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Macomb Community College and Wayne State University create seamless pathway to bachelor’s degree

– Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:00AM

Wayne Advantage-Macomb harnesses resources of both schools to support students in completing credentials

A new partnership between Macomb Community College and Wayne State University will allow qualified students to concurrently enroll at both institutions, getting a head start on a WSU bachelor’s degree while completing a Macomb certificate program or associate degree.

“We have been serving students in Macomb County for more than 40 years, and are proud of the strong relationship we have with Macomb Community College,” said Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson. “We are confident that Wayne Advantage-Macomb will help our two schools align even more as we strive to ensure that more Macomb County students earn associate and four-year degrees, which in turn will provide the well-prepared workforce that employers want and need.”

Wayne Advantage-Macomb features enrollment in both schools, coordinated financial aid calculated based on combined credit hours at both schools and joint academic advising.  Students will be able to move seamlessly between Macomb and WSU to complete their plan of study, taking courses at either or both schools at the same time, supported by a joint transcripting process to assist students in staying on track.

Wayne Advantage-Macomb is another important step in our collaboration with Wayne State University to equip more members of our community with the college credentials vital to fulfilling, sustainable careers,” said James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College.  “As longstanding partners, we continue to look at opportunities to tap the strengths of both institutions to avoid duplication, create additional higher ed opportunities for Macomb County residents and develop new ways to support student success and degree completion.”

Students enrolled in Wayne Advantage-Macomb will benefit from access to the extensive resources offered by a comprehensive community college and a major urban research university.   These include access to both the Macomb and WSU library systems for research and course preparation; support for academic and career success from both institutions including tutoring, workshops, job opportunities and professional planning; Study Abroad programs; and events and student organizations at both Macomb and WSU.

Wayne Advantage-Macomb is open to any individual who meets Wayne State’s admission requirements and is interested in taking classes at both WSU and Macomb Community College.  Students may apply at any point in their academic career, but deadlines for admission to WSU vary by term.  Deadline for the Winter 2016 term is December 1, 2015.  More information about Wayne Advantage-Macomb is available at go.wayne.edu/wayne-advantage.

Wayne State’s efforts on this initiative were supported in part by the generosity of The Kresge Foundation.

About Wayne State University
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan and nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Macomb Community College - James Melton, 586.445.7271, meltonj@macomb.edu; Wayne State University - Carol Baldwin, 313.577.9703, carol.baldwin@wayne.edu