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Madison Area Technical College

Madison Area Technical College
Motto Real world smart.
Established 1912
Type Public
Technical College
President Jack E. Daniels, III
Academic staff
Students 16,139
Location Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Campus Urban
Nickname MATC (de jure)
Madison College (de facto)
Colors Blue & White          
Mascot Wolfie
Website .edumadisoncollege

Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) (informally MATC) is a technical and community college centered in Madison, Wisconsin. It serves students in parts of 12 counties in south-central Wisconsin: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Marquette, Richland, Rock, and Sauk. Campus locations include several throughout the city of Madison and four regional sites in the cities of Reedsburg, Watertown, Fort Atkinson, and Portage.[1]

It is among the largest of the 16 schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System, serving 5,392 full-time and 10,747 part-time students in 2012.[2] In addition to traditional, campus-based courses, the college offers degrees and courses in online, accelerated (6-week), compressed (8-week), and hybrid formats.[2]


  • History 1
    • Nickname change 1.1
  • Facilities master plan 2
  • Curriculum 3
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The college was founded in 1912 as the Madison Continuation School, providing vocational education, citizenship, and homemaking classes.[3] In 1921, it moved into a building next to the former Madison Central High School in downtown Madison and became known as Madison Vocational School.[3]

In response to the Great Depression, the Madison Vocational School created non-credit, continuing education courses in artisan crafts, such as millinery, woodworking, and chair-caning. During the 1942-43 academic year, courses met on the third shift to teach skills needed for wartime manufacturing jobs.[3]

Starting in 1966, the college offered college-transfer and credit-bearing courses. In 1987, the primary campus shifted to a larger, east-side facility, built near the Truax Field Dane County Regional Airport.

In 2012, a state referendum funded physical updates at regional campuses and new construction at this Truax campus.

Nickname change

In 2010 the college began to refer to itself as "Madison College", in part to help end confusion with Milwaukee Area Technical College (also known as "MATC"). The official name of the school remains Madison Area Technical College.[4]

Facilities master plan

On November 2, 2010, 59.60 percent of voters supported the Madison College Smart Community Plan, a $133,770,000 plan for new facilities, renovations, and upgrades to meet the increasing demand for education and job training.[5]


The school offers more than 175 associate degrees and technical diploma programs, as well as trade apprenticeships and other certifications. The Liberal Arts transfer program offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences degrees that satisfy the first two years of general studies at some four-year institutions.[6] The University of Wisconsin--Madison is the school's the largest transfer partner.[7]

Other technical programs include Civil Engineering Technology, Electron Microscopy Technician and Meeting and Event Management. Certificates include Bio-Tech Post-Baccalaureate, Bioinformatics, Android Apps Development, Digital Forensics, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Mobile Marketing, and Social Media Marketing.

Adult continuing education programs offer non-credit professional and personal development classes. In the 2009–2010 school year, 23,994 seats were filled in degree-credit programs and 19,294 seats were filled in non-degree courses.[8] In 2014, Madison College began to offer digital badges for learning.[9]

Notable people


  1. ^ Madison Area Technical College Campus and Location Information
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b c Madison Area Technical College, History of Madison Area Technical College.
  4. ^ Madison Area Technical College Name and Logo Change
  5. ^ Madison Area Technical College Smart Community Plan
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  7. ^
  8. ^ Madison Area Technical College 2009-2010 Academic Year Headcount
  9. ^
  10. ^ Biographical Sketch
  11. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-2010,' Biographical Sketch of Steve Hilgenberg, pg. 53
  12. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-1010, Biographical Sketch of Joseph T. Parisi, pg. 51

External links

  • Madison Area Technical College website
  • Madison College - School of Academic Advancement - GED/HSED/ESL programs

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