By Jerome Vaughan, Michigan Public Radio Network
DETROIT – Michigan State University officially opened its Detroit Center Thursday afternoon. The center, located just north of downtown, will house programs for the College of Education and the Community Music School. Office for admissions and government affairs will also be housed there.
MSU President Lou Anna Simon says the Detroit Center allows the university to expand the work it's already been doing in the area.
"Well, I think that if you look at our work, not simply in the center, but in neighborhoods across the city of Detroit, we want to continue that work in partnership with a variety of agencies in order to really make a difference. Here, this is a way people can find us."
Simons says half of the university's incoming class is from the tri-county Metro Detroit area. She says she hopes the Detroit Center will encourage more students to go to college.