College a Provider of Innovative Education for 100 Years
MILWAUKEE (Sept. 26, 2011) – Milwaukee Area Technical College is commemorating its centennial with a series of celebrations over the next 12 months.
"All of the success we have achieved this past century would not have been possible without our students," said MATC President Dr. Michael L. Burke. "They are my inspiration. No matter what generation they represent, our students have gone to great lengths to earn an education from MATC. They are on our campuses and in our satellite centers because they know an education will help them succeed. Today's students are no different than the men and women who filled our campus in the early 1900s – sacrificing for the sake of a better life through education. That is what MATC provides and why our community relies on us."
In 1911 Charles McCarthy urged the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a law creating a statewide network of continuation schools. Led by founding director Robert L. Cooley, the Milwaukee Continuation School first offered classes in the fall of 1912 at the Manufacturers' Home Building on Mason Street and at the Stroh Building, near the St. Paul Avenue Post Office.
Today, MATC is one of the largest two-year colleges in the Midwest, offers more than 200 associate degree, technical diploma, certificate and apprentice programs at four campuses and community-based sites, serves close to 50,000 students a year, and works with local businesses to develop members of the incumbent workforce in new and emerging technology.
The college's centennial celebration launched with a dinner hosted by the MATC Retirees Association Sept. 24 at Tuckaway Country Club in Franklin. Proceeds benefited the MATC Centennial Scholarship Fund.
A special commemorative publication, Centennial Stories, chronicles the college's growth and contributions to the region through hundreds of photographs and personal reflections. It will be available for purchase at all MATC Bookstores for $20 later this month.
A website dedicated to the Centennial - http://www.matc.edu/MATC100 - has been created and shares facts about the college, photo galleries, merchandise and event information. A Facebook page also has been created for alumni, and current and former faculty and staff to share their MATC memories.
MATC Centennial displays will be on exhibit at a number of local venues, including the Milwaukee Public Library, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Milwaukee Public Market.
"The MATC Centennial celebration gives everyone who is part of the MATC family – current students, alumni, instructors, administrators, staff, business partners and supporters – the opportunity to reflect on the important contributions the college has made to the greater Milwaukee community for 100 years," said Mary Sorensen, retired associate dean and Centennial celebration co-chairperson.