Concordia University Interim-President William Cario (left) and Milwaukee Area Technical College President Vicki J. Martin sign a partnership agreement.

Students, employees, and graduates of Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) can now seamlessly pursue a Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) bachelor’s degree at a discounted rate through a new partnership agreement.


After earning an MATC associate degree, students become eligible for a CUW scholarship to continue their education and work toward a bachelor’s degree. The “Direct to CUW Scholarship” is available to all MATC graduates who have not attended another four-year institution, regardless of the year of graduation from MATC. The Scholarship includes $150 towards adult accelerated bachelor degree courses and waives the application fee.

For employees of MATC, CUW offers a “Business Community Partnership Scholarship” that includes discounts in accelerated undergraduate and graduate courses and waives the application fee.

This partnership is made possible through MATC’s Center for University Partnerships and Studies.

“We are excited to partner with Concordia University to continue to strengthen opportunities for our students and staff to earn a bachelor’s degree,” says MATC President Vicki J. Martin, Ph.D. “Our students will have another convenient way to continue their education at Concordia,  whose commitment to access and opportunity for lifelong learners aligns well with our mission.”

In addition to providing the scholarship awards, CUW will have representatives on MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus to assist with in-person academic advising. Dedicated online assistance is also available. Other unique benefits to the partnership include:

  • Flexibility—Choose between online learning and virtual evening classes
  • Ease—Transfer up to 84 credits for accelerated bachelor’s programs
  • Support—Know your professors and classmates because of small class sizes
  • Access—Learn more about robust financial aid packages, military discounts, and additional scholarship opportunities

“MATC and Concordia have a deep and successful history together,” says Dr. William Cario, interim president of Concordia University. “We’re pleased to formalize a transfer program that makes it even easier for MATC students to further pursue their passions and achieve their personal goals in a way that fits into their busy lives.”

Learn more at cuw.edu/MATC 

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About Milwaukee Area Technical College:

Wisconsin’s largest technical college 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. More than 25,000 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 more than 150 academic programs; and transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees with more than 35 four-year colleges and universities. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

About Concordia University Wisconsin:

Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin is situated on 200 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline in Mequon, Wisconsin. The university has six academic schools and offers more than 75 academic programs; including six doctoral programs and Wisconsin’s largest MBA. Whether online or in-person, students experience a genuine, purposeful education and develop in mind, body, and spirit as they go forth in myriad vocations to live a “you first” life in a “me first” world.  

In 2013, Concordia University Wisconsin merged with Concordia University Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Together, CUWAA annually enrolls nearly 8,000 undergraduate, adult, and graduate learners. The university is part of the Concordia University System, a nationwide network of colleges and universities that are each independently run but affiliated with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

— Lisa Liljegren is assistant vice president of strategic communications within the Office of Strategy and University Affairs.

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