FINANCIAL AID RATE83%
STUDENT TEACHER RATIO13:1
DEGREE OFFERED ONLINE42
FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.$5,348
Average Grants + Scholarship Aid Awarded to Undergraduate Students
Percent of Full-Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid
Percent of Students Paying In-State Tuition vs Out-of-State Tuition
Milwaukee Area Technical College
500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is a two-year community college that emphasizes technical training. MATC has four major campuses in the Milwaukee area. Each of the four campuses offers 200 programs that lead to an associate's degree, technical diploma or professional certificate. Some programs are offered in an accelerated format for students who have less time available to complete their programs.
Students can choose an occupational program with credits that count towards a future bachelor's degree, or complete the first half of a bachelor's degree via the Liberal Arts and Sciences program. Many students take classes for personal enrichment, to upgrade their job skills, gain new skills, or apprentice in a trade. Students may also attend MATC to earn a high school diploma, GED or HSED.
Classes are available during the day, in the evening, on weekends and online.
Students at MATC receive targeted, practical instruction and training for their career of choice. More than 80 percent of graduates find employment within six months of graduation or successfully continue on to four-year colleges and universities.
MATC faculty members have extensive professional experience in their occupational fields. Students at MATC benefit from hands-on teaching, smaller class sizes and individual attention.
Milwaukee Area Technical College was founded in 1912 as the Milwaukee Continuation School, located in the Manufacturers' Home Building in Milwaukee. Classrooms at this location became overcrowded, leading to the construction of a permanent school on State Street. Eight years later, construction of the school was completed and the school was renamed the Milwaukee Vocational School.
Evening classes have been offered from the beginning, and there has always been an emphasis on technical classes and "practical learning" taught by industry professionals.
The school has grown over the years to become one of the largest community-based technical colleges in the Midwest.
During World War II, the Milwaukee Vocational School was turned into a training center for defense workers. The Army Signal Corps set up a training unit on campus. The school ran day and night, seven days a week, facilitating the entry of large numbers of women and African Americans into the industrial workforce for the first time. When the war ended, returning servicemen flooded the traditional apprentice programs. The influx of adult learners led the college to change its name to Milwaukee Vocational and Adult School in 1948.
After WWII, Milwaukee Vocational School developed a series of technical programs that led to the school's transformation into the Milwaukee Institute of Technology in 1951.
The academic calendar for Milwaukee Area Technical College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.
Colleges and Schools
The academic units at Milwaukee Area Technical College are divided into six divisions:
- Media and Creative Arts
- Health Sciences
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Pre-College Education
- Technology and Applied Sciences
There are more than 50 student clubs and organizations on the MATC campuses. There is a District Student Board (DSB) that provides support for district wide groups. The Office of Student Life can provide assistance with how to find or join a student organization.
The school colors for Milwaukee Area Technical College are blue and white, with gold as an accent color. The athletic teams are nicknamed the MATC "Stormers."
The MATC "Stormers" are part of the North Central Community College Conference. The "Stormers" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:
In addition to the Downtown Milwaukee Campus, MATC has the following satellite campuses:
- Mequon Campus
- Oak Creek Campus
- West Allis Campus
MATC was created in response to community demand for technical training of workers in the region, and that commitment to the community continues. MATC provides training, skills advancement and enrichment courses for community members. Its offering of courses in the evenings, on weekends and at varied times is to provide community members greater access to learning.
In the past 20 years, the Hispanic community in the Milwaukee area has increased, leading to changes in teaching methods and curricula at MATC. Working with its Office of Bilingual Education, MATC launched an series of bilingual courses for Hispanic students, aimed at workforce development. Bilingual programs are available in several career choices, including Office Assistant, Nursing Assistant, and Phlebotomy. MATC also provides condensed Spanish language courses for service professionals needing bilingual skills.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants Milwaukee Area Technical College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- State Residents: $4,100-$4,900
- Out-of-State: $6,100-$7,372
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $160-$190 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $220-$270 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||83%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||71%||$6,363|
|Receiving Student Loans||36%||$3,619|
Academics & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Milwaukee Area Technical College may offer services to students including:
- Online course work available
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Child care
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Milwaukee Area Technical College
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
- Radiology Technician Program
Campus: Milwaukee Area Technical College - West Allis
- Dietetic Technician Program
- * Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1979)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Milwaukee Area Technical College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Milwaukee Area Technical College.
- Waukesha County Technical College in Eau Claire, WI (17 miles away)
- Gateway Technical College in Appleton, WI (30 miles away)
- College of Lake County in PERU, IL (47 miles away)
- Moraine Park Technical College in Milwaukee, WI (57 miles away)
- McHenry County College in Chicago, IL (59 miles away)
Also, check out our college lists below, which can help students compare schools to one another: