Madison Area Technical College

Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) (informally MATC) is a public technical and community college based 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]

Madison Area Technical College
MottoReal world smart.
Technical College
PresidentJack E. Daniels, III
Academic staff
United States
ColorsBlue & White          

It is among the largest of the 16 schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System, serving 21,249 degree-credit and 12,742 non-credit students in 2017-2018.[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]


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 upgrade

On November 2, 2010, 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] Projects included in the plan were a Health Education Building, including a public clinic, dental hygiene clinic, and massage therapy clinic; a Protective Service Center; an emergency vehicle operations course; the Truax gateway, which contains a library, student achievement center, and enrollment center; and new classrooms, labs, and learning centers at the regional campuses in Fort Atkinson, Reedsburg, Portage, and Watertown. In response to the need for accessible, quality higher education facilities and community gathering spaces in Madison's most underserved part of the city, Madison College will open the doors to its new Goodman South Campus in Fall 2019. This $23 million, state-of-the-art facility is being funded entirely by private donations.[6]


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.[7] The University of Wisconsin--Madison is the school's largest transfer partner.[8]

Other technical programs include Civil Engineering Technology 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.[9] In 2014, Madison College began to offer digital badges for learning.[10]


The Madison College Wolfpack is a member of the NJCAA Division III (North Central Community College Conference) for all sports except for Baseball & Softball (Division II).

Notable people


  1. Madison Area Technical College Campus and Location Information "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-08-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Madison Area Technical College, History of Madison Area Technical College Archived 2014-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Madison Area Technical College Name and Logo Change
  5. Madison Area Technical College Smart Community Plan
  6. "2015 Facilities Three Year Plan" (PDF). Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  9. Madison Area Technical College 2009-2010 Academic Year Headcount
  11. Biographical Sketch
  12. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-2010,' Biographical Sketch of Steve Hilgenberg, pg. 53
  13. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2009-1010, Biographical Sketch of Joseph T. Parisi, pg. 51

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