Madison Area Technical College's plans for a new campus on the city's South Side are getting bigger after a donation that could raise as much as $10 million toward the project sped up a planned expansion of the facility.
MATC officials told the Wisconsin State Journal on Monday that the philanthropic arm of Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates has pledged $3 million, plus a $3.5 million matching donation, for the South Side campus.
That would total $10 million if MATC can raise the money to complete the match, President Jack E. Daniels said, allowing the college to build a 75,000 square-foot campus that includes community meeting spaces, additional science labs and permanent space for advising and other student services.
Plans MATC officials announced in August had called for building a 38,000 to 44,000 square-foot facility on the current site of the Badger Road State Office Building, home of the state Department of Employee Trust Funds, at South Park Street and West Badger Road. The additional space would've been added in a second phase of the project.
The college will hold a press conference announcing its expanded plans for the campus Monday morning.
While the new campus will be larger, Daniels said the college won't have to push back its plan to have the South Side facility open by the fall of 2019.
The new South Side campus is one piece of a plan Daniels has pursued for years to address local racial disparities by shuttering MATC's Downtown facility and expanding its presence in one of Madison's historically underserved neighborhoods.
Daniels said the donation won't be affected by the sale of Great Lakes' loan servicing arm to the Nebraska company Nelnet, which was announced earlier this month.
This story will be updated.