MATC Gap Year

The New MATC Gap Year program for Recent High School Graduates

Not sure what to do after high school? Thinking about taking a gap year? That’s okay!

Before you make any big plans, you might want to learn more about yourself and try out a few things first. And you can – during the MATC Gap Year program.

Applications are now closed for Spring 2022. Please watch for future opportunities!

Launch your gap year with fun and focus.

Use the entire city to explore career opportunities, become an informed civic leader, and get connected to what comes next!

Get paid to find what you enjoy, what you might be good at and what types of careers are out there, with help from mentors, career coaches and other students along the way.


It’s only once a week, with the entire city of Milwaukee as your creative laboratory.

Meet area employers and organizations making the city a better place, form life-long connections with peers who are similar to you, and get inspired – all while being introduced to new career opportunities.

The MATC Gap Year program starts on January 20, 2022 and meets Thursdays through March 31, 2022, followed by a year of career mentorship and special events to fuel your inspiration.

Get Started Today!

Applications are now closed for Spring 2022. Please watch for future opportunities!

Program Benefits:

  • Complimentary transportation to and from MATC as well as throughout the programming
  • Complimentary lunch & snacks at every session
  • Participation stipend of $1,200 upon completion of the program
  • Exclusive access to kickoff, culminating and alumni parties throughout the year
  • Access to em​​ployers, career coaches, mentors and alumni network all year long
  • Career readiness services

Draft Program Schedule:

Note: Dates subject to change. Participation is required every week to receive compensation. If accepted, you will be expected to attend all dates.

  • December 9, 2021 – Welcome Event
  • January 20, 2022 – Introduction & Orientation
  • January 27, 2022 – STEM
  • February 3, 2022 – Business & Management
  • February 10, 2022 – Creative Arts & Design
  • February 17, 2022 – Healthcare
  • February 24, 2022 – Community & Human Services
  • March 3, 2022 – Manufacturing & Construction
  • March 10, 2022 – Future of Work
  • March 17, 2022 – Career Coaching & Plans for Next Steps
  • March 24, 2022  Final Exhibition

Program Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you need to:

  • Live in the Milwaukee Area Technical College district,
  • Have graduated in either 2020 or 2021 with a high school diploma,
  • Have a demonstrated financial need as determined by household income not exceeding $75,000.
  • Space is limited to 25 students.
  • There is no cost to apply or participate.

Participants will be selected upon the evaluation of multiple factors. These include the quality of the application questions and how these convey an interest in participating, as well as evidence of work experience, extracurricular activities or volunteering. This program is designed to provide opportunities to those who may not have the financial resources or access to intensive career planning or traditional gap year. Other selection factors will include: socio-economic, first-generation status, geography, race, national origin, and gender.

Applications are now closed for Spring 2022. Please watch for future opportunities!