Wednesday – December 12, 2018

The President's Office
Dr. Vicki J. Martin
Tenth President of Milwaukee Area Technical College

Dr. Vicki J. Martin was named the 10th president of Milwaukee Area Technical College by the MATC District Board on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She assumed the position Wednesday, July 2. Dr. Martin has served MATC since 1988 and most recently was the college's Executive Vice President and Provost since March 2010.

"We are confident that Dr. Martin will provide strong leadership for the college," said Bobbie Webber, chairperson of the MATC District Board. "Throughout her career she has been an advocate for our students and understands the critical role MATC plays in the success and growth of local businesses."

"I appreciate this opportunity and am committed to making MATC the premier comprehensive technical college that enriches, empowers and transforms lives," said Dr. Martin. "Student success and innovation are my priorities. I am committed to enhancing the region through the college's numerous services and programs and developing strong relationships with our business community."

In September 2015, Dr. Martin introduced the MATC Promise, a program that provides eligible, new high school graduates with tuition to attend the college. In May 2018, she launched the MATC Promise for Adults, offering free tuition for eligible students age 24 and older to finish an MATC associate degree that is tied to an in-demand career. Both programs cover tuition costs after other scholarships and grants the student received have been applied.

Dr. Martin is one of the leaders of the M3 initiative that aligns Milwaukee Public Schools, MATC and UW-Milwaukee and strives for student success from kindergarten through college. Dr. Martin also is the chairperson of the Bradley Tech High School Commission.

As the college's chief academic officer since 2007, Dr. Martin facilitated many critical initiatives, including:

  • Implementation of Career Pathways – integrated programs and services intended to develop students' core academic, technical, and employable skills
  • Creation of Faculty Innovation Center and Women in Technology Center on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus;
  • Expansion of manufacturing and health programs to the MATC Education Center at Walker's Square and Health Education Center, respectively;
  • Growth of Service and Engaged Learning efforts in all academic programs
  • Introduction of Innovation Grants for faculty and staff totaling more than $300,000;
  • Establishment and expansion of new interdisciplinary areas of study, including environmental and sustainability studies; creative technologies; entrepreneurial studies; information technology; food and beverage management, technology and manufacturing;
  • Strengthened relationships with area school districts and increased high school articulation agreements, through which high school students earn college credit.

Prior to becoming provost, Dr. Martin was vice president of MATC's Oak Creek Campus and director of strategic planning for three years (2004-2007). She played a key role in the development of the Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM) Center, which led to new curriculum creation and partnerships with local and regional businesses and manufacturers.

From 1998-2004, Dr. Martin oversaw MATC's strategic planning and research efforts, instituting quality improvement plans and increasing the collection and analysis of data in decision-making processes.

In 1996, Dr. Martin was promoted to regional campus team leader for the Oak Creek Campus, the college's largest regional campus, and served in that role for two years. During her tenure in this position, she expanded relationships with external constituents and enhanced high school articulation agreements with area school districts.

She was the student services director at MATC's Oak Creek Campus from 1988-96 and oversaw registration, admissions, assessment, financial aid, orientation, advising, counseling, and scheduling. Dr. Martin initiated the implementation of admissions and advising services for Hispanic and Hmong students.

Prior to coming to MATC, she served as dean of students at Milwaukee's Carroll College/Columbia College of Nursing from 1984-88. She had previously worked as a student counselor from 1980-1984 at Carroll/Columbia. Dr. Martin began her professional career as a counselor/ advisor at UW-Milwaukee's School of Nursing in 1979.

The Milwaukee native holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from UW-Milwaukee, master's degrees from the University of North Dakota (counseling and guidance) and Cardinal Stritch University (business management), and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from UW-Madison. Dr. Martin has served as an adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch, focusing on courses in management and leadership.


Office of the President
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
700 West State Street
Room M200

MATC Presidential History

Robert L. Cooley 1912 - 1940

William F. Rasche 1940 - 1958

George A. Parkinson 1958 - 1968

William L. Ramsey 1968 - 1981

Rus F. Slicker 1981 - 1990

Barbara Holmes 1990 - 1992

John R. Birkholz 1992 - 2001

Darnell E. Cole 2001 - 2009

Michael L. Burke 2010 - 2014

Vicki J. Martin 2014 -


Welcome to the Milwaukee Area Technical College website! I invite you to explore this site to learn about our high-quality, affordable academic programs and our support services designed to help you achieve success. Also check out the information about our four campuses and the 50+ student clubs and organizations.

We offer more than 200 associate degree, technical diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Our programs are crucial to the region's economic vitality and lead to a wide variety of career opportunities. Select programs are offered online, in an accelerated format, and in Spanish.

Interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree? MATC has transfer partnerships with four-year colleges and universities, including the UW System, so you can start at MATC and transfer your credits to a four-year institution.

If you need to complete your high school education, earn a GED or improve your English-speaking skills, MATC's School of Pre-College Education can help you reach your goals.

Our graduates can be found in every career sector in the region: 95 percent of recent associate degree graduates were employed within six months of graduation and their average salary was $45,641; 89 percent of the technical diploma graduates were employed within six months of graduation and their average salary was $34,423.

The cost of an MATC education is among the most affordable in Wisconsin and the MATC Foundation Inc. offers scholarships to help eligible students with their expenses.

For more than 100 years, MATC has been committed to enriching, empowering and transforming lives throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Our core
values (Student Success, Accountability, Collaboration, Customer Focus, Diversity, Excellence, Innovation and Integrity) are integrated into every aspect of the college – from the moment you inquire about an MATC education to the day you walk across the stage as a proud MATC graduate. 

I invite you to learn more about our college and wish you all the best,
Vicki J. Martin, Ph.D.