Technology Access Program

Open access to college laptops and Wi-Fi.

Madison College is excited to offer the required technology and resources you need for successful remote learning. We are committed to doing all we can to provide affordable, accessible education for all.  

For help with the laptop setup process, accessing the hotspot's internet connection, or any other academic technology need, contact the Student Technology Hub in the library.

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Laptop or Hotspot Rental

Madison College provides loaned laptop computers and internet hotspots free of charge to all currently registered students. You can view the full terms of service here.

Equipment Available

  • Laptop computer (property of Madison College) loaded with Microsoft tools and antivirus software.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot so you can access the internet at your convenience.

Request Equipment

Pickup

You have the option to pick up your equipment in person or have it mailed to you.

  • In-Person
  • Mailing
    • Before filling out the Equipment Loan Request form, make sure your address is correct in your myMadisonCollege. This can be found under My Profile – Addresses.
    • If needed, change your address BEFORE filling out the form.
    • Fill out the Equipment Loan Request form.
    • You will receive a notification when your equipment ships.

Return

It is important for you to return equipment on time so Madison College can provide them to other students. If you are graduating or no longer taking classes, you must return by the due date for that semester.

You can find up-to-date return information on Student Technology Hub's equipment returns page.

 
Wi-Fi Access

Madison College has installed additional wireless access points in campus parking lots. Students who need internet access can come to these campuses by car to access secure internet Wi-Fi.

Key Information:

  • This secure Wi-Fi is available between 7 am – 8 pm, 7 days/week.
  • The network is Madison College’s secure Wi-Fi (MC-Secure).
  • Users will need to login with valid Madison College issued username and password.
  • You must park only in designated spaces while using Wi-Fi.
  • You must arrive in and remain in a vehicle and practice mandated social distancing at all times.
  • Public Safety will monitor these areas at Truax. Regional campus parking lots are monitored 24/7.

Wi-Fi is available at the following campus locations:

  • Madison Campuses
    • Truax – Parking area on the north side of Heath and Information Technology Building.
    • Goodman South – Parking area nearest back/south entrance.
  • Regional Campuses:
    • Fort Atkinson – Parking area in the first and second rows on north side of building.
    • Watertown – Parking area in the first and second rows.
    • Portage – Parking area in the first and second rows.
    • Reedsburg – Parking area on the east and north sides of the building.

Additional Wi-Fi is available off campus through Eduroam:

Eduroam (education roaming) is a secure network service available to Madison College students. You can use your Madison College credentials at any Eduroam-enabled school and get instant network connectivity. This also means visitors from participating schools can get wireless network connectivity at Madison College campuses.  

UW-Madison and UW-Platteville are Eduroam members. Use your Madison College credentials to connect to the Eduroam Wi-Fi if you are in range of UW-Madison and UW-Platteville campuses. Find additional Eduroam locations using the locator map.

For more information, contact the student technology hub at (608) 243-4444 or student-help@madisoncollege.edu.

EBB

The Federal Communications Commission is launching a new program starting May 12 to help households pay for broadband access. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program will help people afford internet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program offers for eligible households:

  • Up to $50 per month discount toward broadband service and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
  • Up to $100 one-time discount to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from certain providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Those who received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Job loss or furlough that resulted in a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
  • Households that participate in SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline.
  • Those who have an income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Households with students who receive free and reduced-price school lunch program benefits or school breakfast program.

Those who qualify can sign up by:

For More Information:

You can find any updates on the program by visiting https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.  

Fall 2021 Equipment Pickup

Students who are currently enrolled in classes can request a laptop or hotspot rental to help with their studies. Madison College is hosting an equipment pickup event for students to pick up their equipment prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

Students must fill out the loan request form before going to campus.

Request Equipment

Once a request has been submitted, students will have the following options for equipment pickup.

  • Truax: Students can walk in August 21st-28th to pick up their equipment from the Gallery. No appointment necessary.
    • Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
    • Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm
  • South: Students can walk up to the loading dock August 16th-September 3rd to pick up equipment. No appointment necessary.
    • Monday-Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm 
    • Friday 8:00am-4:30pm 
    • Saturday – 9:00am-2:00pm 
  • Portage & Reedsburg: Students can come to the front desk during standard operating hours. No appointment necessary.
    • Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
    • Friday 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Fort Atkinson & Watertown: Students can come to the front desk during standard operating hours. No appointment necessary.
    • Monday-Thursday 7:30am-6:00pm
    • Friday 7:30am-4:30pm