Select "login" and use your network user ID and password. For specific directions, refer to
To enter the classroom, click the title of the course under the "My Courses" column to the far right of the Blackboard initial welcome page.
This will take you to your class website. The site may not be available until the first day of class.
Enter the Blackboard classroom and read the syllabus with information about books, policies, required software,
required email address, and procedures PRIOR to the start of class.
Blackboard requires all students to use their Madison College student email account. However, many students prefer to use a different email address.
If you wish to use a different address, go into your student email account
and modify your account so that mail is forwarded to the email address that you want to use.
Please contact the Student Help Desk at 608-243-4444 (toll free 866-277-4445) for email or Blackboard problems.
Several IT courses require an external hard drive (minimum 100 gigabyte or higher).
External Hard Drive
Due to many courses using VMWare, Portable applications, and several other pieces of software, an
external hard drive is required for all IT associate degree programs. Students are to purchase this on their own.
External USB 2 harddrive, powered by the USB port
Minimum 100 gigabyte (GB) or higher capacity
Thumb/flash drives are NOT acceptable alternatives for the external hard drive
External Hard drives DO fail. Be sure to backup it up frequently.
You are expected to develop good computer use habits that minimize the impact of failure.
It is expected that you know to save your work frequently, after every major change, and to back up your work regularly.
You should be able to backup your data to a cd or dvd. Remember failure is a matter of when ... not if.
Some FREE backup options...
DropBox -The free Dropbox account comes with 2GB of space that you can use for as long as you like.
IDRIVE-It offers 2 gb free space. but after creating an account and simply referring idrive to your contacts you can get 10 gb extra free space.
Email it to yourself-some email accounts allow for significant storage space (gmail and others).
Most IT courses provide all software in the student labs as well as in the IT course rooms. Your instructor will let you
know if any other software is required for the course. Contact your instructor if you have any questions.
Some software have minimum hardware and/or operating system requirements. Be sure you know these requirements
before trying to install any software
Some software is used via virtual machines. Most courses using virtual machines require an
external hard drive with minimum size requirements (currently 100 gig)
Why pay full price?
As an IT student, you can get many software products for free or a reduced cost!! Take advantage of this
wonderful opportunity. Look at some offers from:
Several IT courses use VMWare. VMWare is a virtualization software for both Mac and IBM-compatible
computers and servers that can host other operating systems in such a way that each operating system behaves as if it were
installed on a self-contained computer with its own set of programs and hardware resources. Madison College IT students can obtain
VMWare software for free through our Madison College DreamSpark program. Click here for details.
IT Online Classes
How do online courses work?
Course activities and assignments are posted online.
You can work day or night - it is up to you. You do need to keep
up with your course work, just as you would in any regular onsite
class. Assignments are communicated via Blackboard. Some classes
require that you come to campus to test or may allow an approved
proctor for your tests where you live or go to school.
What kind of students take online courses?
Have a firm grasp of basic computer skills.
Juggle the responsibilities of home, school and work.
Need flexibility in how they complete their course work.
Are earning a MATC IT degree or certificate, or want to further their IT skill set.
Are self-motivated and want to study at their own pace.
Are independent learners who can make the most of online instructional resources.
Are online courses for you?
The following checklist survey will help you decide whether or not an online class is appropriate for you:
Are you a self-starter?
Do you work well without supervision?
Can you budget your time to meet assignment deadlines without supervision?
For the course(s) that you are considering to take online, will you be able to understand the instructions without them being explained to you?
Do you have regular and prolonged access to a personal computer?
Does the personal computer that you have access to have better than dial-up connection capabilities?
Do you know how to use an e-mail account?
Do you learn new online tools or technologies with ease?
Do you know how to comfortably browse the World Wide Web?
If taking a computer software course, do you have the required software installed on your computer? (For example, to take a Introduction to Database course,
you need to have that version of Access 2007 software or must be able to use one of the MATC campus computer labs.)
If you did not answer yes to all of the above questions, taking an
online course may not be for you. You should consider taking onsite courses.
Still not sure if online courses are for you?
It is not recommended to take an online class if you:
Have a difficult time following written instructions and need verbal instructions to assist you with comprehension of material.
Do not have regular and prolonged access to a computer during the entire timeframe of the course.
Do not have computer skills (especially familiarity navigating within the World Wide Web, sending and receiving e-mail and working with attachments).
Do not have the proper amount of time to dedicate to your course.
Put things off until the last minute.
Consistently need instructions explained to you in the course(s) you are considering to take online.
There are many different sources of funding that help students pay for their college education,
including federal, state, and/or private funds. Most funds can be awarded to qualified students
based on one free application: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Women in IT - One of the Madison College Foundation scholarships. Available to women who are pursuing an associate degree in computer Information Technology at the MATC Truax campus.
In order to receive the award, student must have applied and have been accepted into one of the IT associate degree programs.
External Scholarships - Hundreds of scholarships from private organizations and
donors willing and eager to assist students achieve academic success
Emergency Assistance - Emergency and short-term book loans provide a temporary financial
bridge for students who have exhausted other financial means and whose ability to be successful at Madison College is in jeopardy
Information Technology Specific Scholarships
GIPAW - Scholarships are intended to defray the educational costs for full-time Associate Degree IT program students
Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
The Career & Employment Center (CEC) offers assitance in everything from selecting a career that’s right for you to helping you find employment during and after you’ve completed a Madison College program.
TechConnect is your electronic link to job listings from employers who are seeking the skills and knowledge obtained from students and graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System.
Madison Information Technology Association
MITA is a group of Madison Area Technical College students and
faculty that is dedicated to helping students learn more about
technology and its applications in the business environment. We do
everything in our power to bring students together with businesses
in the Madison area so that they may further their professional and
Association of Information Technology Professionals
AITP is the Information Technology professional organization of choice
for providing leadership opportunities, professional and personal growth.
Wolfpack Techies is Madison Colleges only computer repair service for
all students, faculty and staff. Started as a class project in the fall
semester of 2008, it was such a great success that MITA (Madison Information
Technology Association) decided to take up the project and expand on its services.
Wolfpack Techies is comprised of students in IT degrees that are looking
for more exposure and experience with computer repair. Wolfpack Techies
specializes in Malware Eradication, Computer Backups and Hardware Replacement.
They have the tools and know-how to get the job done right and done quickly.