The Milwaukee Urban League has recognized an initiative involving UWM for its work to boost student achievement and close equity gaps in Milwaukee.
The M3 (pronounced M-cubed) partnership, which includes Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee Public Schools, was honored for educational leadership at the Milwaukee Urban League’s 60th Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon on Wednesday. UWM Chancellor Mark Mone, MATC president Vicki Martin and MPS Superintendent Keith Posley picked up awards at the ceremony at the Pfister Hotel.
The latest recognition follows other encouraging signs for M3 and the initiative’s overarching goal of transforming Milwaukee through education.
The M3 Early College program enrolled more than 60 students this fall, about double the size of the inaugural class from the spring 2019 semester. Students in the latest class would earn 19 college credits over the course of the academic year, giving them a taste of higher education.
The Parent Institute, another M3 program, expanded this year from parents of ninth- and 10th-grade students to those with children in MPS middle schools. The program supports parents as advocates for children’s academic success and increases awareness of programs and services available at each M3 partner. The Parent Institute also provides information about postsecondary options and entrance requirements.
M3 was also honored in October at the University Economic Development Association national conference in Reno, Nevada, winning the “Talent + Place” category for its benefiting the community and economy.