Laura Groenier – Interior Design, Graduation 1997
Margaret Benton, Human Services, Graduation 2018
I started at Madison College with just a dream of getting my GED. I had a lot of people that supported me along the way. When the time came to get my GED, I had a plan for College. Flash forward 4 years and now I have a degree in Human Services. Thanks Madison College.
Don Markofski, Commercial Art, Graduation 1966
I’ve been very fortunate spending my entire career in the arts. That was my lifelong goal and it started at Madison College, formerly MATC. I graduated in 1966 from the Commercial Art Program. The instruction and inspiration provided by instructors proved invaluable.
I grew up in Portage and relocated to California in 1969. I enrolled in classes at California University at Los Angeles and graduated with a B.A. in art in 1973. This would not have happened without the Associate Degree from Madison.
I worked part-time at an ad agency in Los Angeles while working on my B.A. I would not have gotten this job without the MATC portfolio. In 1982, I started my own design agency.
You’ll find watercolor paintings and Graphic Design from the last 40 years or so. I have about a dozen paintings in a gallery and teach watercolor classes each week.
Thanks Madison College.
Ashley Hanson-White. Barber/Cosmetologist, Graduation 2003
My story starts with an average day and a not so average haircut when an older gentleman sat in my chair for his $5 haircut and asked me what my dream was. I answered to be a makeup artist. The next day I was given a package that the man had left telling me about an internship in New York City at The Juilliard School in wigs and makeup. I applied and was accepted, thanks in part to my training. This all led to a career as the Wig and Makeup Shop Coordinator at the Juilliard School for 13 years and a lucrative side career in wig making for Saturday Night Live, Cirque du Soleil, Broadway, and movies. Remember to be kind to everyone because you just never know who’s going to sit in your chair!
Monica Myers, Administrative Professional, Graduation 2015
Matthew Bills, Electronics Program, Graduation 2004
In December 2016, I started – PGW Small Engine Repair/Sales. This business allows savvy members of the public to buy used lawnmowers & snow blowers. Additionally, all brands of outdoor power equipment are serviced at reasonable rates.