New transfer agreement with Madison College

Leaders from Blackhawk Technical College and Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) have signed a comprehensive and far reaching transfer agreement that will help BTC district students pursue new career pathways, reduce college costs and potentially speed up their time to degree completion.

The agreement, recently approved by the BTC Board of Trustees will make it possible for BTC students to pursue an Association in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree in Madison College’s Liberal Arts Transfer program. 

Under the agreement Rock and Green County residents can take general education courses in their first year at BTC and then transition to Madison to complete the degree.  The agreement is effective immediately and will be reviewed every five years.

“This agreement as well as our other BTC transfer initiatives are designed to serve the best interests of our students  and to make sure they are able to get the education they need as quickly and affordably as possible,” said Dr. Diane Nyhammer, BTC Vice President of Learning.

“We are fortunate that the faculty, staff and administration at both institutions wanted to do something towards improving the quality and access for BTC students,” said Nyhammer

According to the Madison College website, by completing an AA or AS degree, students typically satisfy the first two years of general education requirements for four-year colleges and universities and obtain an educational foundation in English, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences and world languages.

BTC’s agreement with Madison College was one of two transfer partnerships approved by the BTC Board at the January 17 meeting.  Blackhawk also amended its existing reciprocal agreement with Highland Community College that provides students in both districts the opportunity to enroll in approved programs at the other college without having to pay out-of-district fees. The agreement, which has been in place since 2013, was updated to reflect new (or eliminated) programs and to create a pathway to the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science similar to the one established at Madison College.

“Improving cooperation among all colleges and universities makes sense for all students,” added Nyhammer. 

Blackhawk offers more than 70 program-specific, four-year transfer agreements and 12 general agreements. For more information about transfer opportunities at BTC, go to or contact Melissa Lantta, Student Pathways Coordinator at 608-757-7708 or