Member Spotlight – Madison Area Technical College


“Madison Area Technical College students provide the inspiration and motivation for our faculty and staff to strive for excellence and improve their skills, ultimately befitting the students they serve. Our partnership with NISOD provides resources and opportunities for professional development that support the Madison Area Technical College mission to provide open access to quality higher education that fosters lifelong learning in our communities.”

– Jack E. Daniels, III, President, Madison Area Technical College

Jack E. Daniels, III, President

Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin | | Established 1912 | Jack E. Daniels, III, President

Member Spotlight Question and Answer 

When did Madison Area Technical College become a NISOD Member?
The college became a member in 1996.

Why is Madison Area Technical College a NISOD Member?
The depth and breadth of resources and information available to NISOD members adds value to our campuses, helping us to better engage our students and foster their success through effective teaching and leadership.

Which NISOD benefits does Madison Area Technical College use the most and how?
NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence offers individuals at Madison Area Technical College the opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the country and to learn about emerging and promising practices. These interactions help guide conversations on our campuses about engaging students in meaningful ways that lead to success. Other NISOD resources, such as the Webinar Series and Innovation Abstracts, provide resources that are used by our faculty and staff in ways that fit their busy schedules.

Interesting News Happening at Madison Area Technical College

Madison Area Technical College to Open New South Campus
On September 3, 2019, Madison Area Technical College opened the doors of its new Goodman South Campus. The new location marks an exciting chapter not only for the college, but for Madison’s long underserved southside population. Implementation of the new campus, funded completely by individual and corporate donations, was driven by a mission to increase educational access, diversity, and inclusion where it is needed most within the community. The new campus will feature career-focused programs in health care, business, criminal justice, and more, as well as credit courses that are transferable to four-year institutions. Offering a full range of academic services and support along with community meeting spaces, students and community members alike will benefit from the new South Campus.

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Partnership Develops STEM Academy
Madison Area Technical College and the Madison Metropolitan School District developed the Early College STEM Academy to serve juniors and seniors who plan to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. The program will also address demographic gaps in STEM career engagement. Students take courses that fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit. Those who remain in the program for two years can earn a high school diploma and an associate degree.

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Title III Grant Addresses Retention, Completion Strategies
With the help of a five-year, $3-million Department of Education Title III grant, Madison Area Technical College is transforming student services to increase degree completion or transfer. The grant will help the college implement strategies to address the advising needs of all students, including those who lack basic skills. Eleven teams involving more than 80 individuals from across the college are engaged in work related to the grant. The college will use online tools, connected data systems, and increased training for faculty advisors.

Student Athletes Score Academic Honors
Madison Area Technical College recently honored several student athletes for academic honors. 54 scholars were named Academic All-Conference Award winners by the North Central Community College Conference for achieving a 3.0 or better grade point average. Additionally, 20 student-athletes were named NJCAA All-Americans for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. Madison Area Technical College has eight athletic teams in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

Madison Area Technical College Honored as a MPPWCC Award Recipient
NISOD and Diverse­­: Issues In Higher Education recently honored Madison Area Technical College with a 2019 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges award. The list includes two-year colleges from across the U.S. that share a dedication to creating a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and supportive workplace. The criteria for making this list are recognition of good work, service to the community, and institutional investment in professional development.

Every month, NISOD turns the spotlight on the effective ways member colleges use NISOD benefits. These member colleges exemplify NISOD’s mission of improving teaching, learning, and leadership, with the ultimate goal being to increase student success.