Thursday – November 26, 2015


MATC in the News

"MATC in the News" is a summary of recent media stories related to Milwaukee Area Technical College. 


Nov. 23, 2015
Telemundo Wisconsin
Programa de Cosmetología ilingüe en MATC

Telemundo reporter/anchor Christine Navarrete visited an MATC bilingual barber cosmetology apprentice class at the MATC Education Center at Walker's Square. Students learn English as well as barber cosmetology theory.

Nov. 21, 2015
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Foreclosed Homes Get New Life on Milwaukee's North Side
MATC will work with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board to help train workers to rehab foreclosed homes on Milwaukee's north side.

Nov. 21, 2015
The Milwaukee Courier 
MAWIB and County Executive Chris Abele Unveil Program to Connect Workers With Training, Careers
MATC will work with MAWIB to train unskilled workers as part of the new Uplift MKE project to match unemployed people in Milwaukee County with jobs.

Nov. 20, 2015
How to Prepare Venison the Right Way
MATC culinary arts instructor Jack Kaestner talks about ways to cook venison.

Nov. 19, 2015
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Commons Will Host Demo Day for Budding Entrepreneurs
Micheal Bean, MATC electronic engineering graduate, Is presenting his invention of a new type of drum to The Commons, a non-profit organization which helps students build start-up companies and partnerships with industry.

Nov. 19, 2015
MPD, MATC Team Up to Provide Thanksgiving Meal
Officers from the Milwaukee Police Department District 5 worked with MATC's culinary arts and baking and pastry arts students and instructors to prepare food for a community Thanksgiving meal to be served by police at St. Mary of Czestochowa on Sunday.

Nov. 19, 2015
MPD Teams Up with MATC to Make Thanksgiving Dinner for 300
MATC culinary arts and baking and pastry arts students helped officers from the Milwaukee Police Department District Five make Thanksgiving dinner for people in their neighborhood.

Nov. 12, 2015
Fox News, TV-6
On the Hunt for a Job in Milwaukee? You Might Want to Learn Masonry or Carpentry Skills

There is a great demand for workers in the construction fields in the metropolitan Milwaukee area. Deandra Corinthios, TV-6, explored this trend with MATC bricklaying instructor Kevin Kroll, associate dean Dragomir Marinkovich and bricklaying student Forlando Powell.

Nov. 6, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Laid-Off Workers Reinvent Their Careers, Sharpen Their Skills
MATC CNC programming students Nick Wendt and Mark Sikora were featured in this story about people who lost jobs in manufacturing and returned to school to upgrade their skills or find new careers. The article also discussed opportunities offered through MATC's electrical power distribution/line mechanic technical diploma program.

Nov. 3-5, 2015
Bohdan Zachary was named the new general manager of Milwaukee Public TV. Here are some highlights of coverage of his appointment:

Milwaukee Business Journal
New Milwaukee Public TV GM: Bohdan Zachary of KCETLink in Los Angeles

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
Milwaukee Public TV Names New General Manager

The Dudek Abides
MATC Names New MPTV General Manager

Oct. 20, 2015
Biz Times Milwaukee
The Promise of Affordable Education: Area Colleges Ease Costs with New Tuition Models
An interview with MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin about the MATC Promise is prominently featured in a story about innovative tuition models in Biz Times Milwaukee

Oct. 9, 2015
Milwaukee College Tries to Reverse Major Shortage in Truck Drivers
This story talks about the shortage of truck drivers nationwide and the MATC program that has been developed to combat that shortage.

Sept. 11, 2015
Local Ceremonies Honor, Remember 9/11 Victims
MATC's Protective Services Programs held a Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony. Coverage of the ceremony and comments from associate dean Russ Spahn are included at the end of this story.

Sept. 7, 2015
Oak Creek Now
MATC Protective Services Hosts Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at Oak Creek Campus
MATC will hold a Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at the Oak Creek Campus, 6665 S. Howell.

Aug. 25, 2015
As Some Accuse Racine Police of  Using Excessive Force; Experts Says Officers Seen in Video Did Nothing Wrong
Richard Cole, director of MATC's Police Recruit Academy and criminal justice/law enforcement instructor, was interviewed about the use of force by Racine police officers in the case of a suspect who had made threats against his girlfriend, a workplace and himself. Cole examined video footage taken by civilians.

Aug. 24, 2015
Franklin Business Partners Teaming up with MATC on Training Program
The Franklin Business Consortium and MATC's Office of Workforce and Economic Development are forming a partnership to provide employee training in the Franklin Business Park. David Dull, vice president of MATC's District Board and president/CEO, Allis Roller, LLC, is one of the leaders of the initiative and is widely quoted in the article.

Aug. 21, 2015
Snappy Dressers: Brookfield Police Seek up to Four Suspects in Credit Card in Theft of Credit Cards
Rick Cole, director of MATC's Recruit Academy and instructor, criminal justice/law enforcement, was interviewed by WITI Fox-6 about particularly well-dressed thieves who stole a purse and credit card from a shopper in Brookfield and charged $7,000 in gift cards. 

Aug. 10, 2015
Kenosha News
Filling the Big Rigs
Daniel Zdrojewski, MATC truck driving instructor, was interviewed for this article on the national shortage of truck drivers and the ways the industry is trying to meet that challenge.

Aug. 10, 2015
Kenosha News
Training Programs Aim to Reduce Driver Shortage in U.S:
This article explores about training options for new truck drivers in Southeast Wisconsin, including giving contact information for MATC's new eight-week program.

Aug. 10, 2015
Did You Know? A Few Facts about the State Fair Cream Puffs
Twenty-three of the 220 employees making cream puffs at the Wisconsin State Fair are students from MATC's baking and pastry arts program.

August 2015
Virtualization Companies Get High Praise in Enterprise Survey
MATC IT networking instructor Brian Kirsch was interviewed for this article comparing the performance of various brands of virtualization companies.

July 30, 2015
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Waukesha County Technical College to Offer Free Welding Classes
The Journal Sentinel interviewed MATC welding instructor Cliff Andrae about MATC's very popular grant-funded welding classes as WCTC launches a similar program this fall.

July 15, 2015
WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, Wis.)
CVTC Shares Compressed Natural Gas Truck with Three Other Technical Colleges
MATC and three other Wisconsin technical colleges are sharing a compressed natural gas truck for use in their truck driving programs. The truck was funded by a grant from the State of Wisconsin.

July 14-15, 2015
Several media stories were aired about a "Survivor Empowerment Information Meeting" held at MATC July 15. Claudaire Motley, a victim of a carjacking/shooting in Milwaukee in 2014, was the speaker. Here is a sampling of coverage:

"This is a Great City:" Shooting Victim Stepping Up to Help Other Victims, Improve the City of Milwaukee

Victim Shot in the Face During Carjacking Looks to Empower Other Victims of Crime

July 15, 2015

"Working with Students from Cradle to Career:" New School to Open on Community's North Side
The Milwaukee Rescue Mission will open a new school for at-risk families called Cross Trainers Academy at 15th and Center in Milwaukee. It will feature a day care through high school. Students will take entrance exams for MATC as juniors and attend most classes at MATC during their senior year of high school.

July 1, 2015
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Young Adults in YouthBuild Help Construct Habitat for Humanity Houses
Students in MATC's YouthBuild Program complete six months of classes in construction trades such as carpentry, welding and plumbing while working toward earning their GEDs. They are required to do 80 hours of community service with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

June 14, 2015
Telemundo Wisconsin
Cerveceros ayudan a recaudar dinero para becas
Milwaukee Brewers Carlos Gomez, Martin Maldonado, Wily Peralta and Jean Segura were at MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus Sunday, June 14, to support a fundraiser for the MATC LULAC CArlos Gomez Scholarship for Latino students.

June 15, 2015
'Blue Monday' pushes awareness for men's health
Matt Doyle highlights a series of activities aimed at men's health during June. 

June 10, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Flooded with calls, MATC adds more extensive welding program
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After great interest for grant-funded welding courses, MATC is addressing prospective students who want to pursue welding careers.

June 9, 2015
WUWM Radio
Local Manufacturers Still Grappling With Worker Shortage
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MATC President Dr. Vicki Martin details the college's work with local employers to accommodate skilled trades employment openings.

June 2, 2015
Racine Journal Times
Student from Racine Chosen for CISCO Live Dream Team pug5nvs
MATC IT network specialist student Kristen Kelley (Schold), was one of 10 students in the U.S. and Canada selected for the CISCO Live Dream Team.

May 30, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Food and Beverage Startups Get a Helping Hand
Plans are being made to support Milwaukee's small food and beverage industry. FaB Wisconsin also is working with Milwaukee Area Technical College to try to open a pilot food processing plant and three shared product development, food analysis and microbiology testing labs.

May 20, 2015
WITI TV-6, "Studio A"
He's a Milwaukee Man with a Positive Message, One He Wants to Share with Others

Brian Kramp of WITI TV'-6's "Studio A" featured the story of Donte Burgess, who battled great adversity to overcome the mistakes of his past, studied barbering at MATC, and opened a barbershop with a friend.

May 20, 2015
Catching Up with Melvin
TV-58 checked on Melvin Stevenson, who had been the subject of a feature last November. Melvin was homeless and attending Milwaukee Public Schools and thier GPS program, which allows students to attend classes half days and work half days. Stevenson became homeless after his father died. He now has a small apartment and is planning to attend MATC.

May 18, 2015
College Graduate Hopes Her Hard Work Inspires Others
Jean L. Anderson, who graduated from MATC's Administrative Professional (Accelerated) Associate Degree program May 15, was interviewed by TV-4's Shannon Sims for this graduation feature story. Anderson, who came to MATC after losing her husband and her job within four months time, also was the winner of MATC's President's Award.

May 13-16, 2015
Several media outlets covered the announcement of a Summer Welding Certificate program to be held at MATC's Mequon Campus from late May through July. The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant as part of a "Making the Future" project to develop, expand and improve advanced manufacturing career pathways:

Milwaukee Business Journal
MATC Offers Free Welding Classes in Mequon

MATC to Offer Free Summer Welding Certificate Program

Fox 6 News
MATC Campus in Mequon to Offer Welding Classes for FREE This Summer!

MIlwaukee Journal Sentinel
MATC Offers Free Welding Classes, but Mequon Campus Has Few Takers So Far

May 7, 2015
Miwaukee Journal Sentinel
LeReve Co-Owner Studied Firefighting Before Turning to Pastries|
Andy Schneider, MATC baking and pastry arts instructor and co-owner of LeReve, is interviewed in this article for the Food section of The MIlwaukee Journal Sentinel.

May 6, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Company Brewing Taps Rosy Rodriguez as Chef
Rosy Rodriguez, a graduate of MATC's culinary arts associate degree program, was named the executive chef of Company Brewing

May 6, 2015
WTMJ Radio AM 620
LeRoy Butler to Speak at MATC's Annual Soul Food Celebration
LeRoy Butler spoke about overcoming obstacles and signed copies of his book at MATC;s annual Soul Food Celebration.

April 14-15, 2015
Several media outlets have reported on a new partnership between MATC and the Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School. In addition, Dr. Vicki J. Martin was appointed chair of the Bradley Tech Commission on April 14, 2015:

WUWM Radio
MPS to Redesign Struggling Bradley Tech High School

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Education Leaders Announce Reboot Plan for Bradley Tech High

Milwaukee Business Journal
New Plan Hopes to Turn Around Bradley Tech

April 14, 2015
Express Milwaukee
A Glimpse of Your Dining Future: MATC Students Serve Up Hits at Five Star Food and Wine Evening
MATC's annual Five Star Food and Wine Evening will be held April 23.

April 14, 2015
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Culinary Arts Fundraisers Slated
MATC's annual Five Star Food and Wine Evening, which raises money for scholarships, will be held at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus April 23.

March 27, 2015
Milwaukee Business Journal
Convicts Learn New Trades at Night at MATC
Ex-offenders are studying computer numerical controls (CNC) at MATC at night thanks to a Blueprint for Posterity Grant from the State of Wisconsin. They are learning skills which will help them get jobs in the future.

March 9, 2015

National Public Radio (NPR)
As Commodity Prices Sink, Mining Equipment Makers Suffer
National Public Radio (NPR) explored the financial struggles and resulting layoffs at mining equipment manufacturers Caterpillar, Inc., and Joy Global, Inc. Part of the story included a brief interview with MATC CNC student Nick Wendt, who was laid off from Caterpillar and is now attending MATC to retrain for a new career.

March 8, 2015
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS)
128 ARW propulsion shop maximizes learning capability for MATC students, Airmen
MATC aviation technician students receive hands-on training thanks to collaborative relationship with the Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing.

March 5, 2015
Milwaukee Public Radio, WUWM-Radio
Poet and Former Inmate Jimmy Santiago Baca on the Power of Language
Poet/author Jimmy Santiago Baca, who made a presentation, signed books and gave workshops at MATC on March 5, was interviewed on WUWM-Radio's "Lake Effect" show.

March 1, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Poet Baca to Appear at Oriental Screening, MATC Event
Poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca will read from his works and talk about his experiences in a free, public lecture at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in MATC's Cooley Auditorium. His presentation will be followed by a book signing.

Feb. 15, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Training partnership teaches welding and life skills
Read about a collaborative relationship between Super Steel, Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Of Wisconsin and MATC that addresses the area's shortage of skilled-trades workers.

Feb. 13, 2015
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
GED challenges both students and teachers
Area administrators, instructors and students discuss the impact of changes to the GED test that were implemented in 2014.

Feb. 6, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Woman Who Endured Abuse, Homelessness, Takes Lessons to Classroom
Jennifer Beamon, a 2011 graduate of MATC's criminal justice/law enforcement associate degree program, is profiled about personal struggles she has faced and how she uses her experiences to help Milwaukee middle school students.

February 2015
Worldwide Instructional Design System
New Instructors Navigate New Curriculum Development with WIDS
Dan Zdrojewski and Piotr Jelen, MATC truck driving instructors, were interviewed about the use of the WIDS system to develop the curriculum for the college's new truck driving technical diploma program.

Jan. 31, 2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New Briggs & Stratton Lawn Mower Never Needs an Oil Change
Patrick Hanson, engine mechanics instructor in MATC's School of Pre-College Education, was interviewed for this Journal Sentinel story on Briggs & Stratton's new lawn mower engine that never needs an oil change:

Jan. 28, 2015
MATC's Cuisine: Student-Run Restaurant Offers Changing Menu, Great Prices
This article highlights Cuisine restaurant, located on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus and operated by MATC's culinary arts students, instructors and staff.

Jan. 22, 2015
Franklin Now
Free Help with Tax Returns Offered at MATC's Oak Creek and Downtown Milwaukee Campuses

MATC is offering free tax preparation assistance through the VITA program at the Oak Creek and Downtown Milwaukee Campuses this season.

Jan. 22, 2015
Obamacare Adds New Challenges to Tax Season
Jim Benedum, MATC accounting instructor, was interviewed about MATC's VITA program which offers free tax assistance to taxpayers with an annual income of $53,000 or less as part of a larger story about this year's tax season.

Jan. 20, 2015
Students hope Obama's free community college proposal comes to fruition
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Todd Hicks interviews MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin and nursing student Gao Her about the possible impact of President Obama's proposal for free tuition at the nation's two-year colleges.
Jan. 9, 10, 12, 2015
President Obama Proposes Free Tuition at Nation's Two-Year Colleges
President Barack Obama announced a proposal for free tuition at the nation's two-year colleges that would benefit 9 million students annually and save an average of $3,800 in tuition each year.
Here are links to local coverage:

Dec. 24, 2014
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Life's Voices: Nurse Josie Veal Tends to Those With Little Voice

Josie Veal, MATC nursing instructor, was interviewed for WUWM Radio's "Life's Voices" series about people who make a positive difference in the community.

Dec. 15, 2014
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Milwaukee Native Fights for Human Rights in Afghanistan
interview link
Kimberley Motley served as the keynote speaker at MATC's 2014 Winter Commencement Ceremony. She is interviewed by Milwaukee Public Radio regarding her human rights work in Afghanistan.

Dec. 15, 2014
Justin Learns All About the Gingerbread House Display Event
Justin Williams of Fox-6 interviewed Deb Socha, MATC baking and pastry arts instructor; Kim Thalman, graduate of the program; and six students; about the Gingerbread House Competition and Display at the Milwaukee Public Market during the Wake Up News.

Dec. 14, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
More than 30 Gingerbread Houses Made by MATC Pastry Arts Student are on Display Through Tuesday
Gingerbread houses made by MATC baking and pastry arts students are on display at the Milwaukee Public Market through Dec. 16.

Dec. 13, 2014
The Journal Times
Racine woman awarded posthumous degree
article link
At its 2014 Winter Commencement ceremony Milwaukee Area Technical College awarded a posthumous degree in business management to September Swift, who died after an automobile accident this fall.

Dec. 12, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tough life lessons lead to college success
Ernesto Gonzalez II, MATC's outstanding associate degree award winner and Commencement ceremony student speaker, is featured in a column by Jim Stingl.

Dec. 11, 2014
Associated Press
Manufacturers seek women for hard-to-fill jobs
MATC student Camry Simon is interviewed in this Associated Press article about manufacturers' quest to fill position openings.

Dec. 2, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gingerbread Houses
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel included a photo and short story on the Gingerbread House Competition and Display at the Milwaukee Public Market in their cookie section. MATC baking and pastry arts students made 31 houses for the annual event.

Nov. 11, 2014
Milwaukee Business Journal
FaB Wisconsin and MATC roll out proposed Food Maker School
article link
MATC and FaB Wisconsin shared details about the new Food Maker School and FaB Wisconsin Center for Excellence at a Nov. 10 event at the MATC Education Center at Walker's Square.

Nov. 10, 2014
BizTimes Milwaukee
FaB and MATC release more details on Food Maker School
article link
A new Food Maker School and FaB Wisconsin Center for Excellence will be located at the MATC Education Center at Walker's Square.

Oct. 13, 2014
BizTimes Milwaukee
New MATC president wants to put students on the right path
MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin shares her vision for the college and details her commitment to student success.

Oct. 10, 2014
Expect Walker, Burke to Project Confidence and Tout Experience During Debate
Kevin Pulz, MATC television and video production instructor, and senior producer for MPTV, was interviewed what to expect from the candidates in the Wisconsin gubernatorial debate, and his advice for the candidates.

Oct. 9, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Swearing in New Citizens Special for Federal Magistrate
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services held a naturalization ceremony for 129 new American citizens was held at MATC Oct. 9

Sept. 28, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin National Guard Leads State's Cybersecurity Battle
Mark Miller, MATC IT security instructor, was interviewed for this story on the ongoing need for vigilance in the battle for internet security.

Sept. 26, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Author Alexander urges crowd to end mass incarceration
article link
Author Michelle Alexander and a panel of local experts discussed "Incarceration, Opportunity & the Future of Milwaukee" at an event at MATC's Cooley Auditorium that drew a capacity crowd. Alexander is the author of "The New Jim Crow" and a leading expert on the issue of racism and mass incarceration.

September 15, 2014
Mayfair, MATC team up to bring more pleasant shopping experience
MATC Music Occupations students, alumni and faculty will perform at the Mayfair Mall food court.
Aug. 18, 2014
Technical Colleges Work to Rapidly Fill New Courses: Talent Development, Education and Training
Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges recently received a total of $28 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants to increase course offerings in high-demand fields. MATC received $2.6 million, which will be used to offer additional courses in manufacturing, truck driving, early childhood education and health care certified nursing assistant training.

Aug. 15, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
3D Technology Adds New Dimension to Marquette University Teaching
MATC animation students created a virtual hospital room for use by Marquette University Nursing students in MU's Visualization Lab. The animation students hope to create more settings for Marquette nursing students in the future.

July 18, 2014
MATC to get $2.6 Million From State for Worker Training
MATC is being awarded $2.6 million in Fast Forward funds to train up to 546 workers in high demand fields, as part of a larger grant to the Wisconsin Technical College System. Gov. Scott Walker announced the grant to MATC at an event at MATC's Oak Creek Campus.

July 17, 2014
FOX 6 Real Milwaukee
Chip hangs at MATC to learn about the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge
Chip Brewster previewed the 2014 Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge at the 6th Street Cafe on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus. He interviewed instructor Chef Andy Schneider and the three finalists in the "start up" category.

July 14, 2014
Fox 6 Real Milwaukee
Learn All About the Fire Science Associate Degree Program at MATC Oak Creek Campus
Chip Brewster, reporter for Fox 6's "Real Milwaukee" visited MATC's Oak Creek Campus to get a hands-on look at what MATC fire protection technician associate degree students learn. He took part in exercises with a fire hose and in putting out a live fire in the burn building. The story also featured a mock hazmat situation and a relay by students which previews the firefighter challenge to be held at MATC's Oak Creek Campus in September.

July 9, 2013
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Housing Authority OKs new technology training center
MATC is collaborating with the City of Milwaukee Housing Authority, St. Francis of Assisi Church and other organizations to open the Milwaukee iCenter, a technology training center just north of MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus. College staff will provide will provide instruction, case management and tech support services at the center.

July 4, 2014
Mequon Now
Dr. Wilma Bonaparte Appointed Vice President for MATC's Mequon Campus
Dr. Wilma Bonaparte will begin her duties as vice president for MATC's Mequon Campus in August. She is currently dean of MATC's School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

July 3, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New president wants community to see MATC's evolution
Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC's 10th president, shares the meaningful role the college plays in the community and outlines efforts to attract more students.
MATC quickly fills president job by promoting from within
This article details MATC presidential transition.

June 25, 2014
Dr. Vicki J. Martin Named 10th President of MATC
Business Journal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

June 19, 2014
$500,000 Greater Milwaukee Foundation grant targets MATC
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation announced a three-year, $500,000 grant to provide scholarship support to low-income MATC students.

June 4, 2014
WITI-TV, Fox 6
Know How to Trim a Tree? Chip Enjoys "Day in the Life' of an Arborist
Fox 6's Chip Brewster learns about safety precautions taken by arborists when climbing trees from MATC horticulture instructor Mike Wendt and MATC alumnus Gary Kohler.

May 20, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MATC Student Conquers Brain Injuries, Limitations to Graduate
Roane Simkin,, who is graduating with interactive media and individualized technical studies associate degrees from MATC May 21, is featured in this Journal Sentinel story. Simkin was injured in her 20s when a horse fell on her, and again in a car accident in 2007. She held a master's degree in human factors engineering, but returned to retrain at MATC due to a head injury and other physical challenges.

May 20, 2014
Molten Metal That Injured Foundry Workers "More Harmful Than Fire"
Tom Roberts, MATC metallurgy instructor, was interviewed about the processes and high temperatures that are used in foundry work. The story was run in conjunction with the accident at the Johnson Brass and Machine Foundry in Saukville.

May 20, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Program Brings Classes to Granville Business District Improvement Workers
MATC's Office of Workforce and Economic Development and the Granville Business District worked together to obtain a Workforce Advancement Training grant to offer classes to workers in the Granville Business District. MATC is now offering incumbent worker training in technical, computer, customer service and management fields on site in the district.

May 16, 2014
Partnership offers scholarships to kids with incarcerated parents
A collaborative relationship between MATC and Creative Corrections Education Foundation provides an opportunity for students whose parents are incarcerated.

May 19, 2014
The Journal Times
Raymond Woman Delivers Commencement Speech at UW-Parkside
Tracy Hribar, a graduate of MATC's accounting associate degree program, was the featured commencement speaker at UW-Parkside May 17. She also received the Chancellor's Award as UW-Parkside's top graduate.

May 15, 2014
M Magazine
Falling for MATC's Cuisine and Sixth Street Cafe
The expansion and move of MATC's Cuisine Restaurant to the first floor of the Main Building and the opening of the 6th Street Cafe are the focus of the May 15, 2014, edition of Jeanette Hurt's Gourmet Lifestyle blog.

May 12, 2014
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Former Gang Member Turns Hardships Into Art
Lawrence Madrigal, who graduated in welding from MATC in December 2013, discussed his difficult childhood and his participation in Artworks for Milwaukee, an organization that combines workforce development and artwork for teens facing barriers in academics and in employment.

May 9, 2014
Employers Claim They Can't Find Workers Who Are Job Ready: MATC Tries to Address Skills Gap
WISN TV-12 reporter Kent Wainscott investigated issues involved with the manufacturing "skills gap" and explored what MATC is doing to meet the needs of employers and students training in manufacturing programs.

May 7, 2014
Milwaukee Business Journal
Digital Iris Bringing High Tech to Milwaukee (Video)
Seth Swanson, MATC animation instructor and founder and animation director at Digital Iris LL, discusses technological breakthroughs he is making, including a 3-D-printed hand that mimics human motion, a virtual reality headset and augmented reality glasses.

May 6, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MATC Announces Four Board Appointments
MATC has announced appointments of four members to its District Board, effective July 1, 2014. Abdulhamid Ali, chairman/CEO, DAAR Engineering; and Mary Scheibel, principal and founder, Trefoil Group, are newly appointed. David Dull, president/CEO, Allis Roller; and Kurt Wachholz, superintendent, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, were reappointed.

May 4, 2014
Milwaukee Courier
Best High School Auto Techs Compete in Hands-On Car Repair Competition May 7 at MATC's Mequon Campus
Twenty high school students from across Wisconsin will compete in a timed, hands-on car repair competition at MATC's Mequon Campus May 7. They will be competing for a trip the national championship and for a scholarship to MATC's Ford ASSET associate degree automotive program.

April 29, 2014
Green Bay Police Threatened on YouTube
MATC IT security and networking instructor Mark Miller discusses internet threats by hackers in light of a recent threat by the group "Anonymous" on the Green Bay Police Department.

April 24, 2014
Women in Manufacturing
Hear Her Story: Sue Silverstein
MATC's Sue Silverstein was interviewed about her journey into a career as a welder and later, an MATC welding instructor. She talks about what it's like to be a woman in a non-traditional occupation.

April 22, 2014
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Why Not Try the Place With the Palm Trees?
Maija Cruz, who earned her Adult High School diploma, GED and associate degree in liberal arts and sciences at MATC, was interviewed for this audio story by The Chronicle of Higher Education about her educational journey. She is about to graduate from Stanford University.

April 22, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pell Grant Cuts Will Hurt the Poor
Columnist James E. Causey writes about the hardships college students will face if Pell Grant funding is cut. He tells the story of MATC student Gustavo Hinojosa, Jr., who lost a lucrative job and is retraining at MATC in the information security specialist associate degree program. MATC economics instructor Michael Rosen also was interviewed.

April 22, 2014

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Port Washington Sees Savings with Propane-Fueled Squad Car
Energy writer Tom Content covered the 11th annual Green Vehicles Workshop and Showcase held at MATC April 22. The article focused on alternative fuel and vehicles choices.

April 21, 2014
National Journal
Google Glass Owners: Don't Waste Your Money -- Yet
MATC instructor Larry Domine, who is a tester for Google Glass, a new interactive technology worn on glasses, was interviewed about the development of the new product.

Columnist James E. Causey writes about his views on hardships facing college students if funding for Pell Grants is cut. He focuses on the story of MATC student Gustavo Hinojosa, Jr., who lost a profitable job and is retraining in MATC's information systems security specialist associate degree program.
April 19, 2014

April 19, 2014
Milwaukee Courier
Green Vehicles Workshop and Showcase Set for April 22 at MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus
The 11th annual Green Vehicles Workshop and Showcase will be held at MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus on April 22. The workshop, featuring nine speakers, will be held in the morning. The showcase will be in the early afternoon. Cost of the workshop is $20, or $15 without lunch. The showcase is free.

April 14, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Unlicensed Motorcyclists Account for 36% of State Fatalities Over 10 Years
This article deals with the concern about the large number of motorcyclists in Wisconsin riding without licenses. Tom Stresing, who teaches a basic motorcycle rider education class at MATC, was interviewed for this story, which also is accompanied by photos from MATC motorcycle safety classes.

April 8, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MATC contest open to innovative food entrepreneurs
Seed money and consultative services are the top prizes in the 2014 Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge, sponsored by Reliable Water Services and MATC.

April 5, 2014
WISN TV 12 News This Morning
WISN contributor Kidd O'Shea makes espresso
WISN TV 12's Kidd O'Shea visited the Café Saturday, April 5, 2014, to promote the 2014 Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge and feature the college's baking and pastry arts students and faculty.

April 4, 2014
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
MATC Truck Driving Program Looks to Fill Large Employee Gap
This article takes a look at MATC's new 10-week full-time truck driving program.

March 2014
Dealer Point,Official Publication of the Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association
A Green Light for Green Skills in Wisconsin
Gary Beier, WATDA Vice President, details the collaborative relationship to provide green automotive technology training programs that now serves as a model for the Wisconsin Technical College System.

March 31, 2014
Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge returns
Reliable Water Services and MATC are sponsoring the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge for the third year.

March 28, 2014
The Business Journal
Economic Reliance on Green Tech and Sustainable Business Practices Expected to Grow: Slideshow
The increased reliance on sustainable business practices was one of the highlights of the annual Sustainability Summit, hosted by Milwaukee Area Technical College March 26-28. This article summarizes some of the highlights of the summit.

March 27, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sustainability Summit Focuses on Growth of Waste-to-Energy Projects
Converting waste to energy was one of the major topics at the annual Sustainability Summit, hosted by Milwaukee Area Technical College in late March.

March 22, 2014
TODAY'S TMJ4 Live at Daybreak
MATC Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge
MATC instructor Chef Andy Schneider discusses the 2014 Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge with Tom Murray.

March 21, 2014
FOX 6 Real Milwaukee
Have a culinary dream you'd like to kick-start? Help make it happen
MATC instructor Chef Andy Schneider appeared on FOX 6 Real Milwaukee to explain details of the 2014 Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge. MATC and Reliable Water Services have team up to offer the contest to local aspiring food entrepreneurs since 2012.

March 19, 2014
Dodge Viper Used for Education at MATC Ordered to be Crushed
A 2000 Dodge Viper which was on loan to MATC's automotive programs, was one of nearly 100 Vipers recently ordered to be destroyed by its owner, the Chrysler Group, LLC. MATC has agreements with Chrysler, Ford and Honda to train auto mechanics through associate degree programs offered at MATC's Mequon Campus. All three automakers loan vehicles to the programs as learning tools. Eventually, the cars are destroyed when they are considered to no longer have educational value.

March 18, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MATC's Culinary Programs Expand Benefiting Students and Public
This Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story takes a look at developments in the culinary arts and baking and pastry arts programs, including the recent opening of the 6th Street Cafe and an update on the Five Star Food and Wine Evening set for April 3.

March 14, 2014
Franklin Now
West Allis, West Milwaukee Chambers, Schools and MATC Host Event to Teach Youth About Manufacturing
The West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District and Milwaukee Area Technical College teamed up to teach middle and high school students about careers and training in manufacturing on March 15 at MATC's Center for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing.

March 14, 2014
Lazy Susan Brings Eclectic Menu to Bay View
MATC culinary arts graduate A.J. Dixon is starting her own restaurant in Bay View named "Lazy Susan."

March 2014 - Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin, Spoke at MATC Soul Food Celebration

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, who was killed in a violent altercation in 2012, was the keynote speaker at MATC's 22nd annual Soul Food Celebration March 14. Here is a sampling of the coverage of the dinner, the news conference before the dinner, and the interviews and publicity that preceded the Soul Food Celebration.

Sybrina Fulton Spoke at the 22nd Annual Soul Food Celebration
Milwaukee Courier

Trayvon Martin's Mother Speaks at Milwaukee, Wis., College

Trayvon Martin's Mother in Milwaukee
WDJT-TV, Channel 58
(includes link to raw footage of full news conference)

Trayvon Martin's Mom Makes Milwaukee Appearance

Trayvon Martin's Life: Empowering Our Youth
Wisconsin Public Radio

Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin, to Speak at MATC Soul Food Celebration March 14
Milwaukee Courier

"Stand Your Ground" Laws Must be Clarified
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Trayvon Martin's Mom to Speak at MATC Event at Marcus Center
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

March 10, 2014
WITI-TV, Fox 6
Chip Gets a Preview of the Midwest Foodservice Expo
Tom LaPierre, MATC baking and pastry arts instructor, shows Wake Up News' Chip Brewster the lifesize gingerbread house he and his students made for display at the Midwest Foodservice Expo during the first segment and teaches Brewster how to make flowers from icing in the second clip.

Feb. 26, 2014
88.9 Radio Milwaukee
Inside the kitchen at MATC student-run restaurant
Nate Imig takes an inside look at Cuisine, MATC's student operated restaurant on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus.

Feb. 15, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Change of Heart: One Woman's Journey from Near-Death to Life
MATC nursing student Tara Waedekin was a member of the health care team featured in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series about the health journey of Kathleen Shores, who was connected to artificial heart machines while waiting for a heart transplant.

Feb. 15, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Home Improvement Show Serves as Teaching Tool
MATC interior design associate degree students competed against students from three other colleges to design at 12 foot by 12 foot room display for the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show. Each participating college received$ 1,000 from Nehmey Construction for their efforts.

Feb. 14, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Couples Find Valentines Day Wedding Worth the Wait
Thomas Gallagher and Alejandra Rodriguez were among 52 couples married at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on Valentines Day. They met when Gallagher, then an MATC student, traveled to Mexico in 2012 as part of an MATC Spanish program.

Feb. 14, 2014
Wisconsin Public Radio
Climate Expert Confirms "The New Normal"
George Stone, MATC natural sciences instructor and climate expert, discussed recent weather extremes and our unnaturally mild winters in recent years. He said this year's weather reflected an "old-fashioned Wisconsin winter." He also discussed the need to pay attention to reducing greenhouse gases to mitigate climate change.

Feb. 8, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show to Feature Special Attractions
Milwaukee Area Techical College interior design associate degree students are competing against students from other colleges at the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show. Competing students have designed a 12 foot by 12 foot area with a theme of "bring the outside in." The MATC entry is a child's playroom with an urban concept of the outdoors.

Feb. 7, 2014
SmartBlog on Education
Why students should embrace Google+
MATC instructors Larry Domine and Tony Stanislawski advocate the Google+ for students to develop a professional online profile.

Feb. 5, 2014
Greenfield Now
Whitnall Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month
Whitnall High School students can earn college credits through a partnership with MATC. The college also collaborates with other south suburban high schools to provide opportunities for their students.

January 2014
Wallet Hub
2014 Predictions for Your Wallet
MATC Entrepreneurship instructor Armen Hadjinian is one of the experts quoted in the Small Business & Entrepreneurship section of this forecast.

January 30, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
President Barack Obama to Highlight Job Training in Waukesha Visit
U.S. President Barack Obama visited GE's Waukesha gas engines plant to emphasize the importance of job training and to discuss community college training fund grants. He was met by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who addressed job training initiatives by Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College and Wisconsin-based training partnerships.

January 25, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MATC Revamps South Side Milwaukee Building for Worker Training
MATC's Milwaukee Enterprise Center South (MEC South) has been converted into an education and training facility called the MATC Education Center at Walker's Square. The new center houses the preparatory plumbing and bricklaying and masonry technical diploma programs, the Office of Workforce and Economic Development (OWED) offices and contract training, continuing education classes, and traffic safety classes. Other programs will be offered there as well in the near future.

January 25, 2014
Fox 6 Milwaukee
MATC Offering Free Tax Return Preparations
MATC is offering assistance with preparation of basic personal tax returns for taxpayers with an income of $52,000 or less at the Downtown Milwaukee and the Oak Creek Campuses in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs. See for details.

January 24, 2014
Milwaukee Business Journal
MATC Instructor Sees More Demand for VMWare Training
Brian Kirsch, MATC IT networking instructor, was interviewed for this story about the demand for VMWare training and MATC's offerings which meet that need.

January 22, 2014
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus Jan. 22 to announce her new legislation to help train the next generation of skilled-workers for jobs in clean energy. The Grants for Renewable Energy Education for the Nation (GREEN) Act allocates competitive grant funding for clean energy career and technical training programs so that students are better trained for post-secondary education and better equipped for the high-skilled jobs of the future. Here is a summary of coverage of her visit to MATC:

MATC Leaders, Sen. Baldwin Discuss Expanded Focus on "Green-Collar" Jobs
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Senator Tammy Baldwin Discusses Green Jobs Bill
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Baldwin Announces Legislation to Train Workers for Green Jobs
Fox 6 Milwaukee

January 18, 2014
Milwaukee Courier
Free Help with Tax Returns Offered at MATC's Downtown Milwaukee and Oak Creek Campuses
MATC accounting students, alumni, instructors and volunteers will help taxpayers with an income of $52,000 or less to file their basic personal income tax returns. Assistance is available at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus and the Oak Creek Campus. The program is offered in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

January 17, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Want to Ace a Milwaukee Restaurant Inspection? Be a Dictator
John Reiss, MATC culinary arts instructor, was interviewed for this story about necessary health and safety precautions restaurants must follow to pass inspections.

January 14, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Harbor House Chef Serves Lobster and a Side of Insight
MATC culinary arts graduate Zach Espinosa, executive chef at Milwaukee's Harbor House restaurant, is interviewed about his career and dedication to sustainability in the seafood and other dishes he prepares.

January 13, 2014
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Local testing centers prepare to administer new GED test
MATC School of Pre-College Education Dean Gloria Pitchford-Nicholas and Manager of Assessments and Academic Support Services Carol Spain explain how MATC is prepared to offer the new GED tests, which became available in January. The tests are offered at all four MATC campuses.

January 2014
Cutting Tool Engineering Plus
Customized Technical Training
Cutting Tool Engineering Plus reprinted an "MATC in Action" story about MATC providing customized training to Greendale's Kinetic Company, which was funded by a Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grant. Also included is a video story about MATC's training of Kinetic Company workers. Production of the video was funded by the Wisconsin Technical College System

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