MADISON, Wisc. – The 2016-17 class of Middle College students walked across the stage Tuesday, May 16 to celebrate their completion of the two-semester workforce-training program. Middle College prepares high school seniors for career pathways in healthcare, manufacturing, and culinary arts with technical college coursework. They learn both in the classroom at participating technical college and out, with paid internships at local companies.
The program’s tailored instruction and interactive curriculum helped the 30 graduating seniors succeed in the classroom and attain industry-demanded skills and certificates to set them up for success. Funding for the program is made possible by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Graduates earned up to 28 college credits, which some will use to continue their education at colleges and universities such as Madison College, Moraine Park Technical College, and UW-Madison. Others are entering the workforce as automotive technicians, medical assistants, and in military careers.
The ceremony celebrated the graduates from the Madison College Truax and Fort Atkinson campuses. Speakers included Pat Schramm, CEO of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, Alex Fralin, Chief of Schools at Madison Metropolitan School District, Desmond Holleman, Middle College Manufacturing graduate, Tia Rice, Director of Youth Programs at the WDBSCW, and Turina Bakken, Provost of Madison College.
The seventh class is slated to start in August 2017. Students interested in the program should contact their school counselor for more information and to see if they qualify. Visit Middle College for more information.