LSSU Opens Regional Center in Dearborn

LSSU Opens Regional Center in Dearborn

July 30th, 2010/LSSU News


DEARBORN, Mich. -- Lake Superior State University has established a regional site in partnership with Henry Ford Community College at the Dearborn University Consortium Center located on the campus of Advanced Technology Academy.


The University will offer degree completion options in business and criminal justice beginning this fall. Future degree completion offerings could include Applied Geographic Information Systems, Computer Networking and Web Development in 2011.


"Henry Ford Community College has developed new articulation agreements with LSSU allowing HFCC students to complete their bachelor's degree in Dearborn," said Gail Mee Ph.D., HFCC President. "This is an extremely efficient and cost-effective path for students to complete their education in the Dearborn community."


A signing ceremony for the HFCC-LSSU articulation agreement is set for July 28 at HFCC. A ribbon-cutting for the center is being scheduled for Aug. 26 in Dearborn.


"The establishment of the center gives us a presence in the Metro Detroit area," said LSSU President Tony McLain Ph.D. during a keynote speech during ATA graduation ceremonies earlier this year. ATA is an LSSU charter school. "It also allows us to bring our high-value educational programs to students who never before had access to LSSU. We're very pleased to be part of this partnership. It builds upon and strengthens the relationship we've had with ATA over the years.


LSSU Board of Trustees Chair W.W. "Frenchie" LaJoie agreed, saying, "We've spent a lot of time on this agreement and in establishing this site, which will be very favorable for Lake Superior State and our students."


LSSU will incorporate the Ford Partnerships for Advanced Studies curriculum at the DUCC to provide students with 21st century skills.


"We are delighted that the Ford-PAS curriculum will be used by this new partnership," said Mike Schmidt, director of Education and Community Development with the Ford Motor Company Fund. "These education modules are designed to equip students with critical thinking, team building and other career-relevant skills in fields such as environmental sustainability, economics and engineering."


Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly has expressed his enthusiasm for the center for several months.


"Dearborn has always been a strong supporter of higher education and with the combination of the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus and Henry Ford Community College, we have over 27,000 students enrolled. This certainly qualifies us as a college town, but more important, demonstrates a commitment to meeting a significant demand for preparing professionals and leaders for the Metropolitan Detroit area. Additionally, Dearborn's central location, diverse cultural offerings, excellent amenities and quality of life combine to provide an attractive and stimulating environment to students, visitors and our 100,000 residents.


"The Dearborn Center assembles the resources of ATA, Ford-PAS, LSSU and Henry Ford Community College to launch an educational concept that builds upon LSSU's unique programs and broadens options for students," O'Reilly continued. "This next generation learning center will mobilize educators, employers and community leaders to act on new ways to provide education and training that will match the demanding requirements of the 21st century workforce."


"LSSU is looking forward to being part of the Dearborn community," said Bruce Harger, LSSU Director of Public School Academy Operations, said. "We will offer the last year or two of practical programs that lead to areas of high demand employment. We're concerned about the increasing cost of higher education. That's one of the reasons why we decided to establish this partnership. It will allow us to offer an excellent-quality LSSU education to the residents of southeast Michigan."


ATA Chief Administrative Officer Barry Hawthorne said the DUCC will be governed by a Ford-PAS Business Education Advisory Council.


"In these challenging and uncharted economic times, we must provide our youth with the best possible education options to position Dearborn, the region and the state of Michigan for a bright and sustainable future," he said.


ATA Board President Richard Schneider agreed, saying, "The demands of the 21st century require innovative methods of teaching and learning so that students experience both academic and professional success."


Fairlane Ford President Julie Turla praised the Ford Motor Company for taking a leadership role in establishing Ford-PAS. -LSSU-


About the Dearborn University Consortium Center: The center is designed to prepare students with high quality interdisciplinary experiences that challenge them academically and develop their problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. The DUCC is enrolling students for fall 2010 classes. Contact Eric Dubitsky, Regional Site Director, at 313-625-4712 or to learn more.