Wayne State brings bachelor's-level business classes to students at Jackson College

Cutting the ribbon to open the office
Associate VP Ahmad Ezzeddine (left), JC Trustee John Crist
JC President Daniel Phelan, Provost Keith Whitfield
and JC Trustee Donna Lake

A new partnership between Jackson College and Wayne State University was celebrated Jan. 14 with a ribbon-cutting and the official opening of the Wayne State office on Jackson's central campus.

Wayne State will begin offering classes from the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Jackson later this year, allowing students to pursue a bachelor's in business from the convenience of the JC central campus on Emmons Road. The two institutions have the shared goal of expanding affordable, high-quality post-secondary degree options and now Jackson County residents can benefit from this partnership and pursue their four-year degree in their community.

"We are excited to provide our students with a public institution presence on the central campus of Jackson College," JC President Daniel Phelan says. "The addition of Wayne State University to the college's University Center will provide students with an additional baccalaureate degree completion option. Students who would not normally pursue completion at WSU due to location will now be given the opportunity to maximize transfer credit, save money and stay in their home community. We are delighted to share the common goals of student access, success and completion with Wayne State University and look forward to expanding this partnership in the future."

Wayne State University Provost Keith Whitfield says the partnership benefits everyone.

"As a public institution, we are thrilled about this new partnership with Jackson College because it will allow us to serve a new group of students that we haven't previously reached directly," Whitfield says. "Most of our partnerships are in the tri-county area, so this is a big and exciting step west for us. We've had great conversations with President Phelan and Jackson's leadership team, and the idea of bringing a four-year business degree to this campus is exciting. We are proud of what we do in Detroit and we believe this partnership will be an asset in Jackson as well."

Ribbon cutting at the office
Associate Vice President Ahmad Ezzeddine (left),
JC President Daniel Phelan and
WSU Provost Keith Whitfield

Jackson students can transfer up to 82 credits to WSU by following the Ilitch School articulation agreement in place between the two schools, helping students maximize credits earned at JC while saving time and money in their pursuit of a WSU bachelor's degree.

General business and management classes will be taught by Ilitch School faculty. To be eligible to enroll, students must apply to WSU using the online application at apply.wayne.edu. Once accepted, they can browse for classes and register at classschedule.wayne.edu.

Prospective students can stop by Wayne State's new office in Room 129, McDivitt Hall, Jackson College Central Campus, 2111 Emmons Road, Jackson, MI 49201, for more information. Students who need help transferring to Wayne State can contact the Transfer Student Success Center at transfer@wayne.edu or by calling 313-577-2487. Visit TSSC.wayne.edu to learn more.

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