Milwaukee Area Technical College

700 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1443

School Details

Milwaukee Area Technical College is a public, two-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MATC was founded in 1912 as The Continuation School after Charles McCarthy asked State Legislature to pass a law creating a statewide network of continuation schools. During this time, child labor was common and Continuation Schools would force employers to release boys and girls from work to attend school or learn a vocation. Over the years as the school evolved, it became known as Milwaukee Vocational School, Milwaukee Vocational and Adult School, Milwaukee Institute of Technology, and finally, Milwaukee Area Technical College. Today, MATC offers classes at campuses in downtown Milwaukee, Oak Creek, West Allis, and Mequon. The Mequon Campus features the largest wind turbine on a college campus in the state.

Demographics at Milwaukee Area Technical College are as follows:

  • Student to faculty ratio of 15:1
  • Approximately one-third of students study full-time
  • More than 55 percent of students are female
  • About 50 percent of students are White and 30 percent are Black
  • More than 60 percent of students are over the age of 25 years old
  • About 99 percent of students come from Wisconsin

Milwaukee Area Technical College offers 170 degree, diploma, certificate and apprentice programs in Business, Health Sciences, Media and Creative Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pre-College Education, and Technology and Applied Sciences. Many students who attend MATC plan to earn a bachelor’s degree with almost 400 four-year college transfer agreements in place. MATC students can earn more than one hundred vocational licenses, job training certificates, and adult enrichment courses. MATC provides GED and HSED classes that are held at local community-based organizations. Accelerated programs are offered for full-time working adults in eight associate degree programs. Accelerated formats will vary depending on the program. Special learning opportunities include teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. Classes are held during the day, evening, weekend, and online. Approximately 28 percent of students are enrolled in distance education. MATC offers hundreds of online courses as well as eight associate degrees and two technical diplomas that can be earned completely online.

Students can participate in more than 50 professional organizations and student-run clubs, Student Senate, MATC Times, Phoenix Magazine, and athletics. Athletic teams include: men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. The “Stormers” compete in the NJCAA and the National Central Conference. Student services include academic and career counseling, remedial services, employment services, placement services, and on-campus day care for student’s children.

Milwaukee Area Technical College has an open admissions policy. Application deadlines for program admission are May 1, August 15, and December 20 for Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. High school Seniors can apply for admission on October 1 of their Senior Year. All MATC Health Science students are required to have drug testing and electronic health record tracking completed prior to the start of their clinical placement. Some programs require a criminal background check.

About 77 percent of students at Milwaukee Area Technical College receive financial aid each year. Students who wish to apply for aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1 each year using the school code 003866. Milwaukee Area Technical College participates in the William D. Ford Direct Lending Program, federal work-study, private loans, and MATC scholarships. When you receive financial aid at MATC, you are subject to the 150% Rule. This means that if you attempt more than 150% of the credit hours needed to graduate from your program of study, you will not continue to receive financial aid. If you exceed 150% in any one program, you will not be eligible to continue to receive financial aid.

Milwaukee Area Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    At least 2, but les than 4 academic years
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    Open Admissions
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