Madison College partners with Middleton HS for Education Academy

MADISON, Wis. — Madison College is helping local students who want to become teachers earn their degrees.

The school partnered with Middleton High School to start the Education Academy. The program allows students who may not be able to afford college to earn credits towards an associate’s degree in teaching.

By the end of their senior year of high school, students in the academy could earn up to 30 credit hours towards their degree. Classes are taken at both the high school campus and at Madison College.

“With tuition being so expensive, this is a great way for them to kind of start those courses towards their degree,” Madison College education team member Karena Curtis said.

Students in this year’s program got to tour the Truax Campus Tuesday. High school counselors give students a chance to join the program if they express interest in teaching. The hope is that these students will help solve Wisconsin’s teacher shortage.

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“We can’t guarantee that they’ll stay in Wisconsin,” Curtis said. “Our hope is that they will stay here, in the area, because they see what the benefits are with their teachers that they have at their own school.”

Students in the Education Academy aren’t required to become teachers. If the student changes their mind, the credits earn can still count towards a different degree.