Madison College could win $1 million as part of grant challenge

MADISON, Wis. — Madison College could earn up to $1 million in funding to help adult students.

The school was named a finalist for the Lumina Foundation’s Million Dollar Community College Challenge, school officials announced Tuesday.

The challenge rewards schools that give adult students chances to earn a degree, certificate or industry certification. Madison College is one of 10 finalists.

Each finalist will submit a video highlighting how their school serves adult learners and people from other underserved groups. The winner will receive a $1 million grant and the other nine finalists are guaranteed $100,000 grants.

“No matter what your background is, no matter where you come from or what your life circumstance is, we believe everybody should have access to high-quality education, and this just really helps us expand that platform out to reach more returning adults,” Madison College chief marketing officer Kristin Uttech said.

The other finalists are:

  • College of Eastern Idaho
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • County College of Morris
  • Great Falls College-Montana State University
  • Houston Community College
  • Long Beach City College
  • Madera Community College
  • Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College

The $1 million winner will be announced in August.