MATC offering five new programs starting Fall 2022

Mark Feldmann,

April 12, 2022

Art Pre Major

MILWAUKEE – To better provide area employers with the skilled professionals they need right now, Milwaukee Area Technical College will offer five new programs starting in the fall of 2022. Registration begins in April for all Summer and Fall courses, including the new program offerings.

MATC continually assesses courses and programs to ensure the college delivers the highly qualified workers that area businesses need, and the fulfilling careers that students want.

The college offers more than 170 associate degree, technical diploma and certificate programs designed to help students connect to a new career, start a four-year degree or skill up in their field. 

Starting in August, MATC will offer:

Associate of Arts – Art: Pre-Major Degree

The study of art and design develops creative thinkers, artist professionals and cultural leaders through a cross-disciplinary curriculum that balances innovation, traditional craftsmanship, critical thinking, and scholarly civic engagement. This pre-major aligns with transfer agreements with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Community Health & Nutrition Navigator

This program in the Healthcare Pathway is designed to help the MATC community become and remain healthy by ensuring access to nutritious, fresh foods. A community health and nutrition navigator connects people to medical providers and community resources for health and nutrition needs.

“There is a pressing need for frontline health workers with expertise and experience in assisting individuals and communities to navigate complex healthcare systems,” said Heidi L. Katte, lead faculty for the program. “We are serving the community with the goal of healing Milwaukee through nutrition and health awareness from the inside out.”

Graduates could work as community health navigators, food pantry directors, and health educators, Katte said.

CNC Setup and Operations

This is an accelerated, stand-alone, short-term certificate through the Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation Pathway to help students get into the workforce faster in a specific part of the machining field. Large and small manufacturers across the district urgently need skilled Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine operators/programmers, metalworkers, and tool and die makers.

Enhanced Yoga Instructor

The Enhanced Yoga Instructor (EYI) is a wellness professional who has advanced knowledge to allow for interprofessional relationships within the medical community. The program goal is to educate EYIs beyond the role of teaching public classes – to elevate them to trusted wellness practitioners/partners within the healthcare community; with enhanced skills in working with special populations, injury prevention and mindfulness for a holistic approach to wellness for individuals and communities. Graduates are able to register with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT500 designation.

Food Science Technology

This program, through the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Pathway, teaches students how to produce, package, preserve and distribute food and beverages safely and efficiently.

Opportunities in the food science industry are expected to grow as new products are developed using biotechnology. Also spurring job growth is the desire to increase the quality, quantity and safety of food production for a growing population. Employers could include manufacturers of foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals; possible careers include food science technologist, laboratory technician, quality assurance technician, process technician and quality assurance inspector.

Leadership Development

Managers, directors, coordinators and supervisors in almost any field can learn the effective leadership skills crucial to today’s workforce in this program, offered through the Business & Management Pathway. Students are taught to think critically, solve problems, organize, build work teams, develop and maximize human resources, and develop effective leadership soft skills.

Sign Language Interpreting in Education

This program in the Community & Human Services Pathway prepares students to be educational interpreters who serve as the crucial communication link between deaf or hard of hearing students and the classroom teachers in the K-12 academic setting. Upon completing this degree, graduates must take and pass a national written and performance evaluation in order to meet the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) License 0020.

Register or apply now

Current and future students can view class options for Summer and Fall 2022 at

Not yet enrolled at MATC? MATC accepts applications for students year-round. Starting an application is the first step to starting a degree or diploma program, earning a certificate, learning English, finishing high school (GED/HSED) or just taking a class.

To get start the application and enrollment process, go to

About MATC: 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 25,000 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.