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Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation a Futuremaker Partner

March 21, 2018 | Conor Smyth

[PHOTO: WTCS Board President presents award to Tom Hurvis, Foundation co-founder, while MATC President Vicki Martin and Foundation Executive Director Nathaniel Lynn look on. Photo by Sefton Ipock, MATC.]

Milwaukee, WI - The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) honored the Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation on Tuesday evening. The Foundation helps youth to succeed in their academic and professional lives by providing scholarships, mentoring and internships. The WTCS Futuremaker Partner award recognizes the unique, dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin's technical colleges and their employer partners.

“These folks and the work they are doing with MATC truly embody the spirit of the Futuremaker Partner award,” said WTCS Board President S. Mark Tyler, who is the founder and President of Woodville-based OEM Fabricators. “At a time when we need to be encouraging everyone’s full engagement in the workforce, that is precisely the Foundation’s focus.”

The Foundation’s partnership with MATC engages the college and its students in several ways, including:
• contributing to curriculum development for the college’s automotive program, through its affiliation with ADAMM, the six county auto dealers trade and training association;
• funding student scholarships on an annual basis, including the MATC Promise and Peak Scholar programs;
• establishing the connections that led directly to financial support for the future Al Hurvis Peak Transportation Center; and
• leading the investment in the new MATC RevUp Program, which was designed to improve student engagement, retention and completion by providing support services for current students, as well as outreach and career exploration opportunities for middle and high school students, particularly disadvantaged youth, who may be interested in transportation careers.

As a reliable partner in the development and promotion of hands-on career awareness and exploration, the Foundation is also helping to strengthen MATC’s relationship with the Medical College of Wisconsin. That unique partnership led to a training program for laboratory techs and MATC student participation in “500 Stars,” a strategic initiative to increase diversity in the translational science workforce.

“Together, we have a lot of lives to change,” said Foundation co-founder Tom Hurvis. “We’re just at the beginning, so we need to think big.”

“The Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation and the tireless dedication of its visionary co-founders, Tom Hurvis and Chas Mulcahy, have expanded our impact in industries, especially transportation,” said MATC President Vicki Martin.

“MATC’s new RevUp program, an outgrowth of this partnership, will connect students beginning in middle school with a college pathway to in-demand transportation careers. The Foundation demonstrates a commitment to our mission and students through program support, scholarships, and in helping launch our new men’s and women’s tennis teams,” Martin said.

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ABOUT WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 400 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized business solutions and technical assistance to Wisconsin employers. More than 300,000 individuals access the technical colleges each year. Learn more

ABOUT AL HURVIS/ADAMM EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation was incorporated on October 16, 2015 to provide scholarships, mentoring and internships for needy high school students based on academic achievement, leadership and community service. In 2016, the Foundation entered into a collaboration with Milwaukee Area Technical College and area high schools, focused on youth in financially disadvantaged areas and creating job opportunities in the automotive industry. Learn more

ABOUT MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy, providing innovative education in the region since 1912. The college’s affordable and accessible education and training opportunities empower and transform lives in the community. MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. Learn more