some In Person

Earning an Electronic Soldering Assembler embedded technical diploma at Madison College will provide students with skills like soldering and component testing, and prepare them for a job in one of the many fields that involves electronic assembly. Upon completion, students will receive an Electronics Soldering Assembler Certificate as well as 8 credits towards the Electronics Associate Degree. These courses are also applicable to the Electronic Engineering Technology Associate Degree at Madison College and currently transferable to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSoE), and to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville very soon.

 
10-605-112
3 credits
10-605-112
3 credits

 

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Madison Campus
This is an entry-level emergency medical provider course that will prepare individuals for employment or a volunteer position in a variety of pre-hospital, industrial and first responder settings. The EMR course is designed to provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills to manage many medical and trauma-related emergencies. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are eligible to seek national certification as an emergency medical responder through the National Registry of EMTs.
Requirements:  Students must be capable of performing the actions authorized by the Department in Wisconsin Scope of Practice for the Emergency Medical Responder, capable of becoming certified in CPR at the Healthcare provider level, and does not have an arrest of conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an Emergency Medical Responder.
 
30-531-310
2 credits

 

Morning, Afternoon and Evenings
In Person
Students who successfully complete both EMT 1 and 2 will receive a Technical Diploma and be prepared to obtain licensure as an EMT Basic in the State of Wisconsin. This approximately 184 hours will include classroom instruction, lectures, discussion, demonstrations, online assignments, and skill practice on emergent medical and traumatic encounters, dealing with special populations, and EMS Operations. Students who complete the two Emergency Medical Technician courses plus the Fire Recruit Academy will receive the Fire Service Certification Technical Diploma.
Requirements: Students must be 18 years old by Jan. 2021 to participate in this academy. Students must provide health history documentation, complete a Background Information Disclosure and Criminal History Check prior to placement in the field.
 
10-531-102
2 credits
10-531-103
3 credits

 

Fire Recruit Academy
Truax Campus
Mon. - Fri. mornings
200 hours of fire fighting training prepares students for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter I and Firefighter 2 certification examinations. Students who complete the two Emergency Medical Technician courses plus the Fire Recruit Academy will receive the Fire Service Certification Technical Diploma.
Requirements: NexGen Read 253+ or ACCP Read 80+ or ACT Read 18+ or have transcripts showing a college-level English course with a grade of C or higher. Students should also fully understand this course is physically and academically challenging.
 
10-503-100
5 credits
 
 
Fitness Instructor
Truax Campus
Becoming a fitness instructor allows students to channel their passion for health and fitness into a rewarding career that positively impacts the lives of countless individuals. Students will learn how to properly instruct, demonstrate and correct exercise. They will also be able to improve their participant's wellbeing by giving information about nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle management. Students who complete these seven credits will be prepared to sit for the ACE Group Fitness Exam and be on their way to receiving a Fitness and Wellness Technical Diploma or a Fitness and Recreation Management Associate Degree.
Requirements: Students of any age can take the courses but must be 18 years old to take the ACE Group Fitness Exam. 
 
10-109-173
3 credits
20-806-262
1 credits
 
Fill your week by taking one or two of the following classes on Tuesday and/or Thursday to get a jump-start on the Fitness and Recreation Associate Degree.
10-801-195
3 credits
10-801-196
3 credits
10-804-123
3 credits
10-809-199
3 credits
10-809-195
3 credits

 

Online or In Person
The Arts and Humanities Pre-major provides a foundation in the knowledge and skills at the core of what it means to be human. The Pre-major includes subjects that foster critical, analytical and creative thinking about human behavior and attitudes towards ourselves, towards each other—both as individuals and as members of groups—and towards the natural and human-built environment. Coursework in the Pre-major prepares students for success in a variety of majors that students could pursue after they transfer. Browse course offerings in Liberal Arts Transfer programs on our academic programs page or email Early College to create a customized course package.
Here is an example of a course package you may take:
 
20-801-201
3 credits
20-803-212
3 credits
20-809-203
3 credits
20-804-212
3 credits
 
 
Online or In Person
Madison College’s Education Pre-major provides a foundation in general education that will set students up for success in the Wisconsin-approved teacher-certification program where they intend to transfer. Transfer from a two-year college in order to complete a BA or BS degree can be a challenge to navigate due to the many specific course requirements. The education Pre-major supports students in selecting a program and choosing courses that will best match their teaching interests at their preferred transfer institution. Specific transfer agreements are available for transferring into four-year colleges, including Edgewood College’s School of Education.
Here is an example of a course package you may take:
 
20-809-216
Introduction to Education and Teaching
3 credits
20-807-266
2 credits
20-804-201
4 credits
20-809-215
3 credits

 

Liberal Arts Transfer General Academy
Online or In Person
The right package of courses will vary based on your post-secondary goals and courses previously taken. Browse course offerings in Liberal Arts Transfer programs on our academic programs page or email Early College to create a customized course package.
Here is an example of a course package you may take:
 
20-801-201
3 credits
20-803-212
3 credits
20-809-203
3 credits
20-804-212
3 credits

 

Some Online / Some In Person
Students learn social media principles, how to develop an integrated marketing campaign incorporating traditional and digital channels, SEO techniques, web considerations for marketing and the latest in mobile marketing techniques. Students who complete these 12 credits will earn a Technical Diploma and be on their way to receiving a Marketing Associate Degree. Students may choose to take the entire program in one semester or over multiple semesters.
Requirements: Students must take Marketing Principles before they can take Digital Marketing.
 
10-104-102
3 credits
10-104-114
3 credits
10-104-162
3 credits
10-104-164
3 credits
10-104-169
3 credits

 

Madison Campus

The Medical Assistant (MA) program prepares students for work in a physician's office, from general office procedures to basic medical laboratory techniques and helping in the exam room. Students may begin as early as their junior year of high school, and graduate after just one semester at Madison College. Below is an example timeline for course completion.

Requirements: Students must provide current immunizations, complete a Background Information Disclosure, a Criminal History Check, and have current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

First Spring Semester

10-501-101
3 credits
10-501-107
2 credits
31-509-302
3 credits

First Fall Semester or Second Spring Semester

10-801-195
3 credits
31-509-301
2 credits
31-509-307
2 credits

Second Fall Semester

31-509-303
2 credits

Third Spring Semester

31-509-305
2 credits
31-509-308
2 credits
31-509-310
3 credits

 

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Truax Campus
Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program combines fundamental laboratory techniques and clinical experience, preparing graduates for work in laboratories serving the health care sector. MLT's are an integral part of the healthcare field, collecting samples and performing tests to analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances. Below is an example timeline for course completion.

Requirements: Students must provide current immunizations, complete a Background Information Disclosure, a Criminal History Check, and have current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

First Spring Semester

10-513-111
2 credits
10-513-110
1 credits
 

First Fall Semester or Second Spring Semester

10-801-195
3 credits
20-809-231
3 credits
20-806-206
4 credits
20-806-273
5 credits
20-809-203
3 credits
10-513-113
1 credit
10-513-114
2 credits
10-801-198
3 credits
00-000-000
Elective
1 credit

Second Fall Semester

10-513-115
2 credits
10-513-121
1 credit
10-513-120
3 credits
10-513-109
4 credits

Third Spring Semester

10-513-130
2 credits
10-513-116
4 credits
10-513-133
4 credits

Third Fall Semester

10-513-140
2 credits
10-513-141
2 credits
10-513-151
3 credits
10-513-152
4 credits
10-513-153
1 credit

 

 

Microsoft Office Essentials

Online
Madison College developed the Microsoft Office Essentials to help students get hired, earn a promotion or update their skills for work in today's modern offices. Completing the Microsoft Office Essentials certificate at Madison College will prepare them to become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist. 
 
10-103-121
1 credits
10-103-165
1 credits
10-103-137
1 credits
10-103-133
1 credits
10-103-145
1 credits
10-103-143
1 credits


 

Nursing Assistant (NA)

All Campuses

Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Weekends

The program prepares students for employment as Nursing Assistants (NA). Students will learn communication, basic nursing and personal care skills, clients' right and care of clients with dementia. Requirements: Prior to course registration, students must demonstrate the reading comprehension requirement, complete a Background Information Disclosure, a Criminal History Check, provide current immunizations, including TB records and proof of insurance.

 
       30-543-300
3 credits

 

 

Optometric Technician  

Truax Campus

Some Online / Some In Person

 In the Optometric Technician program at Madison College, instructors train students to work in eye care, emphasizing the unique duties required of an optometric technician to provide quality vision care services to patients. Note: Some enrollment requirements for courses in this program may be waived for qualified high school students. Consult an Early College advisor for more information.

 

First Semester

       31-516-315
2 credits
 
 
Morning, Afternoon and Evenings
Students will be trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations or research.
Requirements: Students must be 18 years old to participate in this academy. Prior to course registration, students must demonstrate competencies in Algebra, English and Reading, complete a Background Information Disclosure, a Criminal History Check, provide current immunizations, including TB records and proof of insurance.
 
10-513-110
1 credits
10-513-111
2 credits

 

Pre-Nursing Fundamentals (General Education Courses)
Some Online / Some In Person

With the Pre-Nursing Fundamentals programming, students complete core courses, up to 22 credits, required for the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) program, and are prepared to begin college level clinical and lab experiences upon graduation from high school.

 

 

Some Online / Some In Person
The Visual Storytelling Certificate is for students interested in a career in multimedia communications. The certificate will provide students with foundational skills needed to land paid internships, part-time and full-time jobs in the professional areas of videography, photography, and social media communications. 
 
10-201-181
3 credits
10-206-130
3 credits
20-801-253
3 credits
20-801-262
3 credits
20-801-271
1 credits