MATC Gap Year Graduates to Share Future Plans at Final Exhibition

Applications Now Open for Next Class of Career Exploration Program

March 14, 2022

MILWAUKEE -- After ten weeks of intensive career exploration, the first class of the Milwaukee Area Technical College Gap Year program will graduate and share their future career plans during a final exhibition on Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST at the MATC Downtown Milwaukee Campus. 

The MATC Gap Year program provides an alternative educational experience for high school graduates who are taking a gap year before continuing their education. Participants earn a stipend of $1,200 while completing the program.

Over the course of ten weeks, the students have experienced hands-on learning in career pathways including STEM, business management, creative arts, healthcare, community and human services, manufacturing and more.  These MATC-led learning experiences were paired with community showcases and featured speakers, with field trips to Milwaukee businesses and cultural assets.

After the final exhibition, students will stay connected with MATC through special events and access to career readiness services.

“MATC is proud and excited to graduate the first group of Gap Year program participants. This new curriculum uniquely addresses a growing need in American education and workforce development. We are looking forward to partnering with NEWaukee for a second Gap Year class starting in September.” said MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin.

Applications are now open for the second class of the MATC Gap Year program, which will begin on September 8, 2022. 

To be eligible to apply, applicants must live in the Milwaukee Area Technical College district, have graduated in 2020, 2021, or be graduating in spring 2022 with a high school diploma, and have a demonstrated financial need as determined by household income not exceeding $75,000. There is no cost to apply or participate. 

To apply, visit Applications are due by midnight on April 30, 2022.

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and one of the most diverse two-year institutions in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. More than 30,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers more than 170 academic programs; and transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees with more than 40 four-year colleges and universities. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.