From “Gateway students apply classroom skills in the community” — A recent video by Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht highlights the impact Gateway students are having in the community. A collaboration between multiple programs at Gateway Technical College resulted in a a community wellness event where students applied what they were learning in the classroom to provide service in the community.

“Participating in Gateway’s recent wellness event showed me once again why Gateway students make me proud.  You achieve high academic success while volunteering and supporting community organizations.  You learn to improve yourself and utilize what you’ve learned to improve your community. As a Gateway student, we value your community involvement and have confidence in your ability to build a brighter future for all of us.”
– President, Bryan Albrecht, Gateway Technical College

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From “Mid-State Technical College considers cutting three health care degree programs” — As health care continues to evolve, Mid-State Technical College might discontinue three degree programs offered at the Marshfield campus, to follow industry trends.

In December, the board will consider suspending the Medical Transcription, Health Unit Coordinator and Medication Assistant programs.

“If conditions in health care change, we can bring the program back for the approval process,” said Janet Newman, dean of MSTC’s service and health division. “If at the end of the three years, conditions haven’t changed, then they would be discontinued.”

The Medical Transcription program, which has been offered since 1979, would be suspended effectively for fall 2012 if approved by the board. The program trains students to transcribe reports in hospitals and clinical settings.

“The number of graduates in the that program have been in the single digits for the last few years,” Newman said. “There really isn’t a real opportunity for employment with the medical facilities located in our district. When we look at our whole program mix, we want to be sure that we are serving the interests of our students as well as employers in our district.”

From “MATC-Reedsburg hits a growth spurt ” — Madison College’s Reedsburg campus is breaking new ground. Literally.

Construction is set to begin on two new science labs, a new teleconference room and a student achievement center starting Nov. 1, almost doubling the size of the campus at 300 Alexander Ave.

John Alt, executive director for the Reedsburg campus, said the expansion will lead to increased class sizes and new courses for area students. With a waiting list that can stretch up to two years for nursing students, Alt said the addition is essential to student success.

“Needs are changing, both for students and employers,” Alt said. “We need to have space to offer those specialty classes employers want and to keep our students ahead of the curve. It’s really a just-in-time thing.”

The addition, plus remodeling in the current building, which was built in 1978, will cost more than $2 million.

The money for expansion was secured last year via referendum, with voters agreeing to allow Madison College to borrow up to $133.8 million total for renovations at Madison College campuses that serve 12 counties.

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