Wayne State's Macomb Education Center gives county residents convenient access to a top four-year college degree

February 2, 2010

Wayne State University's Macomb Education Center (MEC), located at 16480 Hall Road, officially opened its doors to the public on Feb. 3, 2010, giving Macomb residents increased opportunities to obtain an affordable four-year college degree from one of the nation's top urban research universities.

"Wayne State agreed to open the Macomb Education Center because it met several of the university's expansion objectives, including an opportunity to be the leading four-year institution to serve the higher education needs of Macomb County," said Ahmad Ezzeddine, Wayne State University associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs. "The Macomb Education Center answers the call by offering a third location in Macomb County for Wayne State's programs and services, thereby increasing the academic options available to Macomb residents."

Formerly the site of the Macomb County Library, the newly renovated MEC emerged out of discussions between the Macomb County Board of Commissioners and Wayne State University in 2008. The County Commissioners proposed a scenario in which Wayne State would turn the building into a WSU educational facility, but specified public services would remain and be run by the county. As such, the MEC is a hybrid facility that includes computer laboratories, classrooms, faculty and staff lounges, seminar and conference rooms, and the publicly accessible Macomb County Reference and Research Center. In addition, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the Macomb Literacy Partners maintain their services in renovated space in the facility. 

"During these tough economic times, the Wayne State University and Macomb County partnership is a bricks-and-mortar testament to the power of collaboration," Ezzeddine said.  "The MEC is an innovative, win-win solution that leverages and builds on the resources that already exist in the county. It preserves a landmark building, as well as a number of public services contained therein, while adding a four-year educational component."

The opening of the Macomb Education Center represents Wayne State's growing presence and commitment to higher education services to county residents. Other WSU centers include the University Center - Macomb in Clinton Township, and the Wayne State Advanced Technology and Education Center at the Macomb Community College South Campus in Warren, Mich.

Wayne State University will offer academic programs at the Macomb Education Center starting in spring 2010. With the addition of the Macomb Education Center, students will have access to a number of degree and certificate programs in various disciplines, and will be able to complete and earn a WSU degree in Macomb County at one of the university's three County locations. Wayne State University has also partnered with Macomb Community College to offer the WayneDirect program.  This program allows students to concurrently enroll at both institutions while taking advantage of the resources offered by both schools, including a series of articulation agreements that serve as a road map for students who wish to transfer from Macomb College to Wayne State University.  For a complete list of academic programs available in Macomb County visit

Grand Opening Week Information:

To showcase Wayne State's Macomb Education Center, special community events have been scheduled through Grand Opening Week: February 2 - 5. The general public will have an opportunity to visit the MEC facility for a variety of events that will showcase WSU's education programs, research and professional development training.

Highlighted events:

  • The public is invited to experience the benefits of the Macomb Education Center on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 from 7-9 p.m. for a community event titled, "Exploring Career Choices with Your Child," for parents to help students ages 11-18 identify their potential career interests.
  • The public is also invited to the Wayne State University Executive and Professional Development's (EPD) "Training Showcase" where condensed versions of EPD's popular training workshops will be presented. Featured are Social Networking, Continuous Process Improvement, Coaching, and Small Business Owner in the Making. Workshops will be held Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 1-5 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

To register visit: or call (313) 577-4449.


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Wayne State University is a premier urban research university offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.