Tuesday – May 31, 2016
MATC Introduces Promise Program
Eligible High School Seniors to Receive Free Tuition, Fees
September 9, 2015
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Milwaukee Area Technical College President Dr. Vicki J. Martin announced details of the MATC Promise, an initiative that will provide free tuition for eligible 2016 high school graduates, at the college's Downtown Milwaukee Campus.
"The MATC Promise will help make the dream of college a reality for eligible area high school seniors," said Martin. "This program provides a solution for issues facing our youth and our community. At a time when young people and our community need us most, we have created a program that will develop a talent pipeline that benefits our residents and local business and industry.
"It is our hope that the MATC Promise will inspire qualified high school seniors to work hard and make a commitment to their success during this school year," continued Martin. "If they make that commitment during their senior year, we will provide them with pathways to careers that will benefit them for the rest of their lives."Students must be on-time graduates from a high school in the MATC district and/or reside in the MATC district, have an Expected Family Contribution of $3,000 or lower (determined based on information reported on the U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and meet additional requirements to be eligible for the MATC Promise. The program will pay students' tuition and fees for four consecutive semesters after federal and state financial aid has been applied. Students must enroll at MATC for the fall 2016 semester, maintain full-time status and participate in academic success and career planning workshops and service learning projects while at MATC.
With more than 165 associate degree and technical diploma programs, MATC plays a vital role preparing the next generation of professionals for high-demand and emerging industries. Ninety-seven percent of MATC graduates live and work in Wisconsin, primarily in the Greater Milwaukee area, and contribute to the region's economic vitality. Six months after graduation, associate degree graduates earn an average wage of $36,890; technical diploma graduates earn an average wage of $31,350.
The announcement of the MATC Promise comes during Workforce Development Month in Wisconsin, and at a time when associate degree and technical diploma graduates are in high demand. The National Skills Coalition projects that 51% of job openings in Wisconsin between 2010-2020 will be middle-skill jobs - those that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree. Middle-skill jobs make up the largest percentage of the U.S. and Wisconsin labor markets. According to a 2013 U.S. Department of Labor report, nationwide occupations typically requiring postsecondary education were projected to grow more quickly than occupations requiring a high school diploma or less between 2012-2022.
The MATC Promise will be funded through the MATC Foundation.
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