Career Exploration

Career Exploration

MATC offers a variety of career exploration options for students to jump start their college careers. See below for more information on various programs offered through MATC.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing courses are taught by high school teachers using high school curriculum determined to be a close match to an MATC course.

A student must earn a “B” or better in an advanced standing course and be a WTCS program student and enrolled in coursework to receive advanced standing. Advanced standing courses may earn a student the opportunity to skip an introductory level course in their program and advance to the next level. Advanced Standing agreements are transferable to all schools within the Wisconsin Technical College System.

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Youth Apprenticeship

Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It is designed for junior and senior grade level high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction. This one or two year elective program combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.

The Youth Apprenticeship Program is managed by different consortiums and its availability differs by school district. For more information, please see your high school counselor, contact your local Youth Apprenticeship consortium or visit this website:

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Summer Camps

MATC offers summer camps on a variety of topics for you to explore potential careers in a variety of fields.

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Home School Options

If students are home-schooled or enrolled in a private, tribal, or school district outside of Wisconsin they may not qualify for certain dual credit options. If students are sixteen years of age and meet course prerequisites, they may enroll in MATC coursework. This coursework can be covered through private pay or a third-party funder that may be in agreement to cover student tuition. Since Start College Now is not available during summer terms, students can also choose standard enrollment during this time frame.

Career Coach

From the very beginning of your time at MATC, the Career Counselors/Advisors at  MATC's Student Career Center have an abundance of resources to help you make decisions about your college program and your career. It’s okay not to know exactly what you want to study when you walk through the doors at the Career Center, but our trained professionals will help you reflect on your own interests, values, skills, and passions to make an informed decision about your future.

Contact one of our Career Advisors today!


Erin Cherney
Manager, High School Relations
(Contracts, CNA, Transcripted Credit, M3, Start College Now)

Stefanie Patti
Coordinator, Dual Enrollment
(Transcripted Credit - Teachers/Credentialing/MOU)

Megan Poytinger
Coordinator, Dual Enrollment
(Contracted students: M3, CNA, DEA)

Nichole Johnson
Senior Specialist, Dual Enrollment
(Start College Now, Contracts, Transcripted Credit students)

Francis Wyne
Senior Specialist, Dual Enrollment
(Start College Now, Contracts, Transcripted Credit students)

Lisa Christopherson
Administrative Assistant, High School Relations
(Transcripted credit and contract students)