Milwaukee Area Technical College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Accreditation through the HLC " . . . provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an organization has been found to meet the agency's clearly stated requirements and criteria, and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them."


  • It gives the assurance that students will be able to attain definite educational outcomes.
  • It pledges that students get qualified instructors and high quality up-to-date curriculum.
  • Without accreditation by a nationally recognized accredited organization, a school and its students are not eligible to participate in government student assistance programs such as federal grants and loans.
  • Employers look at a degree from an institution with accreditation as a credential demonstrating motivation and quality education.
  • Most employers who offer tuition assistance will not reimburse tuition if an employee attends a school that is not accredited.
  • Having credits from an accredited 2-year college makes transferring these credits to a 4-year college or university a more seamless process.

For information about program accreditation, see the Program Accreditation page.

If you have any questions, please contact our HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) Dr. Christine Manion.

Milwaukee Area Technical College Assurance Argument, 2023 (pdf)