Support for Grow South Madison from area community and business leaders is central to the initiative.
FLOYD ROSE, 100 BLACK MEN:
“The Madison neighborhoods deemed to have significant barriers to opportunity are also neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty. Two of the most acute low-opportunity neighborhoods in our community are in south Madison and southwest Madison. Given that employment is the fundamental pathway from poverty, Madison College is, without equal, the most effective means of empowerment in south Madison and southwest Madison. For more than 100 years, Madison College has strove to provide transformational, affordable and accessible educational opportunity to all. Madison College is logically the greatest channel for sustainable economic and comprehensive social well-being in south Madison and southwest Madison.”
ZACH BRANDON, PRESIDENT, GREATER MADISON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
“The Madison College South Campus represents a critical investment and an important step toward driving equity, retaining talent in our region and building an advanced economy that works for everyone. Our economy is moving rapidly, and this opportunity will ensure success in the next wave of the economy. Greater Madison is positioned to be a laboratory for change, and this campus will be part of that laboratory.”
KAREN MENENDEZ-COLLER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTRO HISPANO OF DANE COUNTY:
“I am thrilled to hear about the direction of the new campus. So many of our Centro families already rely on the college to be their bridge for their higher education. With the expansion of the South Madison Campus, Madison College has now reaffirmed its commitment to higher education for communities of color. The new campus will become a strong anchor on the South side for the work of so many non-profits.
ZONG HER, MADISON COLLEGE EMPLOYEE:
"For many years, it has been my privilege to be a part of Madison College, an organization that provides an opportunity to pursue the American dream. Like so many community colleges, we are the first stop for many first-generation and underrepresented students. The generosity demonstrated by the Goodman Foundation, American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, and Great Lakes show there are people and organizations in our community that believe in the vision and mission of our college and are choosing to back up their belief in us with generous funding.
"I believe Madison College’s presence in South Madison will bring hope and development to the local community, bringing the American dream within reach of a population that may not have considered higher education as something they could ever attain. Working in Institutional Research & Effectiveness, I’ve seen much of the data on our student population and how much they need the support of all faculty and staff to be successful.
"I was excited to see that the programming in South Madison would involve partnering with the high schools for STEM education. The plans to have full wrap-around services, in addition to so much “community” social services, is quite inspirational to me. Being a Hmong-American and first-generation college graduate, I understand that it takes a village to raise a child. I have personally experienced how education changes lives. How could I not be involved in this campaign? I know my monetary contribution in this campaign is just a drop in the bucket, but together, we can do much greater things, not only for the present, but for generations to come!"
Learn more about what community and business leaders say about the new South Campus.