First female to complete MATC’s tool and die program

December 22, 2011

From “Going Where No Woman Has Gone” —  Katherine Ewaskowitz knew what she was getting herself into, and she knew it was going to be tough.

But despite the jokes, despite the snide comments, she made it through. And not only was a diploma waiting for her on the other side, so was a little bit of history.

Ewaskowitz is the believed to be the first woman to achieve a technical diploma in Milwaukee Area Technical College’s tool and die making program.

Others have started and stopped, and it’s possible that women were in the program previous to MATC’s records – particularly during World War II, when many women were enrolled in those types of programs, said Ginny Gnadt, a public relations specialist with MATC. There have also been women in the apprenticeship program.

But no instructors can recall any other females achieving the diploma and she is officially the only woman to do so according to the school’s records, Gnadt said.

It’s accomplishment that means quite a bit to Ewaskowitz and her family.

“I am really proud of myself for it,” she said.

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