President’s Message

Dr. Bettsey Barhorst, Madison College President

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Welcome back or for those of you joining the college this semester, welcome.

I hope you had a wonderful winter break. The spring semester is here (even though the weather doesn’t feel like it) and we’re gearing-up for a number of exciting things at the College.

Building Plan Update

We received an early holiday present in November when voters approved the college’s $134 million Smart Future Plan. Some called the victory a major miracle in light of the anti-tax climate, but voters understood the critical role Madison College plays in preparing students for high-demand jobs, while helping to boost the economy.

Right now, the Wisconsin Technical College System Board is reviewing the details of the first phase of our Smart Future Plan, which includes a much-needed health education center and clinic, more police and fire training facilities, and a wing for transportation and “green” manufacturing. We’ll also be expanding and updating our four regional campuses in Fort Atkinson, Watertown, Portage and Reedsburg.

If all goes as planned, we’ll have shovels in the ground by July 1. We’ll be setting-up a web cam, so you’ll be able to get up-to-the-second construction updates with just a click of your mouse.

New Governor

Voters also elected a new governor in November – Scott Walker. Governor Walker says he wants to work closely with the state’s universities and technical colleges. During a recent meeting with economic development organizers in Madison, the governor said “we undervalue how education can relate to economic development in the state.” Governor Walker says he wants to bring college leaders into meetings with companies planning to relocate or expand, so they can talk about how their schools can provide educated workers.

We hope to work closely with Governor Walker during the next four years to help boost the local economy and train workers for family-supporting jobs.

Study hard.

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