MADISON, May 31, 2019 — The 2018-2019 class of Middle College students walked across the stage Wednesday, May 22 to celebrate their completion of the two-semester workforce training program.
The ceremony celebrated the graduates from Madison College Truax and Fort Atkinson campuses. Speakers included Lisa Hollman, Middle College Coordinator at Madison College; Randy Guttenberg, District Administrator at Waunakee Community School District and Chair of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) Youth Committee; Dr. Jack Daniels, III, President at Madison College; Bridgett Willey, Director of Allied Health Education and Career Pathways at UW Health; and Pat Schramm, CEO and the WDBSCW.
Middle College prepares high school seniors for career pathways in healthcare, manufacturing and culinary arts with technical college coursework. The students learn both in the classroom at participating technical colleges and out with paid internships at local companies.
The program’s tailored instruction and interactive curriculum helped the 26 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).
Middle College is a collaborative initiative of the 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. Since 2010, more than 450 students have engaged in the program in preparation for careers and postsecondary success.
About Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW) is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collaborates with business and workforce in the Wisconsin counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Marquette and Sauk with a mission to build public and private partnerships that support innovation and excellence in workforce development.