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centralOn June 18 2014, Central Michigan University celebrated the grand opening of its newest and most urban campus in downtown Detroit. The university, which is commonly called “the heart of Michigan,” captured hearts in and around Detroit, leading to the development of the landmark building located near one of the area’s main attractions, Campus Martius. Guests and alumni accompanied CMU President George E. Ross on an afternoon tour of the facility and witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony which trumpeted CMU’s arrival on the downtown Detroit scene.

The new addition to the landscape with its maroon and gold flag, is the first for CMU since the opening of its off-campus learning center at Selfridge Air National Guard Base 40 years ago. Their slogan, “Continuing the commitment,” speaks to their dedication to supportiing the nearly 50,000 CMU alumni who live and work in the tri-county area. The downtown campus is one of the seven satellite locations in the metro Detroit area, and will offer online and hybrid classes, corporate training, alumni receptions, and leadership development recruiting events. CMU is a national pioneer in off-campus educational programs and workshops.

“This location in the heart of Detroit and across from Campus Martius continues Central Michigan University’s long-standing commitment to Michigan’s trademark city, its residents and its businesses,” President Ross explained. “We are pleased to celebrate a decades-old relationship with the city and region through this expanded presence.”

Sherry Knight, associate vice president of University Communications of Central Michigan University, added, “We’re absolutely thrilled to be here, how exciting to be from the heart of Central Michigan to the heart of Detroit. This is our time, this is Detroit’s time and we’re so happy to be a part of that era. We’re re-emphasizing the opportunities to businesses and students.”

Central Michigan University’s reputation for quality education extends beyond the classroom. President Ross, the only one out of 11 siblings to graduate from college, expresses the importance of education, crediting his success to higher learning.

“The attainment of education is truly transformational. You’ll be amazed at what a student will become if afforded the opportunity of a good education. This is what it means to be committed and CMU is committed to Detroit,” said President Ross.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, CMU has grown to become Michigan’s fourth largest university. To date, the university has enrolled over 2,000 students to their 2014 Leadership Safari Program, a weeklong summer program that introduces incoming freshmen to classes before the fall semester.

The new post-secondary facility will increase CMU’s presence in the city of Detroit, and offer education and advancement for prospective students living and working in the Detroit area. As the CMU Chippewas say (CMU commonly-known nickname which is sometimes shortened to Chips), “Fire p Chips” — and fire up Detroit.

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