Friday, May 12, 2017
Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States (2009 – 2017), visited Milwaukee on Friday, May 12, to keynote the Milwaukee Area Technical College Spring Commencement. She also celebrated free community college programs like the MATC Promise during a visit to Milwaukee Public Schools’ Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade High School.
Biden toured Bradley Tech, along with MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin and Dr. Martha Kanter, the Executive Director of the College Promise Campaign and former U.S. Under Secretary of Education. They met with leaders and students participating in the MATC Promise, and highlight the crucial education pathway from Bradley Tech to MATC.
Their visit preceded MATC’s Spring Commencement. Dr. Biden will be the keynote speaker and Dr. Kanter will be an honored guest at the Commencement. Approximately 1,400 students will graduate from MATC’s associate degree, technical diploma, apprentice, and adult high school programs.
MATC Promise launched in fall 2016. This program covers tuition and fees for qualified graduates to attend MATC once they have exhausted other sources of federal and state aid.
Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution 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. Approximately 40,000 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 200 academic programs; nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees; and School of a Pre-College Education that assists people to complete high school, prepare for college or enter the workforce. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services.
The College Promise Campaign is a non-partisan initiative building broad public support for making a community college education free for all hard working students. Under the leadership of Dr. Biden and Dr. Kanter, along with Vice Chair and former governor Jim Geringer (R-WY), the College Promise movement has expanded to nearly 200 initiatives in 40 states.