You know what you want to be. Why not start now? Earn a Madison College credential while working toward your high school diploma. (Academy credits count toward both.) Look at you having two commencement ceremonies at the same time!

Who may participate: High school counselors determine eligibility
Cost: Free
Taught by: Madison College instructors
Time commitment: Fits into your high school schedule

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  • Fall 2021 Programming

    High School Academies and Running Start options include:

    Audio Production

    Some Online / Some In Person

    Students will work with advanced level production techniques in audio design, recording, editing as well as learn specific audio production tools and communication strategies.

    Sound Production Techniques prerequisite: grade of C or better in Introduction to Computer Graphics, 10201181; On-Air Performance prerequisite: grade of C or better in Written Communication or English 1.

    10-206-144 Audio Internship 1 credit
    10-206-151 Advanced Audio Techniques 3 credits
    10-206-153 Audio Project Management 3 credits
    20-801-269 On-Air Performance 3 credits

    Basic Early Childhood Educator

    Madison Campus
    Online or Some Online / Some In-Person

    The Basic Early Childhood Educator embedded technical diploma from Madison College meets the basic requirements to work as a teacher in early childhood settings. All nine credits are also part of the Preschool Embedded Technical Diploma.

    Requirements: Students must provide current immunizations including TB records, complete a Background Information Disclosure and Criminal History Check.

    10-307-167 ECE: Health, Safety, & Nutrition 3 credits
    10-307-108 ECE: Early Language and Literacy 3 credits
    10-307-174 ECE: Introductory Practicum 3 credits

    Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

    Truax Campus
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 9:50 a.m. | August 30 - December 17
    Some Online / Some In-Person

    Students will learn hands-on skills needed for successful entry into today's biotech job market. Students who complete the nine credits listed below will receive an embedded technical diploma and be working towards the Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate Degree.

    Requirements: Students need to have completed high school Chemistry, Biology and Algebra 1 with a C or better.

    10-007-103 Biotechnology Laboratory Skills for a Regulated Workplace 3 credits
    10-007-136 Laboratory Math for Biotechnology 1 credit
    10-007-108 Hazardous Materials-Biotechnology 1 credit
    10-007-111 Biotechnology Career Seminar 1 credit
    10-007-105 Bioprocess Technology 3 credits

    Electronics Soldering Assembler

    Truax Campus
    Monday - Thursday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Open lab)
    Some Online / Some In-Person

    Earning an Electronic Soldering Assembler embedded technical diploma at Madison College will provide students with skills like soldering and component testing, and prepare them for a job in one of the many fields that involves electronic assembly. Upon completion, students will receive an Electronics Soldering Assembler Certificate as well as 8 credits towards the Electronics Associate Degree. These courses are also applicable to the Electronic Engineering Technology Associate Degree at Madison College and currently transferable to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSoE), and to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville very soon.

    10-605-107 Certified IPC Application Specialist (CIS) A-610 1 credit
    10-605-108 Certified IPC Application Specialist (CIS) J-STD-001 1 credit
    10-605-112 Digital Circuit Techniques 3 credits
    10-605-112 AC/DC Electronics 1 3 credits

    Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

    Goodman South Campus

    This is an entry-level emergency medical provider course that will prepare individuals for employment or a volunteer position in a variety of pre-hospital, industrial and first responder settings. The EMR course is designed to provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills to manage many medical and trauma-related emergencies. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are eligible to seek national certification as an emergency medical responder through the National Registry of EMTs.

    Requirements: Students must be capable of performing the actions authorized by the Department in Wisconsin Scope of Practice for the Emergency Medical Responder, capable of becoming certified in CPR at the Healthcare provider level, and does not have an arrest of conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an Emergency Medical Responder.

    30-531-382 Start College Now Emergency Medical Responder 3 credits

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

    Morning, Afternoon and Evenings
    In-Person

    Students who successfully complete both EMT 1 and 2 will receive a Technical Diploma and be prepared to obtain licensure as an EMT Basic in the State of Wisconsin. This approximately 184 hours will include classroom instruction, lectures, discussion, demonstrations, online assignments, and skill practice on emergent medical and traumatic encounters, dealing with special populations, and EMS Operations. Students who complete the two Emergency Medical Technician courses plus the Fire Recruit Academy will receive the Fire Service Certification Technical Diploma.

    Requirements: Students must be 18 years old by Jan. 2021 to participate in this academy. Students must provide health history documentation, complete a Background Information Disclosure and Criminal History Check prior to placement in the field.

    10-531-102 Emergency Medical Technician 1 2 credits
    10-531-103 Emergency Medical Technician 2 3 credits

    Fire Recruit Academy

    Truax Campus
    Mon. - Fri. mornings

    200 hours of fire fighting training prepares students for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter I and Firefighter 2 certification examinations. Students who complete the two Emergency Medical Technician courses plus the Fire Recruit Academy will receive the Fire Service Certification Technical Diploma.

    Requirements: NexGen Read 253+ or ACCP Read 80+ or ACT Read 18+ or have transcripts showing a college-level English course with a grade of C or higher. Students should also fully understand this course is physically and academically challenging.

    10-503-100 Fire Recruit Academy 5 credits

    Fitness Instructor

    Truax Campus

    Becoming a fitness instructor allows students to channel their passion for health and fitness into a rewarding career that positively impacts the lives of countless individuals. Students will learn how to properly instruct, demonstrate and correct exercise. They will also be able to improve their participant's wellbeing by giving information about nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle management. Students who complete these seven credits will be prepared to sit for the ACE Group Fitness Exam and be on their way to receiving a Fitness and Wellness Technical Diploma or a Fitness and Recreation Management Associate Degree.

    Requirements: Students of any age can take the courses but must be 18 years old to take the ACE Group Fitness Exam.

    10-109-173 Group Fitness Development 3 credits
    20-806-262 A&P for Exercise Lab 1 credit
    10-109-297 Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals 3 credits

    Fill your week by taking one or two of the following classes on Tuesday and/or Thursday to get a jump-start on the Fitness and Recreation Associate Degree.

    10-801-195 Written Communications 3 credits
    10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communications 3 credits
    10-804-123 Math with Business Applications 3 credits
    10-809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3 credits
    10-809-195 Economics 3 credits

    Liberal Arts Transfer Academy - Arts and Humanities

    Online or In-Person

    The Arts and Humanities Pre-major provides a foundation in the knowledge and skills at the core of what it means to be human. The Pre-major includes subjects that foster critical, analytical and creative thinking about human behavior and attitudes towards ourselves, towards each other—both as individuals and as members of groups—and towards the natural and human-built environment. Coursework in the Pre-major prepares students for success in a variety of majors that students could pursue after they transfer. Browse course offerings in Liberal Arts Transfer programs on our academic programs page or email earlycollege@madisoncollege.edu to create a customized course package.

    Here is an example of a course package you may take:

    20-801-201 English 1 3 credits
    20-803-212 Am Hist 1865-Pres. 3 credits
    20-809-203 Intro Sociology 3 credits
    20-804-212 College Algebra 3 credits

    Liberal Arts Transfer Academy - Education

    Online or In-Person

    Madison College’s Education Pre-major provides a foundation in general education that will set students up for success in the Wisconsin-approved teacher-certification program where they intend to transfer. Transfer from a two-year college in order to complete a BA or BS degree can be a challenge to navigate due to the many specific course requirements. The education Pre-major supports students in selecting a program and choosing courses that will best match their teaching interests at their preferred transfer institution. Specific transfer agreements are available for transferring into four-year colleges, including Edgewood College’s School of Education.

    Here is an example of a course package you may take:

    20-809-216 Introduction to Education and Teaching 3 credits
    20-807-266 Wellness Today 2 credits
    20-804-201 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits
    20-809-215 African American History 3 credits

    Liberal Arts Transfer General Academy

    Online or In-Person

    The right package of courses will vary based on your post-secondary goals and courses previously taken. Browse course offerings in Liberal Arts Transfer programs on our academic programs page or email earlycollege@madisoncollege.edu to create a customized course package.

    Here is an example of a course package you may take:

    20-801-201 English 1 3 credits
    20-803-212 Am Hist 1865-Pres. 3 credits
    20-809-203 Intro Sociology 3 credits
    20-804-212 College Algebra 3 credits

    Marketing-Social Media

    Some Online / Some In-Person

    Students learn social media principles, how to develop an integrated marketing campaign incorporating traditional and digital channels, SEO techniques, web considerations for marketing and the latest in mobile marketing techniques. Students who complete these 12 credits will earn a Technical Diploma and be on their way to receiving a Marketing Associate Degree. Students may choose to take the entire program in one semester or over multiple semesters.

    Requirements: Students must take Marketing Principles before they can take Digital Marketing.

    10-104-102 Marketing Principles 3 credits
    10-104-114 Social Media Principles 3 credits
    10-104-162 Mobile Marketing 3 credits
    10-104-164 Marketing Digital Design 3 credits
    10-104-169 Digital Marketing 3 credits

    Medical Assistant (MA)

    Madison Campus

    The Medical Assistant (MA) program prepares students for work in a physician's office, from general office procedures to basic medical laboratory techniques and helping in the exam room. Students may begin as early as their junior year of high school, and graduate after just one semester at Madison College. Below is an example timeline for course completion.

    Requirements: Students must provide current immunizations, complete a Background Information Disclosure, a Criminal History Check, and have current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

    First Spring Semester

    10-501-101 Medical Terminology 3 credits
    10-501-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare 2 credits
    31-509-302 Human Body in Health & Disease 3 credits

    First Fall Semester or Second Spring Semester

    10-801-195 Written Communication 3 credits
    31-509-301 Medical Asst. Admin Procedures 2 credits
    31-509-309 Medical Law, Ethics and Professionalism 2 credits
    31-509-307 Medical Office Insurance & Finance 2 credits

    Second Fall Semester

    31-509-303 Medical Asst. Lab Procedures 1 2 credits
    31-509-304 Medical Asst. Clinical Procedures 1 4 credits

    Third Spring Semester

    31-509-305 Medical Asst. Lab Procedures 2 2 credits
    31-509-306 Medical Asst. Clinical Procedures 2 3 credits
    31-509-308 Pharmacology for Allied Health 2 credits
    31-509-310 Medical Asst. Practicum 3 credits

    Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

    Truax Campus

    Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program combines fundamental laboratory techniques and clinical experience, preparing graduates for work in laboratories serving the health care sector. MLT's are an integral part of the healthcare field, collecting samples and performing tests to analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances. Below is an example timeline for course completion.

    Requirements: Students must provide current immunizations, complete a Background Information Disclosure, a Criminal History Check, and have current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

    First Spring Semester

    10-513-111 Phlebotomy 2 credits
    10-513-110 Basic Lab Skills 1 credit

    First Fall Semester or Second Spring Semester

    10-801-195 Written Communication 3 credits
    20-806-201 General, Organic, & Biological Chemistry 5 credits
    20-809-231 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
    20-806-206 General Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits
    20-806-273 Microbiology-University Medical 5 credits
    20-809-203 Intro Sociology 3 credits
    10-513-113 QA Lab Math 1 credit
    10-513-114 Urinalysis 2 credits
    10-801-198 Speech 3 credits

    Second Fall Semester

    10-513-115 Basic Immunology Concepts 2 credits
    10-513-121 Coagulation 1 credit
    10-513-120 Basic Hematology 3 credits
    10-513-109 Blood Bank 4 credits

    Third Spring Semester

    10-513-130 Advanced Hematology 2 credits
    10-513-116 Clinical Chemistry 4 credits
    10-513-133 Clinical Microbiology 4 credits
    10-513-170 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2 credits

    Third Fall Semester

    10-513-140 Advanced Microbiology 2 credits
    10-513-141 Pre-Clinical Experience 2 credits
    10-513-151 Clinical Experience 1 3 credits
    10-513-152 Clinical Experience 2 4 credits
    10-513-153 Capstone Project 1 credit

    Microsoft Office Essentials

    Online

    Madison College developed the Microsoft Office Essentials to help students get hired, earn a promotion or update their skills for work in today's modern offices. Completing the Microsoft Office Essentials certificate at Madison College will prepare them to become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

    10-103-121 Windows 10 1 credit
    10-103-165 Outlook 1 credit
    10-103-137 Word Beginning 1 credit
    10-103-133 Excel Beginning 1 credit
    10-103-145 Access 1 credit
    10-103-143 Powerpoint 1 credit

    Nursing Assistant (NA)

    All Campuses
    Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Weekends

    The program prepares students for employment as Nursing Assistants (NA). Students will learn communication, basic nursing and personal care skills, clients' right and care of clients with dementia. Requirements: Prior to course registration, students must demonstrate the reading comprehension requirement, complete a Background Information Disclosure, a Criminal History Check, provide current immunizations, including TB records and proof of insurance.

    30-543-300 Nursing Assistant 3 credits

    Optometric Technician

    Truax Campus
    Some Online / Some In-Person

    In the Optometric Technician program at Madison College, instructors train students to work in eye care, emphasizing the unique duties required of an optometric technician to provide quality vision care services to patients. Note: Some enrollment requirements for courses in this program may be waived for qualified high school students. Consult an Early College advisor for more information.

    First Semester

    31-516-315 Ocular Anatomy 2 credits

    Phlebotomist/Specimen Processor

    Morning, Afternoon and Evenings

    Students will be trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations or research.

    Requirements: Students must be 18 years old to participate in this academy. Prior to course registration, students must demonstrate competencies in Algebra, English and Reading, complete a Background Information Disclosure, a Criminal History Check, provide current immunizations, including TB records and proof of insurance.

    10-513-110 Basic Lab Skills 1 credit
    10-513-111 Phlebotomy 2 credits

    Pre-Nursing Fundamentals (General Education Courses)

    Some Online / Some In-Person

    With the Pre-Nursing Fundamentals programming, students complete core courses, up to 22 credits, required for the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) program, and are prepared to begin college level clinical and lab experiences upon graduation from high school.

    Visual Storytelling

    Some Online / Some In-Person

    The Visual Storytelling Certificate is for students interested in a career in multimedia communications. The certificate will provide students with foundational skills needed to land paid internships, part-time and full-time jobs in the professional areas of videography, photography, and social media communications.

    10-201-181 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3 credits
    10-203-130 Introduction to Photography and Video 2 credits
    10-206-130 Video Production 3 credits
    20-801-253 Documentary Storytelling 3 credits
    20-801-262 Social Media Writing 3 credits
    20-801-271 Journalism Practicum 1 1 credit

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Academies are for you, too! Contact our Early College team to find out how you can apply.