Saturday – December 07, 2019

The President's Office

Dr. Vicki J. Martin
Tenth President of Milwaukee Area Technical College

Dr. Vicki J. Martin is the tenth president of Milwaukee Area Technical College. She has served in higher education for nearly four decades, at MATC for three decades and has led the college since 2014. The Milwaukee native and first-generation college student holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, master's degrees from the University of North Dakota (counseling and guidance) and Cardinal Stritch University (business management), and a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

In 2015, Martin launched the MATC Promise, a public-private partnership that provides free tuition for eligible new high school graduates. The first-in-Wisconsin program drew the attention of former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, who addressed MATC’s graduates in Spring 2017. In Spring 2018, Martin announced a major expansion of the program -- the MATC Promise for Adults -- which provides free tuition for eligible students to finish their degree. She is leading MATC through its implementation of the American Association of Community Colleges' Guided Pathways framework to improve student success. Martin has attracted growing private-sector and foundation support to the MATC Foundation, serves on the steering committee of the Higher Education Regional Alliance, and is a founding leader of the M 3 (pronounced M-cubed) initiative, which brings together MATC, Milwaukee Public Schools and UWM to transform the future of Milwaukee through education. She is also a board member of City Year Milwaukee and serves as the chairperson of the Bradley Tech High School Commission, where she has helped implement an Early College program connecting students to both college credits and career exploration.

In January, Martin was named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s list of "19 Executives to Watch in 2019."


Office of the President
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
700 West State Street
Room M200

MATC Presidential History

Robert L. Cooley 1912 - 1940

William F. Rasche 1940 - 1958

George A. Parkinson 1958 - 1968

William L. Ramsey 1968 - 1981

Rus F. Slicker 1981 - 1990

Barbara Holmes 1990 - 1992

John R. Birkholz 1992 - 2001

Darnell E. Cole 2001 - 2009

Michael L. Burke 2010 - 2014

Vicki J. Martin 2014 -


Welcome to the Milwaukee Area Technical College website! I invite you to explore this site to learn about our high-quality, affordable academic programs and our support services designed to help you achieve success. Also check out the information about our four campuses and the 50+ student clubs and organizations.

We offer more than 200 associate degree, technical diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Our programs are crucial to the region's economic vitality and lead to a wide variety of career opportunities. Select programs are offered online, in an accelerated format, and in Spanish.

Interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree? MATC has transfer partnerships with four-year colleges and universities, including the UW System, so you can start at MATC and transfer your credits to a four-year institution.

If you need to complete your high school education, earn a GED or improve your English-speaking skills, MATC's School of Pre-College Education can help you reach your goals.

Our graduates can be found in every career sector in the region: 95 percent of recent associate degree graduates were employed within six months of graduation and their average salary was $45,641; 89 percent of the technical diploma graduates were employed within six months of graduation and their average salary was $34,423.

The cost of an MATC education is among the most affordable in Wisconsin and the MATC Foundation Inc. offers scholarships to help eligible students with their expenses.

For more than 100 years, MATC has been committed to enriching, empowering and transforming lives throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Our core
values (Student Success, Accountability, Collaboration, Customer Focus, Diversity, Excellence, Innovation and Integrity) are integrated into every aspect of the college – from the moment you inquire about an MATC education to the day you walk across the stage as a proud MATC graduate. 

I invite you to learn more about our college and wish you all the best,
Vicki J. Martin, Ph.D.