Alumni Notes

Alumni Notes

We want to recognize our talented and inspirational alumni and their accomplishments. The following updates are gathered from national news outlets and notes sent by alumni. You can be proud that tens of thousands of MATC alumni are transforming our region, state and world.

Capriece Batchelor ('95 Cosmetology) and his upscale Bay-area salon – the Culture of Hair or "COH" – were profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle. Batchelor is the salon’s master stylist and creator. The salon includes a crew of six specialized "hair artists."

Karen Bell ('98 Culinary), owner of Bavette La Boucherie in Milwaukee, was a 2018 finalist for the prestigious James Beard Award, considered one of the top honors in the culinary world. Also, Bell will operate a second location in the new Mequon Public Market slated to open by the end of the year.

Herb Fischer (Barber) moved his barbershop from Bayside to Grafton, where he is located within Headquarters Barbershop. Many of Fischer’s clients seek the old-fashioned barber experience with personal relationships. Fischer began taking barber classes in 1959 when the college was referred to as "Milwaukee Institute of Technology."

Matt Hastings (Culinary) has a new role as executive chef for Main Course California in Ventura, California. Hastings has 30 years in the culinary industry, including work for upscale golf and country clubs, a four-star steakhouse, a retirement community and fast-paced restaurants.

Lisa McKay ('13 Culinary), executive chef and owner of Lisa Kaye Catering, received a SPARC award from Scale Up Milwaukee. Her Milwaukee-based company opened in 2007 and offers general catering plus company events and weddings.

Kimberley Motley ('98 Paralegal), the only American litigating in Afghanistan’s courts, was featured on the cover of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine. After MATC’s paralegal program, she went on to one of our transfer partners, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then Marquette University Law School.

Jose Sanchez ('94 Paints and Coatings) has expanded his Wauwatosa startup, Sanchez Painting Contractors, from two employees to 15. His accomplishments recently earned him recognition as one of Wisconsin’s most powerful Latinos by Madison365, a community media outlet based in Madison, Wisconsin. Sanchez attended MATC as an apprentice from 1992 through 1994.

Katherine (Kata) Young ('12) participated in a panel of experts at a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) roundtable on policy for integrated agricultural landscape management at the FAO North America Headquarters Office in Washington, D.C. The roundtable discussion explored where agroecology fits within the idea of integrated landscape management, and the measures that need to be taken to ensure success.

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