Madison College will build a 75,000 sq. ft.
South Madison Campus
|Clockwise from Upper left: Madison College President/CEO Dr. Jack
Daniels III; Madison College Executive Vice President & Chief Student
Services Officer Keith Cornille; Madison College Chief Financial Officer
Mark Thomas; La Movida holds a Radiothon at the present site of Madison
College to raise funds for the new campus. Participating left to right: Jesus
Castro, Lupita Montoto, Dr. Jack Daniels III, and Luis Montoto.
“What I will announce this evening is what is going to be our next move,” said Daniles right before the press conference on April 24th in the Atrium of the Villager
Mall. “We talked about the 75,000 sq. ft. facility and it is now a reality. And so this evening, I’m going to announce that reality. I will talk about how we reached what
we needed to start our 75,000 sq. ft. building and complete it. We will also talk about the cost of the new building. And then I will talk about timelines as well as what
the next steps will be. This is fully about we are moving forward. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. What we have done is to readjust with Great Lakes Higher
Education’s intent and commitment because they want to see this move forward as well. So we have readjusted what that looks like. And fortunately, it has allowed
us to move forward with a 75,000 sq. ft. facility.”
Madison College will continue to do supplemental fundraising up until the opening of the facility in August 2019 with some of the fundraising focusing on community
giving to raise the ongoing support of the South Madison community and beyond.
In the meantime, things are expected to move quickly.
“The Employee Trust Fund people have vacated the building,” Daniels said. “We will consummate that deal after the WTCS board approves May 8th. At that point, we
will buy the parcel. There will be a groundbreaking in June. I don’t know when, but we’ll get the shovels in during June. And when I say the shovels, that’s the
wrecking ball and then we start the process. It will roughly take 14 months to construct the new building. We plan to open the first day of class in 2019. We are going
to do it.”
It is important to Madison College and Daniels that the community feels a sense of ownership for the building.
By Jonathan Gramling
By public works standards, the initiative to build a new Madison College campus in
South Madison has been a whirlwind. Almost three years ago, Dr. Jack Daniels III,
president/CEO of Madison College, announced that Madison College planned to realign
its campus configuration in the Madison area. Two essential components was to lease
the land and building of the Downtown Technical Education Center to an outside
developer for up to 99 years and to create a full-service campus in South Madison. It
was Daniels’ aim to implement this plan without having to go out and get voter approval
through a referendum.
On a regular basis, the pieces have fallen into place. A Request for Proposals went out
on the DTEC site and a bid was accepted that would build office space and a hotel on
the site of the present day DTEC. And then in August 2017, it was announced that
Madison College would purchase, demolish and then build on the site of the WI
Employee Trust Funds at the corner of S. Park Street and W. Badger Road. The site
would be purchased through $10.5 million in grants from The Goodman Foundation and
In October 2017, Madison College announced that Great Lakes Higher Education Corp.
And Affiliates had pledged $3 million and an additional $3.5 million in matching grants
that would essentially, if the $3.5 million were matched, that all three phases of the new
Madison College South campus would be built in one phase beginning in June 2018.
While there is some fundraising that still needs to happen, Madison College has the
funding and commitment to move forward with the construction of the 75,000 sq. ft.
“We want to make sure that the community’s cultures — I’m talking about the
South Madison community — are being represented,” Daniels said about the
interior of the building. “And there are many ways to do that. We have had a
team that has been working through this with community members. We will
probably be enhancing that team so that we can ensure that with this college,
there is ownership from the South Madison residents and that the cultures are
being represented throughout the campus.”
And so in less than four years, the dream of a new Madison College South
campus has gone from an abstract proposal to a concrete reality. It is a dream
that started with the efforts of Dr. Maria Hernandez Bañuelos and Dr. Richard
Harris back in the 1980s and will become a reality in 2019 thanks to the efforts
of Dr. Jack Daniels and the Madison College board and staff. It is a dream that
is no longer deferred.