Sunday – May 19, 2019

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"As the proud president of Milwaukee Area Technical College, I am heartened to hear how our graduates’ MATC experience helped them attain success, how it resonates to this day and how it inspires them to support the next generation of students.

From beautifully documenting national landmarks through photography, to helping lead a Fortune 500 company, and to meeting the financial needs of our community, MATC graduates are achieving their dreams and impacting the lives of others."

Vicki J. Martin, Ph.D.
President, Milwaukee Area Technical College


Transformations: Celebrating Alumni of Milwaukee Area Technical College | Fall 2018 (pdf)


In This Issue:  

MATC Dual Enrollment Classes Fuel Bike-Building Excellence

An MATC program in partnership with St. Francis High School started Steve Dietzman on a path to international victory. As a high school junior in 2010, Dietzman could access auto and metal shop courses at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus through a Dual Enrollment program, which allowed him to achieve both high school and college credit. In particular, he enjoyed the fabrication aspect of welding and put it to use on motorcycle frames and parts. 


Donation Honors Longtime Employee, Local 212 Co-Founder and President

Patricia “Pat” Parsons was watching television when she thought of the perfect tribute for her father. The Milwaukee PBS series “Cook.Plate.Dine.TM” broadcast in May 2018 –  featuring MATC’s Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts students – inspired her. 


Retired ManpowerGroup Executive’s Career Exemplifies Benefit of Technical Education

A top ManpowerGroup executive when he retired, MATC alumnus Terry Hueneke demonstrates the value of a technical college education through his career advancement, business excellence, community service and support of technical colleges.


MATC Promise for Adults Unlocks Opportunities

Milwaukee Area Technical College welcomed a new group of students this fall, the first-ever attendees to take advantage of the “MATC Promise for Adults.” This program provides eligible students up to 75 credits of free tuition – after other scholarships and grants are applied – to complete an in-demand associate degree. The MATC Promise helps to close the skills gap by boosting the applicant pool for high-demand employment, while removing barriers to gain the education necessary to pursue today’s careers.


Alumni Volunteers Help Ensure Student Success

At Almon Inc., four MATC alumni lead internal teams and help drive the creative work the company produces for its clients. Almon is a technical publications company headquartered in Waukesha, and its training and animation facility employs several alumni of MATC’s School of Media and Creative Arts programs.


Alumni Friends Reunite

Kristin Catalano has a passion for storytelling through film. The MATC graduate used that passion and talent to share the inspirational story of her longtime friend Clarence Garrett. The two met while he was a mechanic working on the fleet at her family’s grocery business when Catalano was just 8 years old.


WISN-TV Retiree Cary Edwards, a Cinematography Alum, Focuses on the Positive and Supports Students

As a teenager in Milwaukee, Cary Edwards knew the career he wanted – making major motion pictures in Hollywood. Fittingly, while a Cinematography student at MATC in the 1970s, he planned ambitious productions. One film assignment he wrote and directed required creating a set in a gritty Milwaukee pool hall, filming a chase scene through Chicago streets, and setting up a shot of an attaché case filled with real $100 bills at a bank. 


Alum Tops 4,000 Applicants for Coveted Photography Job With the National Park Service

While enrolled in MATC’s Photography associate degree program, Jarob Ortiz was consumed with photographing the ruins of abandoned steel mills and manufacturing sites using special equipment rarely used these days: a large format view camera. The marriage of skill, passion and ability to use the “Zone System” developed by legendary photographer Ansel Adams led Ortiz to a stunning achievement in the summer of 2016. He was chosen from a field of approximately 4,000 applicants for a prestigious job as a National Park Service photographer.


As Bank Leader, Alum Shares Her MATC Success Story Throughout the Community

Jasmin Hernandez has accomplished a lot since she graduated from MATC. She earned her bachelor’s degree, rose to the role of community president at a local bank and now serves as a relationship management associate at BMO Harris Bank, among other achievements. Yet her experience at the college remains the standard by which she judges her experience at other institutions.


Report Finds MATC Contributes $1.5 Billion in Economic Impact Each Year

Milwaukee Area Technical College has long been known as a driver in the local economy, helping prepare students to enter the workforce with a high-quality, career-focused education. 

A report released this spring by respected labor market analytics firm Emsi confirmed the significance of that impact: $1.5 billion in annual economic activity generated by the organization, students and alumni. 


MATC Expands Athletics, Launches First-Ever Athletic Scholarships

MATC announced in May 2018 that the college will advance its men’s and women’s basketball teams from Division III to Division II play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) this season. The men’s and women’s tennis teams began their debut season this fall as NJCAA Division I teams. 


Alumni Notes

We want to recognize our talented and inspirational alumni and their accomplishments. The following updates are gathered from national news outlets and notes sent by alumni. You can be proud that tens of thousands of MATC alumni are transforming our region, state and world.


Past Issues


Inside Transformations August 2016 coverFall 2016

Welcome to the second issue of Inside MATC Transformations, which has been designed as an electronic publication. Links in the articles provide more information about the people and programs featured in this edition and we hope you take the opportunity to learn even more about them.

The articles center around MATC students, faculty, staff and alumni; the college’s initiatives; and how these are working together to transform lives, industry and community.


Inside MATC Transformations Fall Issue 2016 (pdf)


2015 Annual Report Spring 2016

This year's MATC Annual Report offers something extra. It is the first edition of the new Inside MATC Transformations magazine.

Three times a year, the magazine will feature stories about MATC students, faculty, staff and alumni; and the college's initiatives and organizations. You will learn how the transformations made possible by MATC are unique and powerful to help transform lives, industry and community.

We invite you to see for yourself in each issue of Inside MATC Transformations.


Inside MATC Transformations Spring Issue 2016 | Annual Report 2015 (pdf)