Middle College

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The Middle College Design

Middle College is a dual credit career pathway program targeted toward high school seniors who are interested in advancing their education in targeted industry sectors.

Training

The new Middle College design provides students with two semesters of relevant technical college coursework to prepare them for the demands of industry. The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin partners with technical colleges to provide the technical college curriculum and training. Middle College students achieve “college status” and enrollment with participating Madison College or Moraine Park Technical College campuses and study concepts in health care, manufacturing or culinary arts* during the regular school year. Each track allows for students to take college classes as they work to complete their high school graduation requirements. Students may earn up to 28 free college credits upon successful completion of Middle College.

*The culinary arts track is to eligible students in Dane County at this time.

Internships

The initiative incorporates work readiness through summer work experiences. Students apply their skills and gain industry and career pathway exposure during paid work experiences with local companies that serve as work site hosts. Work experiences are funded by the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin with funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Student Eligibility

Middle College is geared toward high school seniors, in good credit standing and must be committed to Middle College for two college semesters. Middle College is free to eligible students that meet the following eligibility* requirements:

  • Income-eligible
  • U.S. citizen or non-citizen who is authorized to work
  • Selective Service compliant
  • Meet one of the following: (1) English language learner, (2) Disability, (3) Homeless, runaway or foster child, (4) Offender, (5) Pregnant or parenting, or (6) Basic skills deficient
  • Show career interest in health care, manufacturing or culinary arts*
  • Meet the minimum TABE  scores: Reading: 5.7, Math/Pre-algebra: 8.7

This is not a complete list of eligibility requirements and/or factors. Contact a Middle College representative for more information and assistance.

*The culinary arts track is to eligible students in Dane County at this time.

**Students that do not meet this criteria may be interested in a private pay option. Contact a Middle College representative for more information and assistance.

Contact

For more information about Middle College,  please contact your county’s Middle College representative:

Megan Sievers
Youth Career Services Specialist
Dane County
(608) 224-3525

Danielle Ralston
Youth Training Navigator
Jefferson County
(920) 568-7202

Resources

In the Works Breakfast Forum: Finding the Footsteps (PDF)

About

Middle College is a collaborative initiative of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), Madison College, Moraine Park Technical College, Dane County School Consortium, Employment and Training Association, Opportunities, Inc., and participating South Central Wisconsin high school districts. WDBSCW is an equal opportunity employer/program. Middle College is funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If you need assistance to access our services in a different language or need this material in an alternative format, contact us. Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired callers may reach us by using Wisconsin Relay Services at 7-1-1. WDBSCW is a proud partner of the American Job Center network. Information is subject to change.