July 23, 2014
MATC President Dr. VIcki J. Martin (left) and Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation Vice President for Community Investments Amy Kerwin.
Milwaukee Area Technical College has received three grants totaling $701, 577 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to support students’ pursuit of a college degree. The announcement was made on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus July 23 at an event that included representatives from grant recipients College Possible and Mount Mary and Great Lakes.
"We are called to action by the mounting evidence that too many of these students enroll in college underprepared academically, and too many leave before earning the degree, diploma, or certificate they set out to earn," said Richard D. George, president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes. "We fund programs that understand the root cause of what holds students back, and take bold steps to overcome these obstacles."
Here is an overview of the grants MATC received:
College Ready grant ($243,077) – 160 adult learners will be enrolled in an accelerated college bound pathway program with the intent of increasing their English and math skills and reducing the time spent in remedial developmental courses.
College Success grant ($192,344) – MATC’s Retention Alert system will be enhanced to more effectively connect 600 freshman students with existing support services that will help them achieve their educational goals.
College Success continuation grant ($266,136) – 250 students in MATC’s College Assistance Program will receive case management services that focus on enhanced tutorial support services, student success and study skills seminars, and college engagement.
"We appreciate this funding from Great Lakes," said Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC President. "These resources will allow us to support students and provide a solid foundation from which they can build their careers. Removing barriers that prevent students from earning an associate degree or technical diploma is a priority at MATC and these grants will enable us to continue that important work."