Thanks to new grants, Madison Area Technical College officials plan to expand its coming south campus earlier than planned.
Monday morning, MATC President Jack Daniels announced that the school, also known as Madison College, had received $6.5 million in grants from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, allowing it to bring a full 75,000-square-foot campus with wrap-around services for students on line in 2019, rather than in several phases over the years.
In late August, MATC announced that it had selected a site for a new south campus just north of the Beltline at 801 W. Badger Rd. The 50-year-old state Employee Trust Funds building currently sitting on the 4.35 acre site would be demolished and a new two-story building constructed.
In the original announcement, the college said they were looking to build or renovate a building between 38,000 and 45,000 square feet, with plans for an expansion of up to 75,000 square feet in the following years. But, as Daniels said Monday, the college was “unable to commit to a timeline for a second phase until funds were in place.”
“Fast forward to this morning,” Daniels said. “I’m pleased to tell you that Madison College’s new south campus is on the fast track to completion. I place special emphasis on the word ‘completion’ — of this complex in its entirety.”
New plans break the process into three “phases,” but all phases will be completed simultaneously.
The first phase of the project will construct a 38,000-square-foot facility, funded by a $10 million donation from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman foundation and $1.5 million from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation.
The second phase will be funded by a $3 million grant from Great Lakes, increasing the square footage up to 45,000 square feet.
The third phase, expanding the campus to its full 75,000 square feet, will be funded by a $3.5 million matching grant from Great Lakes. The community has until March 30, 2018, to meet the challenge to raise a corresponding $3.5 million.
“We expect that this community will rise to the challenge," said Richard George, president and CEO of Great Lakes.
Construction is slated to begin in 2018, likely in the summer, and finish in fall of 2019.
The second and third phases will include additional classrooms, as well as more space for academic support, wrap-around services and access to social service and community-based organizations.
“It isn't just academics that’s a critical component of access to success. It takes more than studying. It takes a great deal of community support, social services, emergency aid, tutoring, mentoring, all those things that bringing together community services space and academic support services will lead to much, much higher rates of success,” George said.
Daniels said that many of the services will be available to the whole community, not just students of the college. He noted that community connections were a major part of the location choice.
“When you think about where we’re going to be located, we’re going to be around nine, 10 major community organizations, having that connection and that proximity is key for us,” he said.
He said that the college would “schedule space” for community service organizations to come in and serve students throughout the year, and organizations will help meet student needs ranging from child care to transportation, food and housing.