Concordia University's accelerated learning center in Dearborn is gearing up for its grand opening, and has begun accepting applicants for its summer and fall classes.
Saul Davis, the center’s director and student manager, said Concordia will host a welcoming event aimed at generating interest for prospective students on May 15.
Students can learn about the college's classes, meet with financial advisers, and tour the new facility, located inside the Great Lakes Members Credit Union building at 22720 Michigan Ave. Anyone who attends the May 15 event can also receive an application waiver (a $50 value) just for attending.
The center offers an accelerated degree program that will allow students to take classes over a six to eight-week period geared toward working adults, Davis said.
The center offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice management; a bachelor’s degree program in business management; a master’s degree program in organizational management leadership administration; liberal arts degrees; Master of Business Administration; and health care management degrees, among others.
Concordia is a private, liberal arts college based out of Ann Arbor. It’s affiliated with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In 2012, the Michigan branch of the school merged underneath Concordia University of Wisconsin. Since then, it has announced the satellite campuses in Jackson, Dearborn and Frankenmuth.
Davis said the Dearborn center is renting roughly 5,000 square feet and is the first location to utilize a build out design from an existing building. The location includes a virtual conference room, a computer lab, a student lounge, and six classrooms.
Contractors are currently installing furniture and expect to have the center fully functional by early summer, Davis said.
"Our first term starts in July, and we hope to be in full swing by the fall," he said.
In addition to classes, Davis said with the center's faculty plans to offer a variety of services, including English as a Second Language programs, to help build up the workforce talent in southeast Michigan.
"We want to reach out and help breach the language barrier that prohibits a lot of smart people from landing their dream job," he said.
The Concordia campus will be part of an already wide array of options for students in Dearborn. The city is home to Henry Ford Community College, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the Everest Institute, ITT Technical Institute, Sanford Brown College, Central Michigan University, Spring Arbor University, and the Kaplan Career Institute.
To learn more about Concordia’s programs, visit www.cuaa.edu.