MATC switches to all virtual services and wraps most in-person instructions before Thanksgiving


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Milwaukee (November 13, 2020) – Milwaukee Area Technical College will be offering nearly all student services starting Monday, November 30. The college will also look to complete in-person instruction before Thanksgiving whenever possible. These measures address health and safety concerns regarding the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community. About 70% of the courses are already offered online. This change is effective until the fall semester, which ends on December 18.

“The health and safety of our students and employees and upholding our mission to provide the best possible education is of paramount importance,” said Dr. Vicki J. Martin, President of MATC. “We strive to achieve these results and are confident that we have struck the right balance between having as few people as possible on campus to avoid the spread while providing the tools to continue training students for careers with salaries to support the family and meet the needs of employers in the area.

Limited access to on-site labs and classrooms will be available to perform in-person hours after Thanksgiving only in cases where programs / courses must meet a certain number of in-person contact hours for accreditation, the licensing, industry standards and / or course proficiency requirements. Approved off-site teaching and experiences, including apprenticeships, internships, personalized off-site training, clinical placements and other off-site instruction, will continue.

The vast majority of student services such as admissions, financial aid and counseling will be offered virtually starting Monday, November 30. Limited staff will be available on campus to help students access virtual services, which will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Limited staff are also provided for specific student resources on campus and further details will be shared as they become available. Students are encouraged to access online services where possible.

MATC will launch a virtual services page at matc.edu this includes ways to reach teams by email, phone and, in many cases, video.

Since the start of the pandemic, MATC has developed plans based on several scenarios so that the college can adapt quickly. A health and safety committee has met weekly to review key indicators of COVID-19 in areas such as cases, testing, contract finding and care, as well as in the community and college. Due to the current state of COVID-19 in our community and in our college, the committee recommended these additional measures to prioritize health and safety, and the college leadership has approved them.

The largest technical college in Wisconsin 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. Almost 35,000 students per year attend the four campuses and community sites or learn online. MATC provides affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform community life. The college offers over 150 academic programs; and transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees with more than 35 four-year colleges and universities. The vast majority of MATC graduates build careers and businesses in Southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited by the Higher Education Commission.

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Perry A. Thomasson