MILWAUKEE (June 1, 2017) – Milwaukee Area Technical College announced today in a news conference that the college will add men’s and women’s tennis teams beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.
The teams will participate on the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III level and will be independent. The women’s team will compete in the fall; the men’s team will compete in the spring. The teams will play home matches at Marquette University’s Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center.
MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin said, "We are excited to add men's and women's tennis programs to the athletic offerings for our students. The staff of our athletic department is committed to teaching the fundamental value that hard work and persistence lead to success on the court, in the classroom and throughout their lives. We look forward to partnering with area high schools, tennis clubs and the Hurivs/ADAMM Education Foundation to build successful programs."
Jakeira Isaac, graduate of Rufus King High School and a mentee of Hurvis/ADAMM, who also attended the news conference, plans to be one of the first students participating in MATC’s new tennis programs. Isaac said she will start at MATC in fall 2017 and plans to pursue a career in nursing. She has applied for the MATC Promise, which pays tuition and fees after federal and state financial aid is applied for eligible high school students enrolling at the college. “I feel at home on the court and have appreciated what coaches and tennis have done for me,” Isaac said. “And I am looking forward to “free college.”
Dan Johnson, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), who participated in the news conference said, "The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is honored to be here today to recognize the launch of MATC's women's and men's tennis programs. The ITA is encouraged to see more two-year colleges, like MATC, expand their offerings to include tennis as a way to recruit students who are both serious about tennis and focused on their career path."
MATC offers seven additional teams that compete in the North Central Community College Conference (N4C).
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 Pre-College Education, which assists people with completing high school, preparing for college or entering 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.