Madison College prepares for the 2010 Fall Semester
Growing in the ‘Hood
because of the bilingual certificates and college transfer courses we offerand nursing assistant is one of the largest programs, id we
needed the higher levels to support the students who are attending here. Now we have the full complement of ESL, levels 1-6 and then
they need to move out to Truax for levels 7-8. But 1-6 is a huge change.”
      Florenzo Cribbs, former president of the Allied Drive-Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, just graduated from the UW Odyssey
Project. It whet his appetite for more education. “UW has a program called Community and Non-Profit Leadership,” Cribbs said. “That’s
what I want to do. I want to be the change that I want to see for Allied Drive, but also the Madison community. MATC is close to my
house. I don’t have to go all the way to Truax or Commercial. And they have a lot of things that I need right here on this campus. I can
get those classes right here. Right now I have 12 credits and I think for the UW program, I can use nine of them. All I need are 24
credits before I can go to the UW. I might think about getting that Associate’s degree. I might think about staying for the whole 54
      The convenience that Madison College offers is also that one can sign up for classes up until the day the classes begin if the class
is open and the student has the required pre-requisites. For the ESL, GED and nursing assistant program, the first day of classes is
August 23. For its college transfer and other academic classes, they begin after Labor Day.
“The only way we are going to fix the problems that we have anywhere is through education,” Cribbs said. A solution to many of those
problems is just a few blocks away.
      To register for classes or get more informations, students can visit the Madison South campus in The Villager Mall or sign up
online at Financial aid is available.

By Jonathan Gramling

      Madison College, aka Madison Area Technical College, has come a
long ways since it had a couple of classrooms in the Labor Temple and held
ESL classes at Centro Hispano. Since it joined with other community
partners in providing educational programs in The Villager Mall, Madison
College has grown into small campus complete with its own bursar and
      On August 7, Madison College held an open house for potential
students. And it brought in Big Mike from 93.1 JAMZ to help spread the word
about the campus.
      “I didn’t know that MATC had so many services and that they are open
to fit everyone’s schedule,” Big Mike exclaimed. “The fact that they are open
mornings, evenings and even on Sunday is a big thing for me because a lot
of people work and can’t necessarily take the time off to go back to school.
They have different family situations and things like that. So I think they are
on to something here. I wanted to know what the name change was about
also. It’s kind of different, but it will always be MATC to me. Madison
Above: 93.1 JAMZ’ Leo Edelstein (l-r), Madison College’s
Valentina Ahedo and 93.1 JAMZ’ Big Mike
Below: Florenzo Cribbs
College, I’m sorry.”
     Valentina Ahedo noted two big areas where Madison College has expanded its south campus
offerings. The first is in its college transfer program. “We try really hard to offer a set of classes for
college transfer that allows students to complete the college transfer degree here without really
having to set foot on the Truax, downtown or other campuses,” Ahedo said. “In fact, one of the
things we are really excited about is we are in partnership with UW Space Place to offer an
astronomy class for this fall. That will be using their facility in the basement plus the telescope
upstairs to offer that Madison College college transfer course. That is a laboratory science course,
which would fulfill that requirement for transfer to the university. We’re really excited about that
     The other area is in English as a Second Language classes, which are used by not only the
Spanish speaking public, but also by people from Africa, East Europe, Tibet and other areas of the
world. “Previously we really focused on the lower levels, 1-3,” Ahedo said. “But what we found is