Thursday – April 26, 2018
In September 2015 Milwaukee Area Technical College introduced the MATC Promise, which provides free college tuition for area high school graduates who meet program eligibility requirements. The MATC Promise will help area high school students realize their dream of attending college and preparing for a career. The southeastern Wisconsin business community will benefit from more residents who have received the education and training necessary for so many careers that are essential for the region's economic prosperity and vitality.
On April 25, 2016, MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin announced that members of the Class of 2017 and Class of 2018 can apply for the MATC Promise.
“The response to the MATC Promise from prospective students and their parents/guardians, our K-12 education partners, business leaders, elected officials, community members and donors has been incredibly positive,” said Martin. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have the necessary funds to support another cohort of Promise students.”
Promise Eligibility Appeal Process
Students who have not met the eligibility requirements for the MATC Promise program have the opportunity to appeal the decision.
An Appeal Form must be completed and should include specific details regarding why an appeal should be granted. Additional supporting information may be requested by the Appeal Review Committee. A decision regarding a student's appeal will be provided within 14 business days of submission. The Appeal Review Committee decision is final.
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MATC is Wisconsin's largest majority-minority higher education institution and serves the state's largest urban population. The potential impact of the MATC Promise is significant because of the number of high school students in our service district who live at or below the poverty level. For many of these students, the MATC Promise can turn the dream of a college education into reality.
By the year 2020, more than 50% of jobs in Wisconsin will be "middle skill." Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school diploma, but not a bachelor's degree - exactly the types of careers made possible by an MATC education.
MATC offers 160 associate degrees and technical diplomas in high demand and emerging industries that are vital to our community.
It pays to attend MATC. Six months after graduation, our associate degree graduates earn an average annual wage of $36,570; technical diploma graduates earn $30,760.
Students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree can benefit from MATC's partnerships with four-year colleges and universities that allow for the seamless transfer of credits.