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Campus Connect

Campus Connect
Madison College
Campus Connect
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704
Program Contact Dr. Eric Hartz
Program Contact Email
Phone 608-516-5216
Website Program website

Campus Connect is an innovative approach to inclusive post secondary education for learners with intellectual disabilities. The Campus Connect program is a college-based transition program established through a partnership between Madison College and Madison Metropolitan School District. The program takes place on the Madison College campus and provides an opportunity for students who require more than the traditional level of support to be successful in a college environment. Campus Connect has the goal of providing relevant postsecondary academic/vocational preparation leading to paid employment in an area identified by the student.  This program is currently only open to MMSD students, with instruction taking place at the Downtown Madison College campus. Campus Connect has a core College Success course (3 credits) that is required for all students, as well as additional courses related to the student's area of interest. Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester. To assist students in successfully progressing in a college environment, a full time MMSD teacher has been established to provide tutoring, coordination with disability resource center, and collaborative accommodation arrangements with course instructors. Campus Connect is a fully integrated program with all instruction from Madison College professors, additional tutoring/instruction/support is provided by an onsite MMSD teacher. The goal of providing integrated academic and vocational learning opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities is jointly held by Madison College and MMSD.

Program information submitted: February 16, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 42
Description of our summer transition program:
School district or agency partner: Madison Metropolitan School District
Contact person: Eric Hartz
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1st for proceeding school year
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-21
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Learning Disabilities
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 75.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 90.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2400.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: Student's enroll in college level courses without any modifications.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Any Madison College Certificate
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation