State of Madison College Address

A message from Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III 

 

October 21, 2020

Madison College welcomes you

As we look to 2021 and our spring semester, I remind you that Madison College is here for you. No matter what happens, count on us to help you reach your career and educational goals. 2020 has presented obstacles that at times have felt insurmountable: COVID, unemployment, racism and violence. Yet, as a community, we have managed to forge ahead. Our educational offerings for Spring 2021 are stronger than ever.    

Your safety remains our top priority  

Our COVID protocols have been effective in keeping our community safe. We have been able to limit the number of positive cases on campus. Thanks to careful planning, we were able to act swiftly to limit our campus community’s exposure to those cases. You have our word that we will follow stringent campus safety guidelines as long as we need to. 

Course Formats  

Our spring course schedule is again designed for maximum flexibility, providing several course options for students and ensuring everyone’s health and safety. The primary emphasis for all programs, credentials and courses is to continue to offer remote delivery options including online and online live. We anticipate approximately 70 percent of our courses will be held in remote formats.  

For learning that requires some in-person instruction, we will focus on hybrid delivery (that is, a combination of online and in-person). Fully in-person classes will be extremely limited, offered only to targeted occupational programs. All classrooms have been adapted to allow for safe physical distancing.  

Contingency plans will be in place to shift any in-person class to a fully remote environment, if conditions change. In cases where an in-person course or program component is required, but a student can’t attend (no matter the reason) advisors and faculty will work to find alternatives for the student’s course schedule. Find the latest course offerings and formats on our website.  

Tools at your fingertips 

I highly encourage you to download the Navigate app to your phone or access on a desktop through your myMadisonCollege new portal. Not only will you receive campus news and updates, you can use Navigate allows you to connect with faculty and advisors, schedule appointments, plan your classes and more.  

Open access to college laptops and wi-fi  

If you are without your own laptop or internet connection, let us help. Madison College will provide a college laptop and a wi-fi hotspot to any student with a documented need. You can also use the internet by accessing our wi-fi in any Madison College parking lot. We have also joined Eduroam, which provides students wi-fi access at locations throughout our college district.    

We can also help you with technology training to help you prepare for remote learning. Choose from many course offerings. Plus, when you need help, reach out for one-to-one support available through our student help desk.  

Planning your next step  

Lean on our campus resources to help you plan your next step. Rely on our student services such as counseling, academic advising, disability resource services, tutoring and more.  

If you have financial concerns, we can help. Our financial aid experts can help you with emergency funding and financial aid.  We developed this easy checklist to help you every step of the way.    

As always, we will keep you updated. Remember that we are here to help you reach your dreams.  

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.  

Jack E. Daniels, III PhD

President