Tuesday – October 25, 2016


Mike Williams

Mike Williams Follows Unusual Path to Success in CNC Machining Career

Mike Williams’ educational path at Milwaukee Area Technical College has been anything but typical. When most of his peers were attending high school, Williams was enrolled in MATC’s computer electronics associate degree program at the age of 15. Fast forward 16 years: Williams trained in machining labs at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in the middle of the night, taking computer numerical control (CNC) classes as part of a unique program.

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Promise student Maya Hess is enrolled in MATC's criminal justice studies associate degree program.

MATC Promise Assures Maya Hess an Opportunity to Attend College Full Time

Maya Hess has been working 65-70 hours a week since her early graduation from Port Washington High School in January, striving to earn money for college, a car and other necessities. She knew she wanted to study at Milwaukee Area Technical College, but thought she might only be able to afford to attend college on a part-time basis. When she, her mother and her high school counselor learned about the new MATC Promise program, they all quickly agreed she should apply.

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Omar Alvarez-Rodriguez

Omar Alvarez-Rodriguez Earns MATC Technical Diploma While Attending Tenor High School

Omar Alvarez-Rodriguez graduated from college three weeks before he graduated from high school. He received his technical diploma from Milwaukee Area Technical College’s refrigeration, air conditioning and heating service technician program May 13. Three weeks later, he graduated from Milwaukee’s Tenor High School. Alvarez-Rodriguez is a participant in a unique partnership program between MATC and Tenor.

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Anne Wineland

Earning Medical Coding Diploma Helps MATC Graduate Anne Wineland Triumph Over Homelessness

At an age when most people are planning retirement, Anne Wineland was living in her car, “eating day-old bread and wilted lettuce,” and “reinventing herself” by earning a technical diploma from Milwaukee Area Technical College’s medical coding specialist program.

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Yucca Donahue

Yucca Donahue Transforms Child Care Center with Ideas Learned in MATC Early Childhood Education Program

Yucca Donahue, a May graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College’s early childhood education associate degree program, often raced home after evening classes, excited to make immediate updates and improvements to the child care center she runs from her home. She was often too excited to sleep before she made changes.

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Kristin Gies Ignites Passion for the Earth in Mequon Nature Preserve Visitors

Kristin Thiel Gies credits Milwaukee Area Technical College's landscape horticulture associate degree program with "lighting the green fire" in her nearly 15 years go. Now the executive director of the Mequon Nature Preserve, one of her most fervent goals is to light that same fire in the approximately 12,000 youngsters from southeast Wisconsin who visit the preserve each year. For many, especially children from the central city, it is their first chance to experience nature.

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Maggie Fernandes

Career-Ready Training Leads to Near-Instantaneous Job Offer for Web Developer Maggie Fernandes

Maggie Fernandes’ participation in Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Portfolio Night last year was more than an academic exercise – it was an express ticket to an exciting job as a front end web developer at Milwaukee’s Communicor, Inc. Fernandes received an email inviting her to meet with Communicor staff about a job opportunity the day after Portfolio Night. She received and accepted a job offer from the company within the next week.

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Armen Hadjinian

MATC Program Helps Students Follow Entrepreneurial Dreams

The term “entrepreneurship” conjures up images of the hit ABC reality show “Shark Tank.” Milwaukee Area Technical College’s entrepreneurship technical diploma program and Center for Entrepreneurship are a bit like “Shark Tank,” but without the star investors’ “abrasive personalities and their money,” Armen Hadjinian said with a wry smile.

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Gordie Gohr

MATC Alumnus Gordie Gohr Builds Successful Career then Pursues Bachelor's Degree

It may be natural for some students to want to take a little time off between earning one degree and pursuing another. For MATC alumnus Gordie Gohr, that “little time” spanned three decades.

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Right Path - Young and Fuller

First Graduates of MATC's Right Path Program Earn Their Adult High School Diplomas

Steven Young, Jr., and Heather Fuller radiated pride and excitement as they received their diplomas from Milwaukee Area Technical College's Adult High School at MATC’s Winter Commencement in December. A year ago, neither knew when or even if they would ever earn their diplomas. They owe their success in part to participating in MATC’s new Right Path Program.

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Charles Linyard

Human Service Associate Degree Helps Charles Linyard Inspire and Serve Others

Charles Linyard's life story is one of overcoming obstacles. One of his greatest accomplishments was regaining his sobriety four years ago. That success started him on a path that will lead him to graduate from MATC Dec. 11 with an associate degree from MATC's human service associate program.

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Tatiana Zaldua

Zaldua Follows Her Heart to Study Cardiovascular Technology at MATC

Two brushes with heart health issues as a teen piqued Tatiana Zaldua’s interest enough to lead her to investigate careers in working with heart patients. Several years later, she discovered that MATC’s cardiovascular technology associate degree program was the perfect path to the career she wanted.

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Taylor Deutsch

Machine Shop President Taps MATC Classes, Instructors to Grow and Improve His Business

Taylor Deutsch, 34, blends in with the other students, working on complex computer numerical control (CNC) vertical machines on MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus. A casual observer would not suspect he is the president of a company who is taking classes to sharpen his skills, learn more about cutting-edge machining equipment and network with instructors and students.

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Latrina Diggs and Aimee Kiel

Federal Work Study Internships Benefit Students and United Way

Flipping burgers, waitressing or working as a cashier are traditional ways to work to earn money for college expenses. But MATC students Latrina Diggs and Aimee Kiel have been very fortunate to land paying internships that offer them a chance to advance their careers by working in their fields of study, while also serving a cause they feel is worthwhile. Arranged through MATC’s JOBShop, they are serving as Federal Work Study interns at the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

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