by Pamela Young, Published October 09, 2013
YPSILANTI – Detroit area students and the surrounding community will enjoy increased educational opportunities at Eastern Michigan University’s EMU-Detroit campus, which celebrated its opening on Oct. 7.
Located at 7800 W. Outer Drive, just east of the Southfield freeway, EMU-Detroit is designed to accommodate additional students from throughout metro Detroit. More than 60 community members, alumni and staff toured the seven new classrooms, including a computer lab. Each classroom can accommodate up to 25 students.
EMU President Susan Martin opened the celebration by noting that her parents were born in Detroit and that she loves the city.
"This new facility will allow Eastern Michigan to reach out and encourage more citizens to further their education at a reasonable price,” Martin said. “We’re excited about the expansion.”
EMU-Detroit currently offers both credit and non-credit courses in such areas as social work, undergraduate degree completion programs such as nursing and more. The majority of classes are held in the evening.
The fall 2013 semester’s classes include Reading and Writing in Nursing Studies; Introduction to African Civilization; Urban Community Mental Health; “The Social Worker’s Role in Assessing and Managing Pain; and Human Trafficking: Implications for Social Workers.”
Eastern Michigan has had a strong commitment to the city since EMU-Detroit originally opened at the city’s Northwest Activities Center in 2000, says Kim Schatzel, EMU provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs.
“We’ve gone from a 6,300 square foot site to one that is 10,500 square feet,” said Schatzel. “This reconfirms our presence in Detroit.”
“EMU-Detroit is excited about expanding partnerships with metro Detroit community colleges,” said Caroline Sanders, EMU-Detroit regional manager. “As a non-traditional transfer student to EMU, I understand the importance of offering and expanding our programming to all students, but especially working adult students.
Sanders said, “I’m looking forward to working with Detroit students to pursue their educational goals, and furthering partnerships in the community on behalf of Eastern Michigan University.”