MSU Detroit Center demonstrates our commitment to Southeast Michigan

10-01-2009

Michigan State University tonight officially opens the MSU Detroit Center. While this opens a new chapter in our engagement with Detroit, the story of our involvement with the city and region stretches back many years. The MSU Detroit Center is a symbol of our expanding commitment that extends throughout Southeast Michigan.

The 22,000-square-foot leased building at 3408 Woodward Avenue in the heart of downtown Detroit houses the new Community Music School (CMS) Detroit; College of Education headquarters for teaching interns and classrooms and meeting space for graduate education; and offices for admissions, advancement, and governmental affairs staff.

Southeast Michigan’s importance to MSU begins with our connections to its population. More than 21 percent of MSU’s 420,000-plus alumni live in the three-county Metro Detroit area. Nearly half of MSU’s incoming freshman students are from Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties.

With this new facility, MSU will not only increase its investment in the region but, more important, will expand its commitment to Detroit-area residents.

We are particularly excited that this facility is home to the new Community Music School Detroit, operated by MSU’s College of Music that will provide Detroit-area children and youth with an in-depth, sequential music experience while also building vital life skills.

CMS Detroit will offer MSU the opportunity to create new partnerships with area businesses and arts organizations that will afford CMS students opportunities to learn about the music industry, form relationships with community cultural organizations, and connect with potential employers.

CMS Detroit, which opened its doors in August, will feature a jazz ensemble in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; early childhood music sessions; multimedia arts and digital media classes in partnership with YouthVille Detroit; music therapy; and the New Horizons Band for adults of all skill levels.

The College of Education will use space on the second floor to hold classes and meetings for about 160 teaching interns placed in Detroit-area schools each year, as well as their mentor-teachers. In addition, the building also will become a hub for graduate-level College of Education courses held in Southeast Michigan and various programs that operate in partnership with Detroit schools.

This includes the annual Summer Urban Immersion Fellowship for MSU teacher candidates and monthly meetings to remain connected with Detroit high school students who participate in a college readiness program on campus each summer. Like Detroit and our partners in the region, MSU values resilience, hard work, and a commitment to solving problems and empowering prosperity. Our collaborative work there is built on a foundation of successful partnerships that have been nurtured through the years.

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