Learning Center Launched at Carmen High School in Partnership with MATC, Froedtert Health and Milwaukee Bucks

Ginny Gnadt, Public Relations Coordinator

September 06, 2017

Dr. Mohammad Dakwar, MATC provost (l) and Dr. Nancy Vrabec

Dr. Mohammad Dakwar, MATC provost (l) and Dr. Nancy Vrabec, dean of MATC’s School of Health Sciences (r) talked with Carmen High School senior Davie Delgado, who completed MATC’s CNA course and plans to study health care after her high school graduation.

Milwaukee Area Technical College staff and students participated in an open house Aug. 29 for a new Learning Center on Carmen High School of Science and Technology’s Northwest Campus at 5496 N. 72nd St. The renovated classroom will strengthen an existing partnership between MATC and the high school. MATC has been offering courses in certified nursing assistant (CNA), health care customer service and IT support systems to Carmen High School students through a variety of dual enrollment programs. Dual enrollment programs allow students to gain college and high school credit for coursework.

MATC’s health care customer service and IT support systems courses have been taught at the high school while the CNA courses have been held at MATC. The college hopes to offer the CNA classes in the new Learning Center after the facility earns approval by the Wisconsin Department of Health Sciences. The Learning Center renovations and equipment were funded by Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin in partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Learning Center is part of a neighborhood initiative to serve as a workforce hub for healthcare and information technology training at the school. Those fields are considered among the highest demand employment areas in southeast Wisconsin.