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 beings on December 1.
High school counselors 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:
Spring 2021
Jan. 19 - May 14

 

Spring 2021 Programming

High School Academies and Running Start options include:

 
Online
Morning, Afternoon and Evenings

Undecided? The Areas of Study Exploratory Pathway is designed to guide students through a career exploration process while earning 12 – 15 credits. This path allows students to explore career and educational plans, attend career planning workshops to assess and evaluate goals, access campus resources that bolster success, and create a plan to help choose a program and career direction. Need help? We help students explore careers right away, and an exploratory advisor will help identify interests, skills and programs within a specific area of study. Learn more on the Area of Study program page. First semester courses vary depending on which Exploratory Path is chosen. 

 

Basic Early Childhood Educator

Madison South Campus

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
Mon./Wed./Thurs./Fri. 8 - 10 a.m. | January 19 - May 13
Mon. & Thurs. 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. | March 22  - May 13
Students will learn hand-on skills needed for successful entry into today's biotech job market. Students who complete the nine courses 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

 

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Madison Campus
M/W/F Mornings
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

 

Madison Campus
Morning, Afternoon and Evenings
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
Mon. & Wed. 10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Fri. 10 - 11:50 a.m.
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

 

Liberal Arts Transfer Academy
Online
Morning, Afternoon and Evenings
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

 

Online
Morning, Afternoon and Evenings
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 credit
 
 

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

 

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

 

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)

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.