Cooley was 43 when called upon by Milwaukee leaders to create a school to serve primarily young people who had dropped out of public school - most often to take menial jobs to help support family income. Over the next 28 years, he became a national leader in the development of vocational education and oversaw the construction of the Milwaukee Vocational School at Sixth and State Streets.
Construction students used a demonstration model to show different aspects of the trade.
The college was fully equipped for barbering classes in the 1930s.
Bookkeeping class, 1914-15.
Breadmaking students in the 1930s were well trained to work in area bakeries.
Bricklaying students constructed corners as one of their first hands-on tasks in class, 1920s.
Young men practice the art and science of chemistry, 1920s.
Girls learned how to take care of babies in an infant care class, 1920s.
Students test electrical equipment in a 1920s lab.
MATC Vision MATC is the premier comprehensive technical college that provides excellence in education to enrich, empower and transform lives.
MATC Mission As a public, two-year comprehensive technical college, MATC offers exceptional educational and training opportunities and services to our diverse metropolitan area by engaging with partners to advance the quality of life for our students and community.