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MATC Emerging Scholars Program

students working on car as automechanics togetherThe MATC Emerging Scholars Program is an alternative education option that allows students to accelerate on credits, graduate from high school, and take coursework as preparation for certain technical careers. Instruction takes place at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).

Who is eligible?

Students in grades 9–12 who are age 16 or older and meet program criteria

What are the program criteria?

To be eligible for Emerging Scholars, students must meet at least two of the following conditions.

  • One or more years behind in number of high school credits attained
  • Two or more years behind in basic skills
  • Habitually truant
  • Teen parent
  • Adjudicated youth

Through Emerging Scholars, students can earn a minimum of 1.5 high school credits each quarter. Alongside core academics, students can also receive job training by taking part in hands-on career and technical education courses taught at the college level.

stir fry with vegetables from cooking classCareer Areas

New areas are sometimes added; ask for a current list of available courses.

  • Auto Electrical Systems
  • Auto Engine Servicing
  • Auto Minor Services
  • Business Co-Op
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Culinary Arts Exploration
  • Food Services & Culinary Arts
  • 3D Modeling and Design

MATC Emerging Scholars students attend the MATC Downtown campus. Transportation is provided. Emerging Scholars are eligible to attend MATC Open House events, job and community service fairs, and workshops offered by MATC.

The MATC Emerging Scholars Program has been a partnership with Milwaukee Public School since 2000.

Learn More


MATC Downtown Campus
700 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 475-8140

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