South Campus Initiative

Project Announcement

Officials from Madison College affirmed that construction of all phases of its new South Campus will begin in June and be completed in time to hold classes and community meetings there in fall 2019.

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, which gave a $3 million cash gift and issued a $3.5 million matching challenge last October, has restructured its contribution in the amount up to $10.2 million to ensure the new South Campus will be completed in a single phase.

Previous multi-million dollar gifts have been received from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation, which contributed $10 million, and the American Family Dreams Foundation, $1.3 million.  

More information is available in the full news release (inside the IN THE NEWS dropdown)


Madison College is committed to incorporating a diverse set of community perspectives into the Madison College South Campus Initiative planning and design process. 


  • Open a new South campus that meets the needs of the South Madison community.
  • Increase access of South Madison residents to Madison College.
  • Work with community leaders to better assess educational and training gaps.
  • Offer affordable programs and classes that fill those gaps.
Community Meetings

Community Engagement

Input from the community and diverse perspectives are an important part of the Madison College South Campus Initiative process. A series of outreach efforts helped us gather your input. 

Community Sharing meetings

A series of community sharing meetings took place in 2017 to learn more about what fellow community members had to say. Information from this report was presented at the meetings. 

The Madison College South Campus Initiative presentation has additional information.


With the help of Urban Assets, confidential interviews of South Madison community and business leaders assessed future programming, service and design needs for the campus. The interviews took place in the Spring and Summer 2017. 


Urban Assets will conduct four to six focus group meetings in Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 to understand the needs and barriers related to the new campus. 

Community Support

Support for the expanded South Campus from Madison-area community and business leaders is central to the initiative. 

Learn more about what community and business leaders say about Madison College's South Campus Initiative.  

Advisory Council

About the Council

The Madison College South Campus Initiative Advisory Council is made up of business and community leaders, and residents of the Madison College South Service Area. Staff members from the City of Madison are also involved in the council. 

The advisory council will provide feedback and advice to the project management team throughout the community engagement and development process for the new South Campus. With the help of engagement consultant Urban Assets, Madison College will conduct targeted outreach to South Madison residents, community organizations, and civic and business leaders to identify the community values, vision, needs and opportunities that will shape the new South Campus. 


  • Develop an intimate understanding of the initiative.
  • Spread the word about the initiative and associated community engagement efforts.
  • Provide advice to the project management team regarding community engagement, programming and facility development. 


  • Review and asses data collected by Madison College regarding South Madison.
  • Understand state and local regulatory issues related to facility development and procurement.
  • Advise the college on additional outreach and data collection activities to inform planning.
  • Provide feedback to the college regarding design and programming proposals.
  • Provide input on appropriate engagement techniques within the South Madison project area and utilize existing community engagement forums.
  • Ensure that diverse interests are represented throughout the planning process and encourage involvement of stakeholders. 

The Advisory Council will meet each month March 2017 through June 2018. The council will not meet in December 2017. 

Meeting Minutes and Materials

South Madison Campus projected timeline

Map of location and campus renderings

Minutes from the Madison College South Campus Initiative Advisory Council meetings are available for the community.

Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 23, 2017
June 27, 2017

August 28, 2017: New South Campus location


History of the South Campus Initiative

In April and May 2016, the Madison College District Board approved the expansion of the South Campus facility, academic programs and services to meet the higher education needs of South Madison. 

Metro Campus Recommendations:
Metro Campus Recommendations, April 6, 2016
President Jack E. Daniels III Recommendation Remarks, April 6, 2016

Metro Campus Reports:
Executive Summary Metro Campus Report, March 2016 
Metro Campus Report, February 18, 2015

Madison College District Board meeting minutes relating to the South Campus:
April 6, 2016
April 20, 2016
May 4, 2016

With the help of South Madison leaders and community groups at three community forums, a plan was outlined to expand the South Campus. 


The Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been completed for Madison College‚Äôs proposed South Madison Campus located at 801 W. Badger Road in Madison. This is a requirement of Chapter TCS12, State Stats. concerning Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act within the Wisconsin Technical College System.

A public meeting will be held on January 2, 2018 from 5 - 6 p.m. in room SM114 at the existing Madison College South Campus at the Villager Mall at 2238 S. Park Street in Madison. Comments can be made at the meeting and/or submitted in writing at any time during the 45-day public comment period, which will begin November 16, 2017 through January 3, 2018.

Please send all comments to:

Lynn Bradley
General Engineering Company
916 Silver Lake Drive
Portage, WI 53901
Phone:  608-697-7729
Fax: 608-742-2592
E-mail Lynn Bradley

Questions about the Madison College South Campus Initiative Advisory Council can be directed to the South Campus at or (608) 243-4200.